Since COVID-19 first emerged as a serious health and life threat in early 2020, OCN has been on the forefront of calling on the NSW government for strata specific guidance and support.
You can see our letters to the NSW Premier, Health Minister and Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, starting March 2020, under the Policy tab on this website.
OCN also initiated stakeholder roundtables with NSW Fair Trading, to explain the unique needs and transmission threats posed by high density living.
Finally, in July 2021 we managed to speak with NSW Health and the COVID communications team, and have mask wearing mandated on indoor common property. The comms team also produced strata signage, in a number of languages, as well as a toolkit to assist harried committees and building managers.
On Saturday 17 July the Minister for Health signed the Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Amendment (No 8) Order 2021. This order prompted significant dialogue over that weekend between OCN and NSW Health, NSW Customer Service and Minister Anderson’s office as we attempted to clarify conflicting advice coming from various government teams.
As of mid August 2021 we have seen renovations and domestic (apartment) cleaners return to our buildings. And we are still waiting for a guide to what happens if someone in your building is tested positive.
It’s been a stressful time for many, if not all of us, so here we want to share a short video on how to foster Strata Harmony. And a lovely ‘feel good’ blog with some fabulous ideas for staying healthy and positive.
In September 2021 Jane Hearn, OCN’s spokesperson on Covid-19 wrote an opinion piece: COVID Secrecy could spell disaster for apartment residents. This was published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Read the full article here.