OCN MEDIA RELEASE: 9 MAY 2022 Owners Corporation Network (OCN) has been working with the NSW Government to establish a comprehensive website that addresses all the aspects involved in resolving this question. This new website is available and will be launched this week on 12 May 22 via the “Drive Electric – EV ready Buildings” webinar. The website steps owners corporations and EV owners through who is responsible for the for [...]
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The state government taskforce into dangerous flammable cladding has deemed more than 500 buildings a low priority, despite their facades potentially posing unacceptable fire risks. NSW Auditor-General Margaret Crawford made the finding in a review of reforms targeting unsafe cladding since the material supercharged London’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in 2017. Crawford said identification of buildings in the immediate aftermath was hampered by a lack of building records, but found [...]
18 December 2021 Owners of a landmark apartment block in Sydney’s eastern suburbs face a long wait before they can move in after the NSW building watchdog ordered an immediate halt to their almost complete $50 million redevelopment. The watchdog has handed the owners of Skye, which overlooks Tamarama Beach, a stop-work notice and an order preventing them from moving in because fire sprinklers were not installed in seven of the [...]
10 December 2021 - OCN discusses new iCIRT ratings tool on Channel 9 News. Watch clip (2min 36secs) : https://vimeo.com/668793752
20 October 2021 Property developer insists his apartments are safe. But try telling that to angry owners who are suing him over alleged defects. > Link to the full story A Current Affair Channel 9
16 October 2021 All new residential and office buildings with off-street parking should be forced to include electrical cabling for future vehicle charging, industry experts say, to ensure Australia can make a smooth transition away from petrol and diesel cars. The uptake of battery electric vehicles is poised to rapidly increase in the coming decade as state governments offer thousands of dollars in incentives and subsidies and the most populous states [...]
24 September 2021 To some, he’s a knight in shining armour. To others, he’s the devil incarnate. But wherever anyone stands on the rampaging NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler, cleaning up the mess of shoddy apartment construction breaking buyers’ hearts and their bank balances, absolutely no one is indifferent. .. At the peak body of apartment-owners, the Owners Corporation Network (OCN), executive officer Karen Stiles says nipping these problems in the [...]
OCN MEDIA RELEASE: 19 SEPTEMBER 2021 As the Premier said today, the Delta virus does not care who you are or where you live. “The Premier put the cat among the pigeons on Sunday announcing that local council pools will open on Monday 27 September. While this is very welcome and is clearly public pools, strata committees will get increasing requests and demands for the reopening of common strata facilities.”, Ms [...]
19 September 2021 The coronavirus pandemic is revealing just how deadly the NSW government’s attitude towards high-density apartment communities could be. It is a simple fact that strata living presents a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission than in freestanding homes. Yet, despite calls from independent experts and building managers for pandemic planning and clear rules, the strata sector has not only been ignored, worse, it is being resisted. This is why [...]
18 AUGUST 2021 In 2015, the NSW Government introduced two new Acts to overhaul the legal frameworks covering development and management of Strata Schemes. In November 2020, the NSW Government asked Strata Owners, Residents and others for feedback on how well they/those who support them feel that these laws are operating and how they could be improved. We knew many of our number had strong views but insufficient time to complete [...]