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An Act to amend the South-Eastern Drainage Acts.

(Assented to, December 5th, 1900.] DE it Enacted by the Governor, with the advice and consent of

the Parliament of South Australia, as follows:

1. This Act may be cited as “ The South-Eastern Drainage Short title and Amendment Act, 1900,” and shall be incorporated with “The South- incorporation. Eastern Drainage Act, 1878," and " The South-Eastern Drainage Act Amendment Act, 1895."

2. In this Act the word “landholder” shall include the owner of Definition. any freehold estate in land, the holder of land under agreement with the Crown for the sale of such land upon credit, the lessee of any land held under lease from the Crown, and, as to unleased Crown lands, the Commissioner of Crown Lands.

3. A majority of landholders, representing three-fourths in value Request to construct of the land to be improved by the construction of any of the drains drain. mentioned in Schedule I. hereto, or any other drain which may be recommended by the Engineer-in-Chief, may request the Commis. sioner to construct any of such drains. In this section " value” means : 1. As to lands assessed for the purposes of land tax, the unim

proved value of such lands as so assessed:
11. As to lands not so assessed, the unimproved value of such

lands as assessed by the Drainage Assessment Board
constituted by this Act.

4. Such

Form of request.

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-- - -- -- --- --- 4. Such request may be in the form in Schedule II. hereto, ana each signature thereto shall be witnessed by some person who shall make a declaration before a Justice of the Peace in the form at the end of Schedule II aforesaid ; and any person wilfully making any false statement in such declaration shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and liable, on conviction, to imprisonment with hard labor for not more than two years.

Commissioner's approval.

5. If the Commissioner approves of the construction of the drain mentioned in the request he shall give notice of such approval in the Government Gazette, and shall set out in such notice a definition of the lands to be benefited by such drain, and such notice shall be conclusive evidence of the lands to be benefited. Such notice may be in the form in Schedule III. hereto

Construction of drain.

6. After the publication of such notice the Commissioner shall proceed with the construction of such drain out of moneys voted by Parliament for the purpose of constructing drains.

Cost to be paid by landholders.

7. The cost of constructing such drain shall be deemed to be an advance from the Commissioner to all landholders of land to be benefited by the construction of such drain, and such advance shall be repaid to the Commissioner by such landholders with interest thereon at the rate of Four Pounds per centum per annum in the proportions to be ascertained as hereinafter mentioned.

Drainage Assessment
Board.

8. A Board, called “ The Drainage Assessment Board,” but hereinafter referred to as “ the Board,” is hereby constituted, consisting of the Superintending Surveyor, the Deputy Surveyor-General, and the Chairman of the South-Eastern Land Board.

Board to assess benefit.

9. The Board shall, within two years after the completion of the construction of any drain as provided by this Act, make an assessment of the increase in value of the land of each landholder benefited by such drain, arising from the construction of such drain, and shall cause a notice of such assessment to be published in the Government Gazette. Such notice may be in the form in Schedule IV. hereto.

Appeal against assessment.

10. Any landholder may within two months after the publication of such notice of assessment appeal against such assessment to the Local Court of Full Jurisdiction nearest to the land assessed.

Such appeal shall be brought by notice to be served on the clerk of the Court and the Board.

Proof of the posting of such notice as a registered letter addressed to the Board shall be sufficient evidence of service of any such notice.

Such notice may be in the form in Schedule V. hereto.

Determination of

appeal.

11. Every appeal shall be heard at the first sitting of the Local Court of Full Jurisdiction held not less than seven days after the

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receipt by the clerk of the Court of the notice of appeal, or on such day thereafter as the Local Court shall fix, and the Local Court on the hearing of such appeal may increase or decrease the assessment of the increase in value of the land benefited by the drain, arising from the construction of such drain, and the decision of the Local Court shall be final. A certificate of the decision of the Court, signed by the presiding Special Magistrate, shall be sent by the clerk of the Court to the Board.

cost.

12. The Board shall forthwith, after the time allowed for appeal- Board to apportion ing has expired if no appeal is pending, or if any appeal is pending then forthwith after the determination of such appeal, apportion the cost of the construction of the drain ainongst all landholders whose land has been benefited by the drain in proportion to the increase in value of the land arising from the construction of the drain, and shall cause a notice of such apportionment to be published in the Government Gazette.

ment.

13. Every notice of the apportionment of the cost of the con- Notice of apportionstruction of a drain may be in the form in Schedule VI. hereto, and m such notice shall be prima facie evidence of the amount of the proportion of the cost to be paid by each landholder mentioned in such notice to the ('ommissioner, and of the amount of the yearly instalments to be paid to the Commissioner, and of the date on which the first payment will be due.

construction.

14. The proportion of the cost apportioned to each landholder Repayment of cost of shall be a debt due from each such landholder to the Commissioner, and shall be a first charge upon the land of such landholder benefited by the drain, and shall be repaid by such landholder to the Commissioner, with the interest thereon, in forty-two equal yearly instalments, according to the scale set out in Schedule VII. hereto, the first of such instalments to become due on the first day after the expiration of three years from the date of the completion of the drain, and one of such instalments shall fall due on the same day in each year thereafter, until the whole debt has been repaid. The charge upon the land may be enforced by the Commissioner as if he were a mortgagee under “ The Real Property Act, 1886”: Provided that any landholder may repay the balance due on his land at any time, when his liability shall cease.

15. Where the land of any landholder owning a freehold Private lessees to pay estate in such land is subject to any lease, the lessee of such land to

a proportion of cost

and to freeholder shall pay to the landholder during the currency of the lease such proportion of each annual instalment of principal and interest payable by such landholder to the Commissioner as may be agreed.

In default of agreement, the amount of such proportion shall be settled by the Board on the application of either the landholder or the lessee.

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Either party may, within one month after the decision, appeal from the decision of the Board to the Local Court of Full Jurisdiction nearest to which the land is situate.

Such appeal shall be brought by notice filed in the Court and served on the opposite party.

The Local Court hearing the appeal may confirm or vary the decision of the Board, and may order either party to pay the costs of such appeal, such costs not to exceed Five Pounds.

Certificates evidence.

16. A certificate by the Engineer-in-Chief of the cost of the construction of any drain, or the date of the completion of any drain, shall be conclusive evidence of the cost of any such drain or the date of the completion of any such drain, as the case may be.

Forms.

17. The forms in the Schedules hereto are for guidance only, and may be altered or varied as the case may require, and no notice shall be deemed to be bad or insufficient if the requirements of this Act have been substantially carried out.

Recovery by distress.

18. In addition, and without prejudice to any other remedy, the Commissioner may recover any instalment due to him from any landholder which shall remain unpaid for three months after the same shall have become due by distress and sale of any goods and chattels on any land upon which the debt due from the landholder to the Commissioner is charged, or such instalment may be recovered in any Court of competent jurisdiction by action in the name of the Commissioner or Minister of the Crown for the time being controlling drainage works from the landholder of such land for the time being, and no statute of limitations shall affect any such action.

Penalty.

19. Any person wilfully obstructing or damaging any drain constructed under this Act shall be liable to forfeit and pay for every such offence a penalty of not more than Twenty Pounds.

In the name and on behalf of Her Majesty, I hereby assent to this Bill.

TENNYSON, Governor.

SCHEDULES.

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SCHEDULES.

SCHEDULE I.

List of Drains approved for Construction. (a) Cutting the gap and extension of drain at Mount Hope. (6) Five drains in the hundreds of Grey, Monbulla, and Penola. (c) Drains in the hundreds of Comaum and Killanoola. (d) Draining Garey's Swamp and cutting bars in the watercourses so far as the

Western Swamp (e) A cutting about three miles in length in the Reedy Creek, in the hundred of

Duffield, to relieve land in the valley of the Reedy Creek, up to Blackford. The foregoing works are specified in the last report of the Engineer-in-Chief, and are delineated on the plans which accompanied that document.

) Drain from section No. 24, hundred of Ross, to Lake Hawdon. (9) Drain from end of the Bray drain on section 66 to section 75, hundred of Bray. (h) Drain from section 60, hundred of Symon, through hundreds of Lake George

and Bray, to Lake Hawdon. () Drain in section 69, hundred of Joyce. G Drain from section 47, hundred of Joyce, to section 13, hundred of Townsend. (k) An extension of the Burr Heath drain.

SCHEDULE II.
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Form of Request to Construct Drain.
To the Commissioner of Public Works, Adelaide.

We, the undersigned, being a majority of landholders and representing threefourths in value of the land to be improved by the construction of the drain hereinafter mentioned, hereby request you to construct the drain following, namely describe drain).

The following are the lands which will be benefited by such drain [here set out sections or blocks and hundreds].

And we each undertake to pay our proportion of the cost of the construction of such drain at the times and in the manner provided by “ The South-Eastern Drainage Amendment Act, 1900.”

The full names, addresses, and occupations of each of us, and particulars of the lands to be benefited by the drain of which we are landholders, is set out below:

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