29 November 2012

Mayor Rattenbury sets to public land use

| johnboy
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Shane Rattenbury has let it be known he’s legislating for “reform” the use of public unleased lands:

“The Public Unleased Land Bill 2012 modernises the Roads and Public Places Act 1937, and seeks to reduce red tape for businesses, community groups and Canberrans wanting to use public spaces for events and other ceremonies,” Minister Rattenbury said today.

”The changes will also assist business by introducing reforms including the ability to transfer existing land use permits with the sale of their business and the extension of the maximum permit length from 12 months to two years.

“The reforms also clarify the conditions on which public unleased land can be used for infrastructure, such as charity bins and construction skips, signs and parking of vehicles.

“Additionally the Public Unleased Land Bill 2012 will help protect public land from misuse by increasing enforcement powers and the right to refuse the renewal of a permit if public safety concerns arise. It also increases the ability for the Territory to seek a bond from permit holders to mitigate any potential damage to public land.

We look forward to seeing how this pans out.

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