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‘Fork in the road’: Chant’s grim warning for NSW

2021-08-19T11:33:04+10:00

15 August 2021 NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has begged people to stop visiting family and friends as hundreds of extra police begin patrolling streets from Monday in an unprecedented effort to slow rising COVID-19 case numbers. Dr Chant delivered one of her most sober messages of the pandemic on Sunday as NSW recorded 415 new cases, starkly warning: “I cannot describe my concern level if we do not drive [...]

‘Fork in the road’: Chant’s grim warning for NSW2021-08-19T11:33:04+10:00

‘Nightmare’: Changed orders keep buyers locked into defective Parramatta towers

2021-08-16T09:53:10+10:00

12 August 2021 Buyers of apartments in two 22-storey Parramatta towers with serious defects fear changes to orders imposed on a developer by the NSW building watchdog will strip away their right to rescind contracts and get their deposits back. The purchasers of apartments off the plan in the Imperial complex in Parramatta’s CBD are demanding to know why changes were made to a prohibition order last month. Sydney Morning Herald [...]

‘Nightmare’: Changed orders keep buyers locked into defective Parramatta towers2021-08-16T09:53:10+10:00

Managing contractor appointed to oversee removal of flammable cladding

2021-08-04T10:31:00+10:00

3 August 2021 Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson today announced the appointment of Hansen Yuncken as Managing Contractor of NSW’s cladding remediation program. Mr Anderson said Hansen Yuncken will oversee the delivery of Project Remediate, providing expertise and assurance to Owners Corporations as they go through the remediation process. Media Release - Released by: Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation > Read the full release here

Managing contractor appointed to oversee removal of flammable cladding2021-08-04T10:31:00+10:00

COVID cases at two Wollongong apartment blocks in Flinders St

2021-08-27T12:39:03+10:00

29 July 2021 At least two Wollongong apartment complexes have now been touched by COVID-19. Management of the Parq on Flinders buildings sent an email to residents and unit owners on Wednesday evening, advising them that there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 in one of the towers and the resident was in isolation off-site. Illawarra Mercury Natalie Croxon > Link to full article 

COVID cases at two Wollongong apartment blocks in Flinders St2021-08-27T12:39:03+10:00

Skyview apartments developer Toplace agrees to be liable for ‘defects’ for 20 years

2021-07-27T12:29:45+10:00

26 July 2021 Sydney developer Toplace has agreed to be liable for any structural defects in its new Skyview towers complex for 20 years, in order to get buyers into their apartments. The agreement is the first of its kind and is expected to set a new benchmark of accountability for developers across the state. Josh Bavas ABC News > Read the full article here

Skyview apartments developer Toplace agrees to be liable for ‘defects’ for 20 years2021-07-27T12:29:45+10:00

Combustible cladding could become ACT’s ‘second Mr Fluffy’ without full audit

2021-07-29T13:03:44+10:00

21 July 2021 Sydney developer Toplace has agreed to be liable for any structural defects in its new Skyview towers complex for 20 years, in order to get buyers into their apartments. The agreement is the first of its kind and is expected to set a new benchmark of accountability for developers across the state. Dominic Gianni The Riotact.com > Read the full article here

Combustible cladding could become ACT’s ‘second Mr Fluffy’ without full audit2021-07-29T13:03:44+10:00

‘Pointless engagement’: Real estate agents slam minister, quit reform body in dismay

2021-06-28T14:14:13+10:00

28 June 2021 The peak body for real estate agents in NSW has quit an expert panel advising the government on the industry as a stoush between the minister and agents escalates. Real Estate Institute of NSW chief executive Tim McKibbin says the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, has created a panel for “pointless engagement” as a “ruse” for consumer protection. Nigel Gladstone Sydney Morning Herald > Read [...]

‘Pointless engagement’: Real estate agents slam minister, quit reform body in dismay2021-06-28T14:14:13+10:00

Lockdown on Elan, one of Sydney’s biggest apartment towers, eased after no more positive Covid cases

2021-06-28T14:07:38+10:00

27 June 2021 The lockdown on a major Sydney apartment tower has been eased after a mass testing of almost the entire population of the block unearthed no more positive COVID-19 cases. Now the 500-plus residents of the 40-storey Kings Cross building Elan are back under the same stay-at-home orders as the rest of Greater Sydney, with just the one infected person and five other close contacts all self-isolating. “Pretty much [...]

Lockdown on Elan, one of Sydney’s biggest apartment towers, eased after no more positive Covid cases2021-06-28T14:07:38+10:00

Apartment building owners and managers urge plans for dealing with COVID-19

2021-06-28T13:58:36+10:00

25 June 2021 Apartment buildings have the capacity to be super-spreaders of COVID-19 “like vertical cruise ships”, but the state government has completely ignored the potentially catastrophic dangers, those in the sector claim. With one of Sydney’s biggest apartment towers now in lockdown after a resident tested positive to the highly infectious Delta variant, angry apartment owners and professional managers have accused the authorities of negligence. “We’ve got shared airconditioning systems, [...]

Apartment building owners and managers urge plans for dealing with COVID-192021-06-28T13:58:36+10:00

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