Toowoomba woman proves house is not always home

A TOOWOOMBA region home buyer has successfully taken on the State Government over its refusal to grant her a $15,000 first home owner's grant because she moved an existing house onto vacant land.

At the essence of Jacqueline Bielefeld's winning argument was that the house she moved to her Darling Downs block was not a home until she had undertaken extensive building works to make it so.

Brisbane Times reports that Ms Bielefeld was refused the $15,000 grant in 2013 because it only applies to new homes and the Commissioner of State Revenue deemed her home to be existing, despite the fact she had engaged a builder to perform nearly $80,000 of works to make it her home.

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To create her new abode, Ms Bielefeld moved an old house from Toowoomba to vacant land she had purchased in the rural hamlet of Nobby, about 35 kilometres south.

Ms Bielefeld appealed the decision in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and last month, Acting Senior Member Bevan Hughes ruled in her favour, setting aside the State Revenue Commissioner's decision and ordering the first home buyer be paid the $15,000 grant.

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Mr Hughes found that under the grant requirements, a "home" is deemed as a building that "may lawfully be used as a place of residence" and "is a suitable building for use as a place of residence".

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