13 JULY 2020 Michael McLaren, 2GB Overnight Program host, is joined by Karen Stiles, Executive Officer of the Owners Corporation Network, a not-for-profit body representing apartment owners, who claims the federal government’s $25,000 Home Builder grants would have been better spent fixing apartment buildings cloaked in flammable cladding which posed a risk to lives. > Full interview at 2GB.com Michael McLaren
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13 JULY 2020 The large yellow cladding on the side of the 19-storey Distillery apartment tower in Pyrmont has made it one of the most recognisable residential high rises in the inner Sydney suburb. Yet the flammable nature of the cladding has also made it an expensive problem for its owners, who are finally nearing the end of a three-year saga to remove it that has cost them more than $3 [...]
The Office of Building Commissioner’s Director, Matt Press is now hiring a program manager and project officerSenna Parish2020-10-07T04:35:31+11:00
28 JUNE 2020 The Office of the Building Commissioner (OBC) has just finished the initial appointments to commence the Occupation Certificate Audits from 1 September 2020. The talent pool of applicants was very impressive. Experienced Designers, Contractors and Certifiers with 15-years experience will soon be in the field to work with the Building Commissioner. A powerful new tool is being built inside BRD to provide a single view of all projects [...]
OCN MEDIA RELEASE: 3 June 2020 Owners Corporation Network provides qualified support for NSW government’s building reform Bills Jane Hearn, Chair of the Owners Corporation Network (OCN), the only consumer based organisation representing apartment owners in NSW, today welcomed the re-introduction of the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 (DBP Bill) and the introduction of the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement) Bill 2020 (RAB Bill) into NSW Parliament this [...]
OCN Welcomes Publication of Final Report of NSW Accountability Committee Inquiry into Building QualitySenna Parish2020-10-21T11:25:13+11:00
OCN MEDIA RELEASE: 30 April 2020 Owners Corporation Network Welcomes Publication of the Final Report of the Upper House Inquiry into the Regulation of Building Standards, Building Quality and Building Disputes Jane Hearn, Chair of the Owners Corporation Network, the peak body representing apartment owners in NSW, today welcomed the release of the Report of the Shoebridge Inquiry. “OCN has been campaigning for years for better consumer protection and improvements [...]
30 DECEMBER 2020 > Listen to The Elephant In The Room Podcast - Episode 68 (How bad things can go with buying strata property) Karen Stiles > Listen to The Elephant in the Room Podcast - Episode 100 (Host favourites from the last 100 episodes) Veronica Morgan & Chris Bates
4 DECEMBER 2019 The digital transformation of the Australian economy is well underway, yet information and data in the strata sector is still managed us9ing manual and fragmented systems that lack transparency. Impacts of this include difficulties for buyers in obtaining vital information, lack of opportunity for strata community associations to improve processes and management decisions and challenges tracking issues such as defects or short-term letting across the sector. This background [...]
13 NOVEMBER 2019 The job of fixing the construction industry is too big for just one person and NSW needs a standalone building commission, not just a single commissioner, to fix the state’s construction industry Greens MP David Shoebridge. And apartment owners have called on the goverment to close the loopholes that allow the developers of sub-standard buildings to shut up shop before they have to repair defects, and even “phoenix” [...]
9 NOVEMBER 2019 Australian residents' groups have rejected Airbnb's promise to overhaul verification procedures and prevent unauthorised parties at properties booked through the site, saying community trust issues caused by the rise of short-term rentals can only be fixed by independent regulation. "We would like to see a strong, effective public record of everyone participating [in the space]. To let your property, you'd need to be registered," chair of the Owners [...]
24 OCTOBER 2019 The government's latest plan to lift construction standards across NSW is a step in the right direction, but will fail to address a lack of transparency and enforcement in the sector, lawyers say. Amid rising pressure to implement large-scale reform in the home building industry, the government this week introduced the first tranche of its construction sector reforms to Parliament. Owners Corporation Network executive officer Karen Stiles said [...]