June 2021 A group of owners in the new East End redevelopment has questioned how a company which shares a director with developer Iris Capital was awarded a lucrative long-term building management contract shortly before residents settled on the properties and moved in. Michael Parris Newcastle Herald Link page 1 of article Link page 2 of article Link to original article – https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7271639/apartment-owners-question-25m-east-end-management-contract/?src=rss
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1 June 2021 The opening of borders prior to the most recent Victorian lockdown provided a glimpse of how short-term rentals are ready to ramp up again, leading to a shortage of residential lets in Melbourne and Sydney. Although rental vacancies have been at a record high, they seem certain to be swallowed up as residential lets are withdrawn from the home market and put back into tourism. Jimmy Thomson Flat [...]
21 May 2021 As more young couples are deciding to raise their kids in apartments, we ask the age old question of whether having a quarter acre block house is really necessary to raise children. .. It’s the mindset that’s the most important element, believes Phillipa Dobbin, director of the apartment owners peak body, the Owners Corporation Network. “Being closer to amenities and transport hubs, having shared facilities and a ready-made [...]
NSW Building Commissioner says engineers behind Sydney towers with ‘structural issues’ must be ‘accountable’Sonya Acton2021-05-19T10:34:53+10:00
14 May 2021 The NSW Building Commissioner says he will refer the principal engineers involved in a large Sydney residential development where "structural issues" were found to the industry's peak body. Karen Stiles, Executive Officer, Owners Corporation Network was interviewed. ABC News > View recording here > Read article here
10 May 2021 A bayside apartment building in Melbourne has been evacuated over safety fears due to combustible cladding. The Port Phillip Council municipal building surveyor has ordered residents of a St Kilda apartment building with combustible cladding concerns and other fire safety matters to leave within two weeks, Mayor Louise Crawford said in a statement. Jack Paynter News.com.au > Read full article here
7 May 2021 LONDON -- Fire broke out Friday in a London, U.K., apartment tower which has cladding similar to that used on another housing block in the city where 72 people died in a 2017 blaze. London Fire Brigade said about 125 firefighters tackled a fire that spread to three floors of a 19-storey building in the city's Docklands. The fire brigade said "firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have carried out [...]
5 May 2021 Apartment owners in Sydney’s Mascot Towers will vote this month on a $40 million proposal to sell their troubled apartment tower as a redevelopment site, with many resigned to losing up to 80 per cent on their property as the most realistic way to end their two-year nightmare. Apartment advocacy group Owners Corporation Network says a review of NSW strata laws under way should reduce the scope for [...]
25 April 2021 As if they weren't expensive enough, new Sydney home prices are being pushed up by sky rocketing insurance claims that are gouging taxpayers for more than $700 million. Claims have surged for defective work by dodgy builders - some who've since disappeared. OCN's Executive Officer, Karen Stiles, was interviewed for this news article. Seven News > View recording here
19 April 2021 Owners of high-rise buildings in Sydney will finally receive advice from the NSW government as early as Monday about what products they should use to replace flammable cladding found on their towers. The long-awaited findings from a report by the state’s cladding product safety panel are set to be released, helping to end years of uncertainty in NSW about whether replacement products are safe or too risky. “Owners [...]