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|September 26, 2009
of Pittwater, Australia
State Labor must Finally Listen on
Waterfront Tenancy Issues
Wednesday 23 September 2009
“…a lack of
collaboration [between NSW Maritime and the Lands Authority] is
resulting in different practices and variations in rents and conditions
between the two agencies”
Auditor-General on Administering Domestic Waterfront Tenancies
Shadow Minister for Ports Andrew Stoner today called on Ports Minister
Joe Tripodi and Lands Minister Tony Kelly to sort out the mess over
domestic waterfront tenancy leases.
In a report released today, the Auditor-General found that a lack of
collaboration between NSW Maritime and the Department of Lands over
domestic waterfront leases had led to inconsistencies in the way the
charges were administered and implemented.
Property owners have experienced large rent increases over the past few
Mr Stoner said State Labor needed to fix the situation for the many
water property owners affected, largely on the Central Coast and in
areas of Sydney including Pittwater.
“The Auditor General has confirmed today that the NSW Labor
Government’s failure to collaborate on domestic waterfront leases had
led to inconsistencies on charges levied on property owners,” Mr Stoner
“The State Labor Government’s approach has meant that the rent of many
owners has tripled since 2004. This is hurting land owners and tenants.
have been treated unfairly by State Labor in yet another tax grab.
“The Auditor-General received a record number of submissions on this
issue, which the Liberals & Nationals have raised repeatedly,
so Joe Tripodi and Tony Kelly have known about this problem for a while
now and should have acted on it.
“It’s no coincidence that Joe Tripodi and Tony Kelly have been two of
the factional hacks plotting over the Labor leadership. They’ve taken their eye off the
ball and many land owners and tenants have lost out as
Labor has put internal feuding ahead of the State.”
“I am glad the Auditor General listened to our calls for action in the
face of State Labor’s failure to do anything on this issue.
“It confirms what we have been saying and that is that landowners have
been ripped off. It just demonstrates that State Labor treats people
differently depending on where they live.
“I’d like to congratulate the Waterfront Action Group on their
grassroots campaign and the coastal Coalition MPs who successfully
lobbied for the Auditor-General’s report.
“It’s now time for Joe Tripodi and Tony Kelly to collaborate and make
amends for their failure on waterfront tenancies,” Mr Stokes said.
MEDIA: Andrew Stoner 0427 164 092 / Ben Shine 0431 096 596
On the waterfront:
threat of rent strike for jetties
September 24, 2009 - 11:36AM
No one likes paying tax but, after steep rises in rents for jetties,
boatsheds and the like over the past few years, waterfront property
users are in revolt.
They are either not paying their annual rental bill in full or are
threatening not to pay it at all.
An Auditor-General's report yesterday disclosed the number of those
behind in paying their rent has more than doubled in four years – and
it warned this may increase as some are threatening to "pay less than
their annual rent until the net rate of return is adjusted".
Many of these waterfront tenants recall paying a nominal £1 rental for
a boatshed or jetty, which rose over time to about $1000 a year –
before a hike to $8000 or more, following a review in 2004 by the
Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.
The waterfront tenancies, which are handled either by Maritime NSW or
Lands NSW, have outstanding payments of as much as 14.6 per cent of the
total amount assessed, the Auditor-General found, or nearly three times
the rental property average of 3 to 5 per cent.
"They're comparing apples with oranges, instead of apples with apples,"
Barney Redmond, of the Foreshore Owners Association, said of the kernel
of the dispute.
"If they're going to increase the value of land every year, then they
must review the return."
The tribunal arrived at a formula that assumed a 3.05 per cent return,
far in excess of private estimates drawn up for the Waterfront Action
Group, which is opposing the rises, and which reckons that in
Pittwater, the average return is about zero and in Sydney Harbour less
than 1 per cent.
As a result, it has briefed senior counsel before launching legal
action to have the rental rises rolled back.
George Citer of the Waterfront Action Group said, "Because of the
failure of Maritime and Lands to follow the [tribunal] recommendation
that 'the rate of return will need to be regularly reviewed', the rents
have increased in line with increases in the values of adjoining
freehold properties, instead of in line with market rents.
"There are numerous examples of rent increases of about sevenfold since
The Auditor-General's report "confirms what we have been saying and
that is that landowners have been ripped off," said the NSW Coalition's
deputy leader, Andrew Stoner.
"It just demonstrates that state Labor treats people differently
depending on where they live.
"And, even if some of the affected property owners want to forgo their
water access, and not pay the rent, they feel they are between a rock
and a hard place with the rental rises.
"If you don't retain the lease, your property value declines. They have
you over a barrel and you pay the rents they want to charge."
Sydney Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble
The Mona Tones
Open at 2.30pm)
at Pittwater High School Auditorium
Mona St, Mona Vale
Group Fitness on a Friday
training classes will be starting soon on a Friday at the
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Classes will be fun outdoor exercise for fitness, fat loss and toning.
A mix of bodyweight exercises, weights and boxing.
Suitable for all levels, even if you’ve never lifted a dumbbell or
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*1 on 1 and small group training also available.
Talk@ Mona Vale Library
HUMAN BRAIN’S MYSTERIES
Mona Vale Library’s next Author Talk will host Dr Perminder Sachdev,
who is the professor of neuropsychiatry at the University of New South
The Author Talk will take place on Tuesday 29 September at 6.30pm at
Dr Sachdev will discuss his new book The Yipping Tiger and other tales
from the neuropsychiatric clinic, which presents ten real-life stories
unveiling the mysterious workings of the human brain.
The book’s case studies involve brain disorders ranging from anorexia
and Tourette’s syndrome to dementia and golfer’s cramp, or ‘the yips’,
as it’s popularly known.
Offering engaging explanations of how the brain works, Dr Sachdev is
adept at making brain science digestible for the curious layperson.
The author explains how brain disorders have been conceptualised and
treated through the decades, as well the challenges each condition
poses for both the neuropsychiatrist and his patient.
Dr Perminder Sachdev is an award-winning professor of neuropyschiatry,
having worked at the University of New South Wales since 1999. He
specialises in the diagnosis and management of psychiatric and
Dr Sachdev is also the author of Akathisia and Restless Legs and the
editor of Secondary Schizophrenia.
Perminder Sachdev’s talk will begin at 6.30pm at the library in Park
Street, Mona Vale. Books will be available for purchase and signing by
the author. Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning
9970 1600. Payment is required within 3 days of booking.
The admission fee which includes light refreshments is $7.50 or $5.50
(please show cards at the door).
Media contact: Catherine Buddin, Librarian Ph: 9970
Lost & Found
Please contact Penny at Ferry Office
- Set of Keys on Silver keying Dade Behring with
0433 038 408
Found by Sally Fitzgerald a pair of glasses - they have
purple/aqua and silver rims with narrow rectangular frame.
Please contact Claire Atkins
During the wonder Festivities of WaterMarks on Sunday the
20th September, I misplaced a pair of prescription sunglass
I am offering a reward if found.