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Local Government (Fixed Charges) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading

(Continued from 1 November 2017)

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (22:11): I rise to indicate support for this bill which amends the Local Government Act, which currently provides that fixed charges cannot be charged for certain categories of sites—those being at the moment caravan parks, residential parks and marinas. The bill amends this to include retirement villages, the reason being that retirement villages are often on a single title, and residents are given a licence to occupy their particular units. Councils do not actually provide direct services within retirement villages but do provide amenity for rubbish removal, road maintenance and so forth adjacent. The impact of this should be to reduce the amount of council rates being paid by retirement village residents overall, and therefore we support the bill.

The Hon. M.C. PARNELL (22:13): I had not put myself on the list, but I just want to say for the record that the Greens also will be supporting Hon. John Darley's bill for the reasons that he offered when he introduced it and also for the reasons that the Hon. Michelle Lensink has just elaborated.

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (22:13): I would like to thank the Hon. Michelle Lensink and the Hon. Mark Parnell for their contributions to this bill and commend the bill to the chamber.

Bill read a second time.

Committee Stage

Bill taken through committee without amendment.

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN: Mr Acting President, I draw your attention to the state of the council.

A quorum having been formed:

Third Reading

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (22:16): I move: That this bill be now read a third time.

Bill read a third time and passed.