The recent implementation of Western Australia’s cultural heritage laws has created uncertainties and concerns among property owners across the state. While the Pilbara region was highlighted in a recent online article by news.com.au, it is crucial to address the impact of these laws on property owners in Perth and the south-west regional areas of Western Australia. So what are the implications of the new legislation for property owners? Read on for answers along with guidance and clarification to safeguard your property investments.
Understanding the Effects on Property Owners:
The cultural heritage laws that came into effect on July 1 have far-reaching consequences for property owners in Western Australia. While recent news coverage has predominantly been on the Pilbara region, it is vital to recognise that these laws extend to other areas of the state, including the South-west. Landowners in these regions face similar concerns about potential restrictions and the impact on property values.
Seeking Clarity and Protection
To navigate the complexities of the new cultural heritage laws and safeguard your property investments consider the following steps:
Conduct Thorough Research
Before purchasing property in these regions, conduct extensive research to determine if the land falls under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.
“Although real estate agents have a responsibility to disclose information about the Act for properties exceeding 1100 square metres, it is essential to perform your own due diligence,” says Kerry Cable, Strand Legal and Conveyancing’s Business Manager.
Engage Cultural Heritage Professionals
If you suspect your property may be affected, consult with experienced cultural heritage consultants or survey companies who can assess the need for an Aboriginal heritage survey. These professionals will guide you through the process and provide cost estimates based on the specific requirements of your property.
Consult Local Authorities
Reach out to relevant authorities, such as the WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, for information and clarification regarding the cultural heritage status of your property. They can provide guidance on compliance requirements, potential exemptions, and any specific considerations for the Perth and South West regions.
Seek Legal Advice
To fully understand the legal implications of the new legislation, consult with legal experts specialising in property and cultural heritage law.
“Lawyers specialising in cultural heritage law can provide tailored advice based on your specific circumstances and ensure compliance with the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021,” say Kerry.
Paul Kordic, a commercial lawyer from Strand Legal and Conveyancing, practices in farming business, commercial negotiations and contracts, and land access and development. He is also a public notary.
Foster Relationships with Indigenous Communities
Building positive relationships and open communication with local Indigenous communities is crucial in understanding the cultural heritage significance of the land. Embracing consultation with knowledge holders may provide valuable insights and foster beneficial outcomes.
Stay up to date with any updates or changes to the cultural heritage laws in Western Australia. Regulations and guidelines evolve, so remaining informed will help you adapt and comply with any new requirements that may affect your property.
There is no doubt the implementation of Western Australia’s new cultural heritage laws has left property owners in a state of uncertainty. Until further clarity is given, it is crucial for property owners with land exceeding 1100 square metres to take proactive measures.
Kerry Cable, Strand Legal and Conveyancing’s Business Manager suggests that concerned property owners conduct thorough research, engage with cultural heritage professionals, consult local authorities, and seek legal advice when necessary.
Moreover, fostering relationships with Indigenous communities is likely to help property owners stay informed and compliant with the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.
By taking these steps, property owners in Perth and the South-west can protect their investments and navigate the intricacies of the new legislation with confidence.