Praise for Govt’s strata ti­tle over­haul

BET­TER CHOICE, AFFORDABILITY

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

PROP­ERTY groups have backed the State Gov­ern­ment’s planned strata re­forms.

The gov­ern­ment will in­tro­duce leg­isla­tive changes to the strata ti­tles sys­tem, the first ma­jor change in more than 20 years.

Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion WA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor John Gelavis said it would en­able greater hous­ing choice through­out Perth sub­urbs.

“Hous­ing choice is crit­i­cal for af­ford­able hous­ing and changes to this leg­is­la­tion should ul­ti­mately pro­vide more op­tions for consumers,” he said.

“It should also pos­i­tively con­trib­ute to­wards meet­ing our den­sity tar­gets by mak­ing it eas­ier for mixed-use de­vel­op­ments to be ti­tled.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion looks for­ward to work­ing with the Gov­ern­ment to de­velop the changes to en­sure a pos­i­tive out­come for the hous­ing in­dus­try.”

Ac­cord­ing to Prop­erty Coun­cil WA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lino Ia­comella, the in­tro­duc­tion of a com­mu­nity ti­tles scheme would de­liver mixed use tran­sit hubs by al­low­ing de­vel­op­ment next to Metronet lines and above train sta­tions.

“Com­mu­nity Ti­tle will en­able de­vel­op­ments that can pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing and meet needs such as shop­ping and busi­ness trans­ac­tions all within walk­ing dis­tance of the train sta­tion,” he said.

“This level of live­abil­ity is some­thing rarely seen in WA due to overly-re­stric­tive strata laws.

“Once the new strata leg­is­la­tion is passed, we’ll see trans­port-ori­en­tated de­vel­op­ments tak­ing shape that will trans­form how West Aus­tralians think about public trans­port.”

Mr Ia­comella said there was po­ten­tial for cre­at­ing greater hous­ing choices and more af­ford­able so­lu­tions.

HIA di­rec­tor John Gelavis.

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