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Conference Program

24-27 October 1999
Latrobe Theatre, Level 2, Melbourne Convention Centre

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Sunday 24 October 1999
4:00pm-6:00pm Registration: Latrobe Theatre, Level 2, Melbourne Convention Centre.
6:30pm-7:30pm Civic Reception: Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St. (cnr of Collins St), Melbourne.


Monday 25 October 1999
7:45am-8:55am Registration: Latrobe Theatre, Level 2, Melbourne Convention Centre.
SESSION 1 Opening and Bathurst Declaration Chair: Don Grant
9:00am-9:15am Introduction by Don Grant (Workshop/Conference Co-organiser; Surveyor-General NSW, Professorial Associate, University of Melbourne). [Performance by Aboriginal didgeridoo player].
9:15am-9:30am Opening: JoAnne Disano (Director of Sustainable Development, United Nations, New York).
9:30am-9:45am Peter Dale (President, International Federation of Surveyors "FIG"; Professor in Land Information Management, University College London).
9:45am-10:00am Michael Taylor (Secretary, Dept of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria, Australia)
10:00am-10:30am Ian Williamson (Workshop/Conference Co-organiser, Professor of Surveying and Land Information, The University of Melbourne, Australia) for Conference organisers: Bathurst Declaration
10:30am-10:55am Morning Tea (Foyer Area, Level 2) [Sponsor: The Institution of Surveyors, Victoria]
SESSION 2 Sustainable Development as a Global Trend Chair: Bill Robertson
11:00am-11:20am JoAnne Disano
What does Sustainable Development really mean?
11:20am-11:40am Sylvie Lacroux (Chief, Shelter & Community Services Section, Section Co-ordinator, Land Management Program Centre for Human Settlements – UN Habitat, Nairobi).
Contributions of UNCHS (HABITAT) to the UN-FIG International Conference on Land Tenure and Cadastral Infrastructure for Sustainable Development.
11:40am-12:00pm Stig Enemark (Professor, Dept of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark; Former Chair, FIG Commission 2);
Hans Sevatdal
(Professor, Dept of Land Use and Landscape Planning, Agricultural University of Norway).
Cadastres, Land Information Systems and Planning: Is decentralization a key to sustainable development?
12:00pm-12:15pm Murray Raff (Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne).
Integration of Environmental Considerations into Legal Decision-Making at the Domestic Level.
12:15pm-12:45pm Discussion Rapporteur: George Benwell
12:45pm-2:10pm Lunch (Bellarine Room 6, Level 4) [Sponsor:Australian Surveying & Land Information Group]
SESSION 3 Land – The Big Picture for Change Chair: Sylvie Lacroux
2:15pm-2:30pm Lisa Ting (Lawyer, PhD candidate, Department of Geomatics, The University of Melbourne, Australia);
Ian Williamson
Land Administration and Cadastral Trends: Impact of the changing humankind-land relationship and major global drivers.
2:30pm-2:45pm Peter Dale
Is technology a blessing or a curse in land administration and sustainable development?
2:45pm-3:00pm Agneta Ericsson (Chief County Surveyor, National Land Survey, Sweden; former Vice-President, Swedesurvey for SE Asia).
Women’s access to land.
3:00pm-3:15pm Gershon Feder (Research Manager, Rural Development Research Group, World Bank, Washington DC).
Land Administration Reform: Economic rationale and social considerations.
3:15pm-3:45pm Discussion Rapporteur: Chukwudozie Ezigbalike
3:45pm-4:10pm Afternoon Tea (Foyer Area, Level 2) [Sponsor: LANDINFO]
SESSION 4 Cadastre and Land Administration:
Foundations for the Future
Chair: Elizabeth O’Keeffe
4:15pm-4:30pm Ian Williamson; Lisa Ting
Land Administration and Cadastral Trends – A Framework for Re-engineering.
4:30pm-4:45pm Paul Munro-Faure (Chairperson, FIG Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management) 1998-2002; Consultant, Land and Property Economics Ltd: Eastern/Central Europe, valuation, land administration, UK).
Sustainable Development and Land Administration Infrastructure Reforms: The role of land markets and land valuation systems – Agenda for Change?
4:45pm-5:00pm Jude Wallace (Lawyer, Former Victorian Law Reform Commissioner).
A Methodology to Review Torrens Systems and their Relevance to Changing Societies from a Legal Perspective.
5:00pm-5:15pm Jürg Kaufmann (Chair, Working Group 7.1- Modern Cadastres, Commission 7, FIG, 1994-2002; Cadastre and Information Technology consultant, Switzerland)
Future Cadastral and Land Administration Systems: Bringing the world together?
5:15pm-5:45pm Discussion Rapporteur: Bill Robertson
6:00pm-8:00pm Reception: drinks & finger food (Bellarine Room 6, Level 4)
[Sponsor: Fujitsu and Technology One Pty Ltd.]


Tuesday 26 October 1999
SESSION 5 Land, Information and Power Chair: Gershon Feder
9:00am-9:15am John McLaughlin (Vice-President, Research & International Cooperation, Uni of New Brunswick, Canada)
Land Administration and Globalization.
9:15am-9:30am Graeme Neate (President, National Native Title Tribunal, Australia).
Mapping landscapes of the mind: A cadastral conundrum in the native title era.
9:30am-9:45am Don Grant
Spatial Data Infrastructures: The vision for the future and the role of government in underpinning future land administration systems.
9:45am-10:30am Discussion Rapporteur: Clarissa Fourie
10:30am-10:55am Morning Tea (Foyer Area, Level 2) [Sponsor: Association of Consulting Surveyors Australia]
SESSION 6 Water and Environmental Issues – the imperative

to co-ordinate with land administration

Chair: Paul Munro-Faure
11:00am-11:15am James Riddell (Chief, Land Tenure Service, UN Food & Agriculture Organisation "UNFAO")
The Importance of Co-ordinated Land Administration in the Next Millennium.
11:15am-11:30am Michael Taylor
Water: The impending global crisis and the necessity for co-ordination with strategies for land administration and management.
11:30am-11:45am Bill Robertson (Former Director-General and Surveyor-General, New Zealand; Bill Robertson & Associates); George Benwell (Professor of Land Information, Academic Director of Research, University of Otago, New Zealand); Chris Hoogsteden (Associate Professor, University of Otago, New Zealand)
Marine Cadastre: Administration infrastructure requirements.
11:45pm-12:15pm Discussion Rapporteur: Hans Sevatdal
12:15pm-1:40pm Lunch (Bellarine Room 6, Level 4) [Joint Sponsors: ESRI Australia and Hermes Precisa]
SESSION 7 The Western Experience Chair: George Benwell
1:45pm-2:00pm Helge Onsrud (Chairman, Meeting of Officials on Land Administration (MOLA), UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) ; Statens Kartverk, Norway).
The UNECE (MOLA) initiatives for Europe and their Potential Impact on International Land Administration Trends.
2:00pm-2:15pm Paul van der Molen (Director, Dutch Cadastre, The Netherlands; Vice-Chairperson, FIG Commission 7). Tommy Österberg (Office of Director-General, National Land Survey, Sweden).
Land tenure and land administration for social and economic development in Europe.
2:15pm-2:30pm András Ossko (Professor and Head of Survey Department, Budapest Land Office, Hungary); Andrzej Hopfer (Head, Dept of Regional Planning, Olsztyn University of Agriculture and Technology, Poland)
Eastern Europe’s Lessons from the Past and Aspirations for the Future: Running to catch-up or blazing a new path?
2:30pm-2:45pm Discussion Rapporteur: Murray Raff
2:46pm-3:10pm Afternoon Tea (Foyer Area, Level 2) [Sponsor: Overseas Project Corporation of Victoria]
SESSION 8 The Developing World Experience Chair: Dato’ Abdul Majid Mohamed
3:15pm-3:30pm Clarissa Fourie (Senior Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction, University of Natal, South Africa); Orlando Nino Fluck (Senior Cartographer, Development Information Services Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia).
Cadastre and land information systems for decision-makers in the developing world.
3:30pm-3:45pm Dozie Ezigbalike (Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Botswana); Qhobela Cyprian Selebalo (Chief Surveyor, Kingdom of Lesotho).
African Experience of Tenure Reform and Cadastres: A place in the global sun?
3:45pm-4:00pm Chris Grant (Manager, International Projects, BHP Engineering, Australia; Director, Indonesian Land Titling Project and Former Director, Thailand Land Titling Project)
Lessons from the South-East Asian Cadastral Reform, Land Titling and Land Administration Projects in Supporting Sustainable Development in the Next Millennium.
4:00pm-4:15pm Santiago Borrero (Director-General, Instituto Geografico Agustin Codazzi, Colombia).
Economic and Social Justification for Cadastral Reform – the Latin American experience.
4:15pm-4:45pm Discussion Rapporteur: Gershon Feder
SESSION 9 Panel Discussion and Closing Chair: Ian Williamson
4:45pm-5:45pm Panel Members:

[Rapporteur: Paul Munro-Faure]

  • Peter Dale
  • John McLaughlin
  • James Riddell
  • Jude Wallace
  • Yang Kai (Deputy Director-General, State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, People’s Republic of China)
  • 5:45pm-5:55pm- Closing by Robert Foster (Vice-President FIG/ President Elect, FIG 2000-2003)


    Wednesday 27 October 1999 9:00am-4:15pm: Land Victoria Seminar Tours
    Morning Tours Tours in each of the morning and afternoon sessions are available in the alternative.
    Seminar Tour 1 Land Information Management in Victoria: This seminar and tour will outline the directions Victoria has taken in land information management. Site tours will look at cadastral data maintenance and distribution, road information for emergency services dispatch and applications of satellite imagery technology.
    8:45am Registration: Tea and Coffee: 16th Floor, 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne.
    9:00am-12:00pm Tour includes presentation by Director, Land Information Group, site visits to either Data Flow, Emergency Services Dispatch, or Virtual Reality Centre (RMIT). Return to Nicholson Street.
    Seminar Tour 2 Land Registration in Victoria – Incorporating Automated Land Titles: Tour will review the existing land registration system in Victoria, view the historic Land Titles Office building, original purpose title document storage facilities and contrast these with the new computer based automated Land Titles system under development.
    8:45am Registration: Tea and Coffee: 1st Floor, 283 Queen Street, Melbourne.
    9:00am-12:00pm Tour includes presentation by Director, Land Registry and visit to Land Registry and Land and Survey Information Centre.
    Seminar Tour 3 Government Land Management: This tour will outline government land management practices in Victoria and will include a boat trip down the Yarra River visiting various sites around the metropolitan area that show various uses of government owned land where Land Victoria participates in the land management process.
    9:00am Registration: Tea and Coffee: Victoria Dock, Shed 8, Cowper Street, Docklands (Melbourne).
    9:15am Tour includes presentations by Director, Crown Land Management, Docklands Authority and riverside site visits.
    11:45am Disembark at Princes Walk and transfer by City Circle tram to 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne.
    Afternoon Tours Note: Lunch will be provided between tours [Sponsor: Dataflow]. Buses will leave from the tour sites during the lunch break to transport delegates between locations i.e. from choice of morning tour to choice of afternoon tour.
    Seminar Tour 1 Land Information Management in Victoria:
    1:00pm-4:15pm 1:00pm-1:15pm: Registration: Tea and Coffee: 16th Floor, 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne.
    1:15pm-4:15pm: Seminar and Tour. For content, refer Morning Tour program.
    Seminar Tour 2 Land Registration in Victoria – Incorporating Automated Land Titles
    1:00pm-4:15pm 1:00pm-1:15pm: Registration: Tea and Coffee: 1st Floor, 283 Queen Street, Melbourne.
    1:15pm-4:15pm: Seminar and Tour. For content, refer Morning Tour program.
    Seminar Tour 3 Government Land Management
    1:00pm 1:00pm-1:15pm: Registration: Tea and Coffee: Victoria Dock, Shed 8, Cowper Street, Docklands (Melbourne).
    1:15pm-3:45pm: Seminar and Tour. For content, refer Morning Tour program.
    3:45pm Disembark at Princes Walk and return to City by City Circle tram.

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