Electronic Conveyancing (adoption of national law) Bill 2012
I am pleased to add a few comments in regard to this bill, which will take conveyancing a step further in recognising that the use of electronic lodgement of documents will enable conveyancing to take place more efficiently and conveniently but will also recognise an agreed national system that was agreed to some time ago. It will enable agreed national principles to be applied across the country. Clearly this is a significant advancement in conveyancing in Australia generally but particularly in this state. Not only will obvious efficiencies be created but it should also mean there will be a lower cost associated with registering property transfers, and that will benefit people who purchase properties in the future
I am pleased to support this legislation. However, a number of constituents who have purchased property recently in different parts of my electorate have gone to the council, as is appropriate whenever property is transferred, to check whether there are were restrictions on the property and they have been advised, and have believed, they would be able to build on their property. Although it is not relevant to this legislation, the issue of people purchasing property they believe they will be able to build on has become a problem. Recent changes as a result of decisions in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal may mean that a number of those people will not be able to build. Most recently a constituent who had bought two blocks of land in Coomoora for $250 000 believed they would be able to build on them and the council had advised them that was the case. However, under changes providing you cannot build on land that is in a potable water catchment. The constituent has been advised they cannot build and there is no solution for them, so suddenly the value of their land has changed. This is a matter that I know is before the Minister for Water and the Minister for Planning. I certainly hope they will be able to find a solution for people who have bought blocks of land in a number of places, whether it be in the Newlyn or Trentham areas and other parts of the Macedon Ranges including Coomoora.
I hope the government will take action, to enable councils to act more quickly to allow people to build on their land, recognising the potable water issues — ensuring that the treatment of the water on their land is carried out appropriately but in a way that will enable them to build. This legislation clearly enables greater efficiency in conveyancing for purchasers, but people also want to know that when they purchase land and get information from councils that they will be able to build on that land, they can believe that advice. They do not want to t find out afterwards that their land is significantly reduced in value or that their plans for the future will not be realised. I hope the government will respond to those issues in regard to the potable water catchment restrictions and find a way of ensuring that we can quickly respond and that people who purchase blocks with a view to building on them will be able to have this matter resolved.