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Developer says building standards are rarely followed

2021-02-02T11:20:05+11:00

A SYDNEY apartment block with serious structural problems which could cost each homeowner tens of thousands of dollars to fix has been shut down before completion. But despite NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler uncovering holes in walls and “serious structural compromise” of the Strathfield building, the project’s 45-year-old property developer claimed he’s never been on a job site where Australian building standards have ever been fully followed. The OandE Developments worksite [...]

Developer says building standards are rarely followed2021-02-02T11:20:05+11:00

Developer Handover Documents – Building Manual Content Requirement

2021-02-01T10:50:45+11:00

19 JANUARY 2021 OCN made a submission to the Australian Building Codes Board on the documentation that should be required by law to be given to owners corporations by the developer.  When this is legislated and enforced – and the current practice of ignoring requirements for handover documentation is ended – it will greatly assist owners in new buildings. >Download PDF

Developer Handover Documents – Building Manual Content Requirement2021-02-01T10:50:45+11:00

NSW Draft Design & Building Practitioners Regulation 2020 

2021-02-01T10:47:36+11:00

15 JANUARY 2021 The D&PB legislation is incredibly important to owners – it creates a retrospective duty of care to owners by designers and building practitioners.  OCN made a detailed submission on the draft Regulations to improve consumer protections.   > Download PDF

NSW Draft Design & Building Practitioners Regulation 2020 2021-02-01T10:47:36+11:00

Sydney’s investor-grade towers crush their tenants and kill the city’s soul

2021-01-04T12:21:28+11:00

The small red car was illegally parked. A handwritten note read, “No power when we got home. No parks outside. Call Adrian…” That was from the night before, when it all began. Since early evening I’d had no hot water. Now, at 10am, I was locked out myself, barefoot, unwashed, on the street, in a thunderstorm, staring at the kerbside evidence of collective frustration. Not because I’d forgotten my keys, but [...]

Sydney’s investor-grade towers crush their tenants and kill the city’s soul2021-01-04T12:21:28+11:00

Builder’s collapse leaves apartment owners fearing alleged $30m defects bill

2021-01-06T13:47:39+11:00

Hundreds of Sydney apartment owners are facing an uncertain future after the collapse of a company linked to the builder of the Opal Tower, with allegations that it collectively owes them $30 million to repair seven defective builds across the city. The revelations come as another high-profile construction group, Ganellen, placed one of its companies into administration last week, midway through a court battle over defects and only days after it [...]

Builder’s collapse leaves apartment owners fearing alleged $30m defects bill2021-01-06T13:47:39+11:00

‘Impossible’: Mascot Towers stores given seven days to leave over safety fears

2020-12-14T11:27:55+11:00

13 December 2020 Businesses at the base of Sydney's harrowed Mascot Towers have been caught between the directives of a government minister and the building's owners corporation, which has given them a week's notice to vacate over safety issues. The owners of seven shops say they will lose everything if they are forced to close a week before Christmas, following a letter from the lawyers for the owners regarding unstable facades [...]

‘Impossible’: Mascot Towers stores given seven days to leave over safety fears2020-12-14T11:27:55+11:00

Electric Sliding Gates – Safety Alert

2020-12-14T10:06:11+11:00

14 DECEMBER 2020 Do you live or work in a in a building with electric sliding gates? These gates can be dangerous –SafeWork NSW has been investigating two fatalities that resulted from large electric gates falling on workers, as well as multiple other serious incidents. Any damage or wear to parts of electric sliding gates creates a risk, so they require regular inspection and maintenance to keep you, your visitors and [...]

Electric Sliding Gates – Safety Alert2020-12-14T10:06:11+11:00

ACCC hands final insurance affordability report to Government

2021-01-06T09:15:20+11:00

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has concluded its three-year inquiry into insurance affordability in northern Australia by calling for broker commissions to be replaced by a fee-based system. > Read the full article in Insurance News here > Link to ACCC Project Overview

ACCC hands final insurance affordability report to Government2021-01-06T09:15:20+11:00

Sustainability Infrastructure Submission

2021-02-01T10:39:37+11:00

30 NOVEMBER 2020 OCN is calling upon the government to refer the propositions identified in the Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Sustainability Infrastructure) Bill 2020 to the review of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) currently underway. >Download PDF

Sustainability Infrastructure Submission2021-02-01T10:39:37+11:00

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