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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 56

Special Leases

Special Leases

Are granted on equitable terms for the clearing of scrub lands, in which case, should the operations to that end have been satisfactorily initiated and pursued, concession is granted of an exemption from rent in certain cases for a limited period; and the holder of a pastoral or homestead lease may apply to convert the scrub part of his holding, if over 640 acres, into a holding of this description, but the area of the scrub lease may not exceed 10,240 acres. Special leases are also granted for purposes of irrigation, dams, tanks, bridges, sawmills, tramways, and other uses; and lands under water are also so obtainable. The lessee of lands where coal exists and is being worked pays a royalty of 6d. per ton, and is required to assist the Government inspector or other proper officer at all times to gauge the output, &c.