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 [...]
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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 [...]
After mass testing at a Redfern public housing tower, health authorities have confirmed the Covid-19 cluster which was exclusively revealed on Wednesday by news.com.au. The Covid-19 outbreak at the 16-storey housing tower in Sydney’s inner suburbs had been kept quiet by NSW Health. Locals told news.com.au they have been locked up in the building they fear is “riddled with” the virus. NSW Health has confirmed to news.com.au there has been an [...]
8 September 2021 Residents feel they’re being left on their own to battle the uncertainties of COVID-19 with concerns raised about positive cases in two local apartment blocks. A resident of Harts Landing in Thornton, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted the Weekender with concerns when they were notified of cases. “On Saturday we were emailed to say there was a case and directed to NSW Health who had no idea [...]
7 September 2021 Should strata facilities like gyms and swimming pools be restricted to vaccinated residents? Would “vax-passes” for apartment block communal areas be reasonable, especially if state and federal Governments ever introduce vaccine passports for overseas travel or even to restrict access to bars and restaurants? These are questions currently confronting strata schemes across NSW and Victoria, especially, as those states come to terms with the high probability that they [...]
7 September 2021 Apartment residents could be hit by the most draconian COVID-19 laws ever produced by the NSW Government, which is able to lock down entire unit blocks when just one person tests positive to the virus. The police also now have new powers to patrol buildings, quiz everyone living in – and visiting – apartments for their names and phone numbers, and order them all to take COVID tests. [...]
28 August 2021 Soaring prices. Low wages. Competition. Desperation. The unaffordable conditions for Australian home buyers are spilling into the rental market for coastal families, and locals say it's destroying the very reason these towns are popular in the first place. Landlords from Byron Bay, Yamba and Noosa to Lorne and Apollo Bay are jacking up rents as the popularity of seaside towns continues climbing while lockdowns roll on in cities. ABC [...]