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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

Regulations

Regulations.

1. Every lease under these regulations shall be for a fixed term so as to expire on the thirtieth day of June which shall first ensue after the expiration of thirty years from the date of commencement of the term, and shall be renewable from time to time for periods of twenty-one years, without any-right of acquiring the freehold.

2. The rental shall be based on the capital value of the land, which shall in no case be less than £1 an acre.

3. No lease shall be issued, or any transfer of the interest of a settler allowed, except with the consent of the Commissioner of Crown Lands to be first obtained.

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4. Renewals of leases shall be subject in all respects to the provisions of sections 151 to 155 of Part IV. of "The Land Act, 1885."

5. No married woman shall be eligible as a selector under these regulations, but any other person of the age of seventeen years or upwards shall be eligible, married men having the preference.

6. No allotment shall exceed in area 320 acres.

7. The annual rent shall be 5 per cent, on the capital value of the land, payable half-yearly, on the 1st day of January or July in every year, and the half-year's rent which must be paid at the time of application shall be in discharge of the half-year's rent due on the first day of January or the first day of July which shall first ensue after the commence-of the term.

8. All applications for land under these regulations shall be made to the Commissioner of Crown Lands for the district. Where more applications than one are made on the same day for the same land, the right to occupy the land applied for shall, subject to clause 5, be determined by lot amongst the applicants.

9. Every selector shall within six months of the commencement of his term, and thereafter for a period of six consecutive years, reside on some portion of the land selected by him.

10. Every selector shall bring into cultivation—
(a)Within one year from the date of his lease, not less than one-twentieth of the land selected by him:
(b)Within two years from the date of his lease, not less than one-tenth of the land selected by him;page 63
(c)Within four years from the date of his lease, not less than one-fifth of the land selected by him :

And shall within six years from the date of his lease, in addition to the cultivation of one-fifth of the land, have put substantial improvements of a permanent character on the land to the value of £1 for every acre of such land.

11. Selectors shall not sublet their holders; but they may, with the consent of the Commissioner of Crown Lands, subdivide them, and the tenant of any part so subdivided shall hold from the Crown on the same conditions to the end of the term as the original holder. Selectors may, with the consent of the Commissioner, transfer their holdings, provided that all the conditions of these regulations have been fulfilled to date of application to transfer. No person who has an interest in any land of more than an acre in extent in the colony shall be eligible as a selector under these regulations.

12. No selector shall hold more than one allotment under these regulations, which shall be held for his sole use and benefit, and not for the use or benefit of any other person whomsoever.

13. Any selector who shall fail to comply with these regulations in any respect shall, upon sufficient thereof to the satisfaction of the Commissioner, forfeit his interest in the land selected.

14. In case any doubt shall arise as to the construction of these terms and conditions with reference to the selection and occupation or clearing of any land, or otherwise arising thereunder, the same shall be settled by the Commissioner.