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Rural valuations being tackled

RULES for valuing rural properties that have more than one use or that cannot be clearly described as rural are being defined.

Local Government Minister Paul Omodei has set up a group to review the rating process for valuing rural properties being used for purposes other than agriculture.

Under the Local Government Act, land used for rural purposes is rated on unimproved value and land used predominantly for non-rural purposes is rated on gross rental value.

There is no definition of “rural” land and problems are arising because “non-traditional” uses such as vineyards, cellar door sales, restaurants and holiday accommodation are being introduced to properties.

The problem is most apparent in South West shires such as Busselton, Augusta Margaret River and Nannup.

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