State depart­ment gains rates re­duc­tion

North Coast Times - - #SNAPPERTH - Lucy Jarvis

THE Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion (DWER) asked the City of Wan­neroo to change land val­u­a­tion of its Pin­jar prop­erty, re­sult­ing in a $2000 rates re­duc­tion.

The coun­cil noted the main use of the Old Yanchep Road prop­erty was res­i­den­tial in its Oc­to­ber 10 de­ci­sion, and rec­om­mended the change in val­u­a­tion method from unim­proved value to gross rental value to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port, the depart­ment sought change be­cause it was not be­ing used for a ru­ral pur­pose.

“The prop­erty is be­ing used for res­i­den­tial pur­pose only and there­fore should be rated on the gross rental value method,” the re­port said.

“There is no lease or li­cence agree­ment be­tween DWER and ei­ther the tenant or the real estate agent for the land to be utilised for agri­cul­tural or farm­ing pur­poses.

“This would be in­con­sis­tent with DWER’s pol­icy for the pro­tec­tion of ground wa­ter – th­ese premises are lo­cated in a pri­or­ity one drink­ing wa­ter source area.”

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