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How do I request a Property Search?
What information is supplied in a Property Search?
A standard Property Search includes the following information: Stormwater, Sewerage, Water, All Services Plan, Flooding, Landslide Hazard Zoning, Zoning, Heritage Listings, Notice of Rate Search, Premises Registration, Ownership and Valuation Details, Vacant Land, Trade Waste, and any Outstanding Debts associated with the property. Non-standard searches are also available - please see the Property Search Application Form for full details or click here for more information about Property Searches.
How do I pay for a Property Search?
- You can pay by post with a cheque, over the telephone with a credit card, or in person by cash or EFTPOS at the Cashiers Desk on the ground floor of the Administration Building, Townsville City Council, 103 Walker Street, Townsville. Click here for more information about Property Searches.
How long will it take to conduct a Property Search?
- It takes 5 (five) working days to process a Property Search, and the Council does not accept urgent applications. To minimise turn-around-time you can apply online using TOPS or hand deliver your application. If you provide an email address it will get back to you more quickly than if we have to send it by fax or post. Click here for more information about Property Searches.
I requested a Property Search but haven't heard from you - how can I find out what's going on?
- It is unusual for Property Searches to take more than five working days, but sometimes this can happen, particularly if the property is new or has recently been subdivided into new units. If you haven't heard from us after five days, please contact Geospatial Solutions on telephone 1300 878 001, fax (07) 4727 9050, or email council.
I'm having a fence / boundary dispute with my neighbour - how can I find out about the boundaries of my property?
- The Townsville City Council advises you to find the original survey pegs, or contact the Department of Natural Resources and Mines to obtain the original survey plan showing the boundaries of your property. If you need to know exactly where your boundary is, you will need to contact a private surveyor and engage them to survey the property to find the exact boundary line. However, if you just require an estimate, Geospatial Solutions can provide an Orthophoto Map (an aerial map which can be made to show boundary lines and distances) of the property(ies) in question. This is only an estimate, but will give some indication as to where the boundary lies. Click here to see an example of an Orthophoto Map or here to download the Schedule of Fees.
How do I access land and property information about Townsville?
- Mosaic is your first port of call for general land and property information about Townsville. In addition to some basic free services (community mapping), regular users, such as property and development professionals can subscribe to additional services for a fee.
How do I purchase an aerial photograph of Townsville?
- Geospatial Solutions has a wide range of aerial photography that can be purchased in different formats, such as digital images, prints and mosaics (a series of images combined into one larger image) including 1x1m and 1.5x1.5m images of Townsville from the air. Prices vary according to the size and format of the image. Click here for more information about aerial photography.
Geographic Information System (GIS)
How do I learn more about GIS?
What other GIS resources are available for the Townsville area?
- There are many GIS resources available for the Townsville and North Queensland areas, particularly from other public sector agencies like the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Click here for links to useful GIS resources in the Townsville region and beyond.
How can I access data for use in school GIS projects?
- There is usually a charge for providing digital data, but Townsville City Council is pleased provide some data free of charge to Townsville schools, to enhance students learning opportunities of GIS. For example, Townsville City Council has previously provided data to local schools to allow students to work on real-life GIS projects (e.g. mapping incidences of graffiti and mosquito breeding sites) in their neighbourhood. Geospatial Solutions can also provide limited assistance and advice to help manage the data and develop student projects. If you are interested in obtaining GIS data or have an enquiry relating to the supply of GIS information to schools, please ask your teacher to contact Geospatial Solutions. Unfortunately, data cannot be provided through individual requests from students or their parents.
How do I create a map of Townsville to promote my business?
- If you operate from multiple locations or run a delivery business or service in peoples homes, a paper or internet-based map could help to promote your business. We can create a map for you, or provide the digital data to produce your own map if you have you have access to GIS software and skills. Click here for more information about Customised GIS Services and Digital Data.
How can GIS help my business?
- Spatial analysis and mapping can help your business in many ways - from improving efficiency and safety, to cutting costs and minimising resource use. We can help you bring land information to life and make your solution visible. Click here for more information about what we can do for your business, and about our Customised GIS Services.
Why should I use Townsville City Council's cadastral database rather than other sources?
- The Councils cadastral database is more accurate (+/-0.1m, compared to the industry standard of +/- 0.5m) than any other cadastral information available for the Townsville area. It is also updated on a daily basis, whereas other databases (e.g. the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Waters cadastral database) are usually updated monthly.
I'm visiting Townsville - do you have any free maps?
Yes - click here for the Council's free Accessing Townsville Guide. These maps provide information about visitor attractions, local history, places to eat, drink, shop, stay, and worship, including information about wheelchair access.You can also use Mosaic to navigate your virtual way around Townsville using the community service.
For more general information about visiting Townsville log onto Townsville Enterprise (where you can also download regional map of Townsville and North Queensland) or visit one of Townsville's three Tourist Information Centres when you arrive.
For further information about Geospatial Solutions, please contact us.
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