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dhcd.nt.gov.au Page 7 of 35 March 2017, version 12 Pastoral leases Under the Pastoral Land Act, a pastoral lease is defined as a lease granted over Crown land for pastoral purposes and includes a pastoral homestead lease and land which, in pursuance of an arrangement under section 50 of the Pastoral Land Act, is held over by the former lessee after the expiration of the term of a pastoral lease. Exemptions and Exceptions Land which is exempt from rates The sections which deal with exemptions and exceptions to liability for rates are sections 144 and 145 of the LGA. Under section 144 of the LGA, exempt land includes: Crown land occupied by the Territory for a public purpose (but this does not include public housing; land of the council itself but it is rateable if it is leased for a purpose that is not exempt for some other reason; public places including parks, gardens, reserves, playgrounds, sport grounds, cemeteries and roads; land of a religious body including a church, Ministers residence or a religious institution; public hospitals; land of a public benevolent institution (PBI) or charity only if it is used for a non-commercial purpose; kindergartens or schools; youth centres; public libraries and public museums; common property in a units plan or building development plan registered under the Real Property (Unit Titles) Act or of a scheme formed under the Unit Title Schemes Act; and certain Aboriginal land (see heading below Aboriginal Land) If land is used for two or more different purposes, and one or more, but not all, the purposes are exempt, the land is not exempt from rates unless the non-exempt purpose is merely incidental to the exempt purpose. For example, an allotment may consist of a public museum containing a cafeteria. The existence of the cafeteria would not remove the exemption. However, if it were a restaurant attracting customers in its own right, it would do so.