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FRIDAY OCTOBER 8 2021 NEWS 13 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Activation tax review THE government says a review of the Property Activation Levy could lead to change or removal of the charge. The levy was applied in 2019 to vacant land and ground-floor non-residental buildings in the CBD. The Chief Minister said the review meant all options were on the table. I feel it has genuinely made a difference. I think Darwin CBD is a different place to where it was five years ago Michael Gunner said. I think thats something youve genuinely got to consider. Has the levy done its job? I think you could probably argue it has. Does the job still need to be done? What will be the impact of removing the levy? So thats got to be part of the consultation to consider but all options are on the table. The levy is set at 2 per cent vacant land and 1 per cent for unoccupied, non-residential buildings based on the unimproved capital value of the property, although a waiver can be secured by activating the property. The NT Property Council says it struggles to comprehend how this poorly conceived policy came into being. In its review submission, NTPC says the levy is a dead-end policy with no realistic long-term future. Its a partisan issue with the Country Liberal Party pledging to repeal the Act in the event they form government. The Property Council NT will also continue to publicly point out its flaws and advocate its termination. The Property Council NT were never approached nor consulted with by (government) when either formulating or drafting this policy. We did meet with the minister and her advisers to discuss this policy however there was never anyone from the department present. In this weeks NT Business Review, REINT chief executive Quentin Kilian said imposing a tax to improve liveability and attract people to the CBD was a punishment against landlords and property owners. Activation should not be achieved by artificial means such as makeshift stickers on windows of shops or wrapping a vacant lot. Activation should be achieved by introducing policies that seek to incentivise and attract businesspeople and residents to Darwin, he said. Activation is defined as taking steps to ensure the property contributes to overall amenity of the CBD and the property is maintained to an adequate standard. CAMDEN SMITH Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham is coming to Darwin. HE wont sing a song just because Billy Joel asked but he will play the classical pants off your waist. Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham is recognised as one of the finest pianists of his generation and will be playing at the Darwin Entertainment Centre (DEC) this weekend. Mr Gillham, 35, has been playing piano since he was four. Im going to wake the audience up, its not classical music for relaxing, there will be a lot of excitement, Mr Gillham said. Dont be afraid to come if you dont know any classical music, I keep it chatty and friendly between. The show has only two things on stage, Mr Gillham and his grand piano. Its a one-man band, he said. Im really looking forward to coming to Darwin and seeing a bit of the Top End, it will be a new experience for me as well. The fast-moving fingers show with a lot of wow factor will be performed at the DEC on Saturday October 9 at 7.30pm. For more information or tickets visit yourcentre.com.au FLOSS ADAMS PLAY US A SONG, YOURE THE PIANO MAN To view the draft Strategy and for more information visit palmerston.nt.gov.au/sustainability City of Palmerstons draft Sustainability Strategy 2021 The draft Sustainability Strategy aims to preserve City of Palmerstons natural assets, reduce our collective impacts, and evolve our practices to deliver a more liveable and environmentally sustainable future. We encourage you to provide feedback by: completing the online survey or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org CLEAN UP Pre Cyclone 2021 in palmerston ZONE 1 - MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER ZONE 2 - TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER COMPLETED ZONE 3 - MONDAY 11 OCTOBER NEXT UP ZONE 4 - TUESDAY 19 OCTOBER PALMERSTON.NT.GOV.AU Please place your hard waste on the kerb the weekend prior to your zones collection date. Collection will commence on the following dates for each zone: COMPLETED
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