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Welcome to this edition of Your Strata News. 

While traveling up and down the East Coast last week, I attended the very first meeting of the Strata Bureau of Leading Specialists and Professionals in Sydney, hosted by Mr Dieb P. Khoury of Benjamin & Khoury Solicitors. Attendees in the attached photo include (from left to right) Charles Boustani - Building /Property Manager, Luke Bowen - Sky Living Strata, Erin Perry and Beth Pope from O'Brien Glass, Ruth Smyth - Rockend and Dieb Khoury, Jean-Paul Khoury and Clare Dominello from Benjamin & Khoury. I can be seen in the back RHS corner.

Thank you for an excellent first event, with plenty of networking, support and discussion about strata - both in relation to NSW and around Australia. For information concerning the group or details about future meetings, please contact Clare Dominello, Benjamin & Khoury on Email or P: 0450 003 334.

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