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GLGN seeks delay of municipal revaluation

Gippsland Local Government Network seeks statewide delay of municipal revaluation for twelve months.

By Latrobe City Council - 15th February 2001 - Back to News

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The Gippsland Local Government Network (GLGN) has made representations to the State Government to delay the mandatory Municipal Revaluation planned for 2002 by twelve months, so that the two yearly cycle of valuation commences from 2003.

GLGN Chair, Councillor Tony Hanning, said that Gippsland municipalities, along with municipalities across the State, had only just completed in the last six months, the first revaluation of properties in seven years.

“All Councils in Victoria are now required to conduct valuations of all properties every two years,” Cr Hanning explained.

Cr Hanning said the reasons for the GLGN seeking the delay, were the very short gap between the first full revaluation under the new system and the revaluation planned for 2002; the need to deal with the enormous amount of information generated from this first revaluation; the cost of the revaluation, and the shortage of valuers.

“The GLGN would like to investigate options for a regional approach to valuation, whereby resources could be shared between Councils, or, for example, valuers could be employed by a number of Councils,” Cr Hanning said.

“However the process for the next valuation is getting underway now, so there is little chance of being able to pursue these cooperative and money-saving options, unless we can get a delay in the revaluation process,” Cr Hanning said.

Shire President of South Gippsland Shire, Councillor Mike Wrigley, has joined a Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Working Group on the issue.

“Councils across the State are concerned about the workload and cost of a revaluation hot on the heels of the last major one. We have no problem with the concept of a two yearly cycle, but believe that more time is needed at the beginning of the new system to get things right,” Councillor Wrigley said.

“The GLGN has therefore urgently asked the relevant State Government Ministers for their support and intervention in delaying the revaluation process by twelve months. We hope that our representations receive a good hearing,” Councillor Wrigley concluded.

Media Enquiries:

Chairperson: Cr Tony Hanning, Mayor, Latrobe City.
Telephone: 0417 373 577

Cr Mike Wrigley, Shire President, South Gippsland Shire.
Telephone: 0418 595 757

Secretary: Ms. Penny Holloway, CEO, Latrobe City.
Telephone: 5173 1401 or 0417 557 103

Jeremy Bein, Public Relations and Communications Officer,
Latrobe City. Telephone: 5173 1468


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