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Kangaroo Island Property Revaluation

4 February 2021


The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (14:58): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Treasurer, representing the Attorney-General, a question about revaluation of properties on Kangaroo Island.


Leave granted.


The Hon. J.A. DARLEY: Immediately following the bushfires on Kangaroo Island in January last year, the district council of Kangaroo Island made a request to the Valuer-General to review the capital valuations of all properties where the improvements on the land were completely or substantially destroyed, in accordance with section 15(1) of the Valuation of Land Act, so that the council could then provide ratepayer relief to owners for the period of January to June 2020. I understand the Valuer-General refused the request and will only adjust the valuation of these properties from 1 July 2020 rather than 1 January 2020, when the bushfires occurred.


1. Can the minister advise whether the Valuer-General will reconsider this decision?


2. Can the minister advise what action the Valuer-General has taken regarding the bushfires in Cudlee Creek, the South-East and, more recently, Cherry Gardens?


The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer) (14:59): I will be pleased to refer the honourable member's questions to the minister and bring back a reply.


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Response


2 March 2021


The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer): The Attorney-General has advised:


1. As advised by the Valuer-General to the Hon. John Darley MLC at the Budget and Finance Committee hearing on 12 October 2020, valuation adjustments to 435 properties directly impacted by the Kangaroo Island bushfire were made as at the date the bushfire event commenced – being 10 December 2019.

Those valuation adjustments were communicated to Kangaroo Island Council on 27 March 2020 to adopt at their discretion in accordance with the Local Government Act 1999.


The Valuer General is currently undertaking the 2021-22 general valuation, with a dated valuation of 1 January 2021 and coming into effect 1 July 2021.


2. The Valuer-General confirms that adjustments were made for both Cudlee Creek and the South-East as at the date of fire. The Office of the Valuer-General is currently working with Land Services SA in regard to the more recent bushfire event at Cherry Gardens.