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Landmarks Issue 31 April 2001 The magazine of the Department of Land Administration Aerial photography SkyView puts WA in the picture New industry hatches along coast Taking WA maps to the world Contents COVER STORY – Putting WA in the picture DOLA launches SkyView WA .........................................3 New industry hatches along coastline Message from the Planning for more aquaculture sites ............................5 Chief Executive Getaway guide to south coast Recently I attended a function New touring map hits the stands..................................7 where it was refreshing to hear a company executive openly admit to Making the most of aerial photography . living on the “edge of chaos” The best places to mow .................................................8 She said that after having read a book about managing business, Tackling Kimberley fire management and life generally, on the edge of Satellite expert called in...............................................10 chaos, she felt reassured that it is possible not just to survive – but DOLA’s Business Activity Profile prosper. The third quarter of 2000-2001 .............................. 11/12 As long as you have a goal it shouldn’t matter if you spend most of the journey to get there slightly off course. The main thing is to arrive at your destination. Access the key to As the speaker has an immensely successful ecommerce business, services there’s no doubt she is tracking well. Efficient land administration is an essential New products are It makes one consider the business tool for a thriving economy. progressively of the future, with a workforce being added to driven by a new set of values. In Western Australia we sometimes the Department’s virtual shopfront Certainly the old paradigm of take our land administration system for landonline.com.au and this month it will remaining in one organisation for granted. launch SkyView WA, making its vast mosaic of aerial photography available over the life has long gone. However, it is a system that has been Internet. At DOLA we are soon to commence one of the best in the world since last Our aim is for most of WA’s land information on a leadership program to find our century. to be created, stored, updated, distributed leaders of tomorrow. Successful and paid for entirely online. employees of tomorrow will be We can proudly say we have not rested on our laurels but have continued to develop With modern security systems in place to focussed, flexible, responsive, our system so that in many areas we con- protect the integrity of the data, anyone at resilient, balanced and full of vitality tinue to set international benchmarks. any time, will be able to use our information and they need leadership to suit. if they have access to the Internet. For organisations like ours which The Department of Land Administration (DOLA) leads this charge and has now Community access to land information will are managing business in the new continue to be the key to DOLA’s service millennium, the rapid rate of change embraced the challenges of new technol- ogy to emerge as a key player for the provision in the future. in technology alone is quite a Government in the field of ecommerce. The professionalism, commitment and challenge. creativity of the staff of DOLA is an asset to The land information industry with While land administration is still pivotal our community and a real demonstration its reliance on new technologies to its day to day business, increasingly of the value of public service. is typical of a constantly evolving DOLA’s future lies in providing informa- tion about land, particularly through the Alannah MacTiernan business environment. Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Internet. The challenge for us today is to embrace the notion of change. Landmarks is available in alternative formats. We have to find that edge between structure and chaos that allows us Landmarks is published quarterly by the Department of Land Administration to be innovative and creative while (DOLA), Western Australia, Midland Square, Midland, Western Australia. PO Box maintaining the discipline to focus 2222 Midland, 6936. Telephone (08) 9273 7373. on daily delivery of our services to www.dola.wa.gov.au the public. Editorial enquiries: (08) 9273 7561 GRAHAME SEARLE Subscription and advertising enquiries: 9273 7566 ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE Email: Landmarks@dola.wa.gov.au 2 Internet revolutionises distribution of spatial imagery Cover story “SkyView joins I t is no secret that the Internet has irreversibly changed the face of information delivery. can be purchased and down- loaded immediately. thousands of individually rectified Larger images will be written to aerial photographs in Recognising that technology is revolu- CD then sent to the customer, seamless mosaics tionising the way we do business, the while those over 600 megabytes Department of Land Administration has covering large areas of will be priced on availability. moved quickly to employ the Internet Western Australia. ” as an alternative method of distributing Mr Campbell said DOLA was one spatial imagery to both the general of four worldwide organisations to public and its own employees. be approached by Earth Resource Mapping in late 1999 to pilot the In May it will launch SkyView WA, revolutionary Image Web Server. cision-scanned the imagery and enabling images previously too large then, using ER Mapper, mosaiced, for viewing over the Internet to be “Like most other organisations, colour-balanced and orthorectified downloaded from its ecommerce site DOLA had traditionally served the files. Land Online. imagery to its clients via CD-ROM, ” Mr Campbell Using ECW compression, the Land Database Manager Ian Campbell explained. imagery was reduced to two images said SkyView joined thousands of with 0.4 metre resolution.Each individually rectified aerial photographs “However, this method was inef- image was around 15GBs, making in seamless mosaics covering large ” ficient and time-consuming. them more manageable. areas of the State. DOLA collaborated with Earth The same process was applied to Clients will be able to pan and zoom Resource Mapping’s technical seven 1.2m resolution grey-scale over the imagery to view, select and team to incorporate the Image mosaics of the South West and purchase any portion of the image. Web Server into its existing sys- satellite images covering the entire tems and launch a new product The cost of the image will be displayed 2.5 million square kilometres of WA called SkyView WA. and, if under the three megabyte limit, at a resolution of 100m. Initially, DOLA vigorously tested Mr Campbell said SkyView was a the pilot site by serving imagery user-friendly website. It grouped internally. The Department also imagery in three categories: served imagery from computers at its front desk, giving customers • High Resolution – 0.4/0.5m pixel access via these workstations. colour metropolitan and country town mosaics To expand the website for full public use, DOLA initially focused • Low Resolution – 1.0/1.2 m on the Perth metropolitan area, colour and greyscale imagery of capturing 3300 high-resolution the State’s agricultural areas frames. Uncompressed, this imagery totalled 650GB. • Satellite Imagery –100-metre Land Database Manager Ian Campbell and pixel colour statewide mosaic DOLA Web Administrator Lori Polkinghorn DOLA designed a batch process prepare for the launch of SkyView WA. to handle the large blocks of For more information telephone Mr image, DEM and control. It pre- Campbell on 9273 7162. 3 Resources pooled for aquaculture projects Commercial aquaculture sites have been established at Bremer Bay and Wyndham and others are planned for Albany and the Dampier Peninsula. 4 Expressions of Interest were called for the Albany proposal and submis- sions sought from interested par- “Potential to boost the State’s ties. export earnings as well as Mr Raven said DOLA had responded to the increased interest in aqua- regional employment and culture by streamlining its proc- esses within its Land Administration development. ” Services branch. Regional teams worked in consulta- tion with all major Government agencies on each proposal. They also received widespread sup- port from local government, which A n exciting new industry is hatching along Western Australia’s coastline. Not only will the production of fish through aquaculture reduce pres- sure on WA’s wild stocks, it also has saw many benefits from this kind of industry, particularly in relation to local employment and develop- significant potential to boost the ment. Commercial aquaculture sites have State’s export earnings as well as already been established through- regional employment and develop- Mr Raven said DOLA was part of out the State, including Bremer Bay ment. a working group now working on and Wyndham, and plans for several plans for several aquaculture farms more are nearing fruition. The latest site to be finalised is near in the State’s north. Albany, where approximately 9ha As administrator of the State’s next to the old whaling station on This group is investigating areas Crown land, the Department of King George Sound will be used to of Crown land, along the Dampier Land Administration is working farm abalone for overseas export. Peninsula north of Broome, which in conjunction with Fisheries WA could be used for black tiger prawn to lay the foundations for several Land Administration Services and barramundi farming. aquaculture sites across the State. Project Officer Murray Raven said He said Aboriginal communities were using most of this land, and many of them had expressed inter- est in being involved in aquaculture projects. “With private sector backing, we hope to establish several joint ventures with Aboriginal communi- ties that will lead to a sustainable ” local industry, Mr Raven said. Fisheries WA Pearling and Aquacul- ture Acting Program Manager Tina Thorne said aquaculture was seen as the only way to increase WA’s production of fish, as wild stocks The production of abalone (above and were already being harvested at a centre) and prawns (below) through sustainable level. aquaculture will reduce pressure on WA’s wild stocks and boost the State’s export She said aquaculture projects were earnings. already operating throughout WA and included a diverse range of enterprises operating in both tropi- cal and temperate regions. Principal land-based activities included the production of freshwa- ter crayfish, freshwater and marine finfish and algae for the production of beta-carotene. 5 Leading the way in geospatial information W estern Australia is leading the country when it comes to sharing geospatial information Its new SmartPlan system makes it easier to access cadastral infor- mation and enables agencies to and Australia Post. There is also a lot of interest from national rural groups. ” with utility providers. retrieve electronic data directly from DOLA’s system. Through the WA Land Information Department of Land Administration System, DOLA is working towards Land Information Services Director “Because the cadastre is dynamic common data models to allow Henry Houghton says while other and changes all the time, agencies geospatial data to be easily states are struggling to establish like Western Power, Alinta Gas shared. coherent procedures, WA’s system and the Valuer General’s office use meets all the criteria identified at this system to regularly update With open standards, DOLA recent Geospatial Information and believes it will be much more flex- Technology Association (gita) work- ible. shops in Sydney and Melbourne. “DOLA works hard Mr Houghton says the sale of public utilities often results in a dissemina- These include: to ensure up-to- tion of land information which may • Providing utilities with a date information is be used for commercial gain. common and timely source of ” available. He is working with regulatory digital cadastre and address bodies to ensure that, if this occurs information in WA, public information remains • A common method of sharing their own databases,” says Mr freely available. geospatial data for the industry Houghton. “We want to avoid these utilities • Securing public data from “This saves them having to conduct being able to charge for information private ownership prior to the their own research. Some of them that was formerly available at no sale of utilities are now starting to build specific ” cost, says Mr Houghton. systems that will easily link with • Guaranteed security and liability “It is also important to ensure that ours.” of data sharing people’s privacy is not invaded, and Mr Houghton says DOLA has up- the data is not abused or on-sold.” Mr Houghton says the workshops to-date property street address examined the need for spatial infor- information, maintained with direct mation sharing in the utilities indus- input from local government. try, with participants from many NSW and Victorian agencies. It also led a national team to develop an Australian stand- The feedback from gita’s confer- ard for geocoded property ences clearly demonstrated that street address data. the requirements of the user com- munity in the eastern states, par- This is currently being con- ticularly utilities, were not being sidered by Standards Aus- considered in the development of tralia to be adopted as a major Government policies. national standard. However, Mr Houghton says WA “The aim is to build a is well-positioned in comparison to national property street the other states. ” address database, says Mr Houghton. DOLA works hard to avoid unneces- Land Information Services Director Henry “We have support from Houghton says DOLA provides up-to-date sary duplication and ensure up-to- agencies such as Telstra information to WA’s utilities and works tirelessly to date information is available. avoid duplication. 6 Getaway guide to WA’s south coast O nce in a while we all need to parks, picnic spots, lookouts, boat lists the features in each town, from escape the hustle and bustle ramps, scenic drives and historical public telephones to hotels. ” of everyday life. features. For the first time, the map also fea- Western Australia’s Lower Great “It includes relevant warning notes tures useful website addresses for Southern region is the perfect place such as swimming and fishing local tourist information centres, the for a peaceful getaway. restrictions and a facilities guide WA Tourism Commission, CALM and DOLA. Stretching from Walpole in the west to Waychinicup National Park in the east, it features national parks, steep mountain ranges, majestic native forests, spectacular coastal scenery and enchanting networks of streams, rivers and inlets. To ensure you don’t miss any of the best sites on your next trip, the Department of Land Administra- tion this month released a new StreetSmart touring map highlight- ing the best spots in this wonderful region. Holiday maps online Geographic Information Manager Ron Vincent said the colourful new map replaces two publications W estern Australia’s acclaimed series of touring maps is now available online. “Overseas travellers can pre-plan their journey to ensure they don’t ” miss any of the best sites. covering the South and Rainbow coasts. Produced by the Department of DOLA’s best-selling map features Land Administration, the maps WA’s South West corner, covering Compiled in conjunction with the the winery region of Augusta, Mar- cover all of WA’s popular holiday Department of Conservation and garet River, Dunsborough and Bus- regions, from as far north as the Land Management, it includes lots selton. Kimberley and south to Esperance. of interesting historical facts to whet the traveller’s appetite. DOLA Chief Executive Allan Skinner Other regions covered by the maps says the maps are available for include the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gas- Major towns such as Albany, Den- coyne Coast, Mid-West, Southern instant download for a small fee mark, Mt Barker and Walpole are Forests, Batavia Coast, Greater from www.landonline.com.au – enlarged to ensure you don’t miss South West, Goldfields-Esperance DOLA’s virtual shopfront. any of the popular attractions, and the South West Corner. such as the Scotsdale tourist drive, “Not only does this make the maps Denmark Timber Heritage Trail and cheaper and more accessible to Mr Skinner says in line with its com- Bibbulman Track. tourists, it also boosts WA’s profile prehensive ecommerce strategy, in the global marketplace, says Mr ” DOLA plans to offer more digital Colourful pictures of Bluff Knoll, land products over the Internet. Skinner. the Treetop Walk, The Gap and the blowholes highlight the kind of impressive scenery the Lower Great Southern is famous for. “This map directs you to some of WA’s most beautiful landscapes,” Mr Vincent said. “It displays all the information tour- ists might need such as caravan 7 Customer solutions: A new way of mowing T he list of possible uses for aerial photography is endless. the images were compiled using existing high-resolution imagery extracted from DOLA’s existing The new images, which will form part of the contract documents, will allow exact calculations of the Perth metropolitan mosaic. areas to be mown. It provides key data for town and infrastructure planning and is used This mosaic was produced from “The mowing contractors will be by farmers, pastoralists, miners and 1:20,000 colour aerial photography able to look at the different areas local authorities. acquired in January 2000. and determine what method of ” mowing is required, Mr Ioppolo It is also used in construction, to “We overlaid cadastral boundaries said. monitor coastal erosion and even by to accurately define the extent of police when conducting searches the school sites and contours to “By using the colour guide they will and other similar operations. indicate the nature of the terrain know where they need to pick up and help the contractors decide the clippings and where they can Aerial imagery also forms the basis what type of equipment to use, ” be dropped. Areas shaded orange of much of our mapping. Mr Abbott said. are semi-cultivated and only need But there are many other ways ” attention a few times a year. “We then mapped the position and this valuable information can be calculated the area of the different Mr Ioppolo said EDWA also hoped applied. zones to be mowed. to use the images for other pur- The Department of Land Administra- poses, such as general planning “These images are high-resolution tion recently produced customised and asset management. and have accurate geographical digital maps of about 400 schools coordinates. In GIS format, they It may also use them to manage the in Perth’s metropolitan area for the also have several layers, so you can use of its transportable buildings. Education Department. choose to see only one or two sets of information at a time or view the DOLA’s aerial photography library Provided on CD-ROM in PDF whole image. ” dates back to the early 1950s. format, these images will be used to streamline EDWA’s lawnmow- EDWA Property Services Officer All regions are continually updated ing program and its tender proce- Tony Ioppolo said the Department every one to 10 years at different dures. used to provide prospective tender- rates of scale, based on a schedule ers with not-to-scale sketches of prepared by the Western Australian DOLA Land Database Mainte- each school illustrating the areas Land Information System (WALIS) nance Supervisor Garry Abbott said requiring maintenance. council. The metropolitan area is revised annually, so EDWA has the option to regularly update this imagery. DOLA produced customised digital maps of about 400 Perth schools for EDWA, highlighting the different lawn maintenance zones. 8 Focusing on WA townsites T he Department of Land Mr Wharton said the 2001-2002 “For example, this financial year the Administration’s aerial program would also focus on WA’s Water Corporation asked for new photography program will turn marine areas, as WALIS was keen to ” imagery of Broome, he said. its attention to WA’s townsites capture the whole coast from Wyn- “What they didn’t realise was we next financial year. dham in the north to the South Aus- had covered this area the year tralian border in colour at 1:50,000. As part of an ongoing commitment before and this was sufficient for to update its aerial photography Five areas had been given priority their needs. This probably saved database, DOLA will launch a revi- - Kalbarri to Lancelin, Margaret ” them in the order of $22,000. sion of all townsites with popula- River to Albany, Lancelin to Two tions exceeding 2000. Rocks, Bunbury to Margaret River and Dampier to Onslow. Each town will be captured from both overhead and oblique angles. “Initially we will just be looking to create a basic set of images, Mr” Air Survey Coordinator Alan Whar- Wharton said. ton says this is the first time DOLA has implemented an ongoing revi- “From this we hope to go a bit sion program of the State’s town- further by looking at features such sites. as islands and reefs which will help us identify things like seagrasses, “Until recently they have been marine parks and areas of high captured haphazardly at different erosion.” ” rates of scale, he said. Mr Wharton said as coordinator of “The new images will be photo- the aerial photography program, graphed at 1:10,000 and in full DOLA carefully checked all requests colour. to avoid duplication. “Those with a population of 2000 Not only did this save clients thou- to 10,000 will be revised every five sands of dollars, it also made better years or so, while those more than use of existing imagery. An oblique view of Busselton from 10,000 will be flown every three DOLA’s extensive collection of aerial years. imagery. Inset: Operations inside the aircraft. “Our aim is to create orthophotos from these images which we can sell and make available via our website. “We also hope to make the oblique shots available in digital format on CD-ROM. ” Mr Wharton said aerial photography was used for a wide range of pur- poses, including town planning, conversation, road management and tourism. DOLA’s annual program cost $960,000. The majority of this was spent on the general revision sched- ule while the remainder was allo- cated to special projects for mem- bers of the Western Australian Land Information System (WALIS) council. 9 Experts tackle Kimberley fire management projects in other states and from A n increasing number of fires in the Kimberley over recent years has prompted united The group is charged with assess- ing the accuracy of the fire affected area data mapped from satellite ” the land itself. Ms Raisbeck-Brown’s job involves community action. imagery. It also assesses biomass verifying and improving the Fire fuel accumulation for different Affected Area (FAA) maps produced With funding from the Natural vegetation types. by SRSS using satellite imagery. Heritage Trust, representatives from several organisations have Natalie Raisbeck-Brown from the She said as these maps were used joined forces to form the Kimber- Department of Land Administra- extensively as management tools, ley Regional Fire Management tion’s Satellite Remote Sensing it was important to validate the Project. Services is one of the people data. employed to work on the project. The aim of this project is to docu- Ms Raisbeck-Brown is also work- ment and demonstrate good fire A Geographic Information Systems ing to make satellite products management practices, work with analyst with a background in biol- more accessible to the general Aboriginal landowners to record ogy, satellite image processing and community. traditional knowledge about fire computer mapping, Ms Raisbeck- management, document the conse- Brown said the number of fires A management committee com- quences of the current fire regime in the Kimberley had increased dra- prising major local stakeholders and develop a fire history for the matically over the past 10 years. oversees the KRFMP . region. “This change in the fire regime DOLA is a member of the project’s is potentially changing the technical advisory committee, landscape, she said. ” which comprises people from both Government and non-Govern- “It is important to get on the ment organisations with knowledge ground and find out what the about fire, people, plants, animals, situation really is. There is satellite imagery and land in the a wealth of information out Kimberley. there for us to collect, from the Aboriginal land owners, More information on the KRFMP related Government depart- can be found at: ments, similar savanna fire www.kimberly-fire-project.com. Pastoralists encouraged to diversify T he Pastoral Lands Board and Agriculture WA have joined forces to raise awareness of • Sowing non-indigenous pasture which may include sale of produce; “It has become increasingly dif- ficult to manage pastoral leases as ecologically sustainable and eco- business diversification among • Agricultural production nomically viable businesses purely the State’s pastoralists. reasonably related to the ” through the grazing of stock, Mr They have developed an information pastoral use of the land; Baulch said. kit outlining the types of permit • Pastoral-based tourism such “Business diversification provides activities available and including as station-stay accommodation the opportunity to increase busi- the necessary application forms, and tours; and ness viability and reduce the pres- clearance requirements and contact sure on natural resources.” details. • Keeping and/or selling prohibited stock such as The application package will be sent Permit options include: domesticated goats. to all pastoralists in the next few • Clearing land to promote the PLB Manager Russell Baulch said weeks. It will also be available in growth of indigenous pasture; there were 494 pastoral stations in hard copy and via DOLA’s website WA covered by 543 leases. at www.dola.wa.gov.au 10 Business DOLA’s complete Business Activity Profile is available at www.dola.wa.gov.au. Activity profile March and the Third Quarter of the 2000/2001 Financial Year March 2001 There were several substantial rises and falls across business levels during the month. The average daily document lodgement figure (1,273) was more than 5 per cent higher than the previous month (1,205). There were 7,174 transfer documents lodged, which was more than 26 per cent higher than February (5,677). Average daily title searches for March (3,318) decreased by nearly 6 per cent from February (3,523). There was a substantial 47 per cent decrease in the number of subdivisional lots created in March (561) compared to February (1,066). The number of strata lots created (743) was more than 68 per cent higher than the previous month (441). Third Quarter of the 2000/2001 Financial Year (compared to the same period in 1999/2000) • Average daily document lodgements totalled 3,570 – 10 per cent lower than last year (3,960). • A total of 18,473 transfer documents were lodged - 12 per cent lower than last year (20,938). • Average daily title searches totalled 15,027 – similar to last year (15,616) • A total of 4,055 new lots were created - 16 per cent less than last year (4,819). 2000 1800 Average daily document lodgements (Including 1600 Transfers, Mortgages, and Discharge of Mortgages) 1400 1200 The average daily document lodgement for March 2001 was 1,273 documents 1000 per day, an increase of 5.6 per cent from February (1,205), but 8 per cent 800 lower than March 2000 (1,386). 600 400 200 0 Jul-95 Dec-95 Jun-96 Dec-96 Jun-97 Dec-97 Jun-98 Dec-98 Jun-99 Dec-99 Jun-00 Dec-00 11000 9900 Monthly transfer 8800 lodgements 7700 6600 The number of transfers lodged 5500 for March 2001 totalled 7174. This was a 26.4 per cent increase on the previous 4400 month (5,677), but an 11.8 per cent decrease from March 2000 (8,138). There 3300 were 1,969 transfer documents lodged in the $0 - $85,000 consideration price 2200 1100 range, with the majority of transfers (2,185) in the $120,001 - $200,000 0 range. The total transfer consideration for the month was $1.3 billion. The Jun-95 Dec-95 Jun-96 Dec-96 Jun-97 Dec-97 Jun-98 Dec-98 Jun-99 Dec-99 Jun-00 Dec-00 number of mortgages lodged for March totalled 7 ,949 and amounted to $1.9 billion. For detailed table of monthly transfer lodgements see DOLA website www.dola.wa.gov.au, under Products and Services/Publications. 6000 5400 4800 Average daily searches (Finding and obtaining a copy 4200 3600 of a statutory document 3000 2400 Average daily searches (all types) for March 2001 (5,153) decreased 1800 by 3.2% from the previous month (5,325) and 2.3% from March 2000 1200 (5,274). Average daily title searches (3,318) decreased by 5.8% from 600 0 February (3,523) but was similar to March 2000 (3336). Jun-95 Dec-95 Jun-96 Dec-96 Jun-97 Dec-97 Jun-98 Dec-98 Jun-99 Dec-99 Jun-00 Dec-00 2000 1800 Number of subdivision lots 1600 1400 There were 256 Freehold Survey Deposited Plans lodged during 1200 March 2001, creating 561 subdivisional lots. This was a 47.4 per 1000 cent decrease from February (1,066) and 58.7 per cent from March 800 2000 (1,325). It was the lowest figure since February 1992 (559). 600 The title ‘Freehold Survey Deposited Plans’ has replaced the previous wording 400 200 of ‘plans and diagrams’. 0 Jun-95 Dec-95 Jun-96 Dec-96 Jun-97 Dec-97 Jun-98 Dec-98 Jun-99 Dec-99 Jun-00 Dec-00 Number of strata title lots During March, 173 strata plans were lodged, creating 743 strata lots. This 1200 1080 was an increase of 68.5 per cent from the previous month (441) and 19.8 per 960 cent from March 2000 (620). It was the highest number of strata title lots 840 created since June 2000 (1,003). 720 600 480 360 240 120 0 Jun-95 Dec-95 Jun-96 Dec-96 Jun-97 Dec-97 Jun-98 Dec-98 Jun-99 Dec-99 Jun-00 Dec-00 Number of new lots (New lots created by Freehold Survey Deposited Plans or by Strata 3000 2700 Plan. Includes existing lots that are extinguished 2400 but not subtracted) 2100 1800 A total of 1,304 new lots were created during March, which represented 1500 a 13.5 per cent decrease from the previous month (1,507) and 33 per 1200 cent from March 2000 (1,945). 900 600 300 10 0 Jun-95 Dec-95 Jun-96 Dec-96 Jun-97 Dec-97 Jun-98 Dec-98 Jun-99 Dec-99 Jun-00 Dec-00 9 8 Time to register a 7 6 transaction against 5 a certificate of title 4 3 (Target – 75 per cent of documents within 5.2 days) 2 During March 2001, the number of days to register a transaction against 1 a Certificate of Title was 6.5 days. The year-to-date average is currently 0 5.52 days. Jan-97 Jun-97 Dec-97 Jun-98 Dec-98 Jun-99 Dec-99 Jun-00 Dec-00 10 9 8 Time to register a certificate of title for large 7 subdivisions (Target - 5 days) 6 5 The time to register a Certificate of Title over large subdivisions averaged 6.5 4 days, which exceeds the performance target of 5 days. 3 2 1 0 Jan-97 Jun-97 Dec-97 Jun-98 Dec-98 Jun-99 Dec-99 Jun-00 Dec-00 Government land sales overview In March, DOLA sold 21 lots in country areas for $722,622. Four lots were sold in Nangeenan for storage and seven in Onslow for residential. Other sales occurred in Swan, Leake, Harvey, Esperance, Bremer Bay, Ledge Point, Wyalkatchem, Neridup and Kukerin. A further 11 residential lots in Green Head were under offer. Details of re-released lots are available from DOLA’s website. Customers can obtain details of lots for sale by contacting the following regional teams: Kimberley 9168 0255, South East 9273 7419, Pilbara 9273 7234, South West 9791 0834 or Midwest 9273 7290. For detailed table of Crown land sales see the DOLA website. Customer solution: vegetation growth W hen Agriculture WA needed to illustrate the effects of three poor seasons on the State’s used to support AgWA’s application to the Federal Government for record low temperatures in 1998, when the mercury dipped to below Exceptional Circumstances fund- freezing for more than 10 hours. farmers, the Department of Land ing. Temperature drops like this were Administration was top of its previously unheard of. contact list. This submission secured more than $30 million to assist farmers from “While the average crop loss was DOLA’s Satellite Remote Sensing the southeast Wheatbelt through to approximately 30 per cent, some of Services produced satellite maps WA’s central south coast. the worst affected farmers reported for the Department showing land ” losing up to 90 per cent, he said. surface temperatures in 1998 and AGWEST’s James Hamersley said 1999. DOLA’s frost maps confirmed It also supplied images comparing vegetation growth in 1999 and 2000, illustrating the effects of last year’s severe drought. Along with information from the Australian Wheat Board, Bureau of Meteorology and Cooperative Bulk Handling, these products were 13 NT tracks their flood damage “It enabled objective documenta- ” tion of what was happening. Mr Dance said the NT Department T he Northern Territory is still mopping up after a record wet season. was a regular client of DOLA. This image of the Northern Territory’s As unprecedented levels of rainfall Brunette Downs was compiled using pelted the “top end” from Decem- satellite imagery taken on January 7. The ber to February, a state of emer- light blue areas indicate where flooding gency was declared in parts of the occurred. Victoria River district and mass evacuations were organised. The Royal Australian Air Force was called in to fly food and power generation equipment to flooded New titles system towns. Lakes overflowed and live- stock were stranded. Getting out to the flood sites was better for business impossible by vehicle, but keeping tabs on the damage was made pos- A s the Department of Land A d m i n i s t r a t i o n’s SmartRegister project picks up which endorsements were still valid. sible with data from the Department Mr Copeland also applauded DOLA speed, it appears those affected of Land Administration’s Satellite for establishing Internet access by the move to a digital land titles Remote Sensing Services. to its Customer Remote Search system are taking it all in their stride. system. DOLA provided the NT’s Depart- ment of Primary Industry and Fisher- Registration Ser vices Manager “Under the old system we had to ies with regular images from the Ian Hyde said the feedback from make a long distance call every NOAA-AVHRR satellite. professionals in the survey and ” time we needed to order a search, conveyancing industries had been he said. This information was used to moni- tor water movement and keep pas- extremely encouraging. “Using the Internet will make it toralists advised of possible trouble “As part of the SmartRegister rollout ” cheaper, easier and quicker. spots. It was particularly useful we have been holding industr y for city-based pastoral company SmartRegister involves capturing briefing sessions in both the met- offices. 860,000 of the State’s land titles in ” ropolitan and regional areas, Mr electronic format. Hyde said. NT Rangeland manager Rik Dance says the rainfall in many places was “Almost everybody has been very The project was launched in Decem- the highest recorded in over 100 positive about the move to a digital ber 2000 and is on target to be years. land titles system. completed by mid-2002. One of the worst affected areas “Everyone is very supportive of the Strata titles were the first to be was the Barkly Tableland, which direction we are taking and there converted to electronic format but comprises heavy clay soils and are no fundamental objections to DOLA is now also targeting green drains internally into a series of the reforms being implemented to freehold titles. lakes. ” achieve our goals. “This project will also take DOLA “To keep ahead of the situation we Busselton Conveyancing Services one step closer to electronic con- needed real-time overhead views Licensee/Director Tony Copeland, ” veyancing, Mr Hyde said. of the land, says Mr Dance. ” who has been in the business for 20 years, said the digitisation of “Our aim is to replace the current “SRSS provided this information land titles was definitely a step in multi-step paper process with a in less than 24 hours, enabling us the right direction. ” single online process. to not only visualise the damage, but also to measure the flooding in Creating one single current docu- terms of square kilometres. ment made it much easier to see 14 Green light for west Midland name change T he Geographic Names Committee has approved a new locality of Woodbridge in the City of Swan. Although officially called Midland, the area affected by the change was known as west Midland for many years. It is bounded to the east by Mor- rison and Amherst Roads and includes the land on which Guild- ford Grammar Preparatory School The existing Woodbridge homestead was built for Charles Harper in 1885. stands. GNC Secretary and Department of Land Administration names expert Brian Goodchild said the name Woodbridge was historically linked Title searching on the Net to the area. “In 1829, Governor Stirling took up country stretching from Guildford C ustomers are switching to the Department of Land Administration’s new Internet “The Internet system is also more user-friendly than the existing dial-up option. Its clearer colour screen townsite in the west to Blackboy search facility. and easier keystroke programming Hill in the east, and from Swan greatly improves ease of opera- River in the north to Helena River Previously DOLA’s Customer ” tion. in the south in 1829, Mr Goodchild ” Remote Search facility was only available electronically using a Mr Glasson said CRS customers said. direct modem connection with the could search and order copies of “He named this area Woodbridge titles, surveys and documents such Department. after his wife’s family property near as transfers, mortgages and cave- Guildford in Surrey, England. ” However, with a PC, a DOLA Cus- ats. Mr Goodchild said Governor Stir- tomer Accounting System (CAS) They could also access free DOLA ling’s original cottage was replaced account and an Internet connection, information such as the Power of by the existing Woodbridge home- customers from around the world Attorney Index, Dealing Progress, stead in the late 1800s. can now get the latest land tenure Issuing and Duplicate Title Produc- information from the Department’s tion information, avoiding the need This building still remains and is mainframe network. to call the Department’s Progress owned by the National Trust of Australia. Section. Customer Services Manager Dave Mr Goodchild said the name change Glasson said DOLA’s Customer CRS access is available between was clearly supported by residents Remote Search was used to 7am and 6pm weekdays and all of the 124ha area, who compiled a remotely access land title, survey transactions are automatically deb- comprehensive submission outlin- and other land information. ited to customers’ CAS accounts. ing the history of the estate. Swan For more information on how to set City Council also backed the move. “The Internet ser vice provides up a DOLA account, become a new increased flexibility to both new and “The local authority has already CRS customer or switch to the current users as they can remain recognised the significance of the new Internet access option, phone connected to their Internet Service area, Mr Goodchild said. ” the Land Enquiry Centre on 9273 Provider and visit other sites at the “In conjunction with local residents, 7341. ” same time, he said. it has developed a conservation Alternatively, you can download policy to ensure its historical char- “It will save them a substantial CAS and CRS application forms from acter is retained. ” amount of money in dial-up costs, www.dola.wa.gov.au (go to Prod- Mr Goodchild said Woodbridge particularly when accessing the ucts & Services/Title Search and would feature in this year’s Street- system from regional, interstate or Registration/Land Title Searches/ Smart directory. overseas locations. 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