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Welcome to this edition of Your Strata News. 

Lots of news this week about loose fill asbestos. Yes, it does affect strata, so take a read of these two articles, as well as a link to NSW Fair Trading's information page:
Request for information: One of our NSW Committee Members is looking for a list of KPIs to use in their tender for a new Strata Manager. Can you please contact me if you have a list you have used, or information on this topic to share. Keep an eye out for an upcoming article on this useful resource.

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pool compliance

Strata Pool Compliance: How to Avoid Problems - VIDEO

Lyn Wicks, Poolwerx
Welcome to the next video in our new Strata Snapshot Series.
I'm in Brisbane, speaking with Lyn Wicks from Poolwerx about pool compliance and the importance of using a certified professional.
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whs qld

QLD: Q&A Workplace Safety Issues - Who Is Responsible?

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: As the Body Corporate is not a business, is it the Caretakers, as contractors, who are responsible for managing their workplace safety issues?

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strata finance

Strata Finance And How To Use It Effectively - PODCAST

Amanda Farmer, Your Strata Property
Jenny Strong from Macquarie Bank discusses various ways an owner’s corporation might meet the cost of repairs, maintenance and upgrades to their building.

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loose fill asbestos

Should Loose Fill Asbestos Homes Not be Allowed for Rent?

Peter Berney, Solutions In Engineering
Should owners of loose fill asbestos homes be prohibited from renting them out, rather than just being required to disclose the fact to potential tenants?
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asbestos mr fluffy

Important Update: MR FLUFFY REGISTRATION BY 31 July 2016

Loose Fill Asbestos Hazard: Important Update for Strata and Home Owners


David Bannerman, Bannermans Lawyers

Home owners whose properties may contain the so-called Mr Fluffy loose fill asbestos insulation need to obtain advice and act urgently. The Government has implemented an assistance package which is managed through the Office of Fair Trading.
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QLD review

QLD: Infrastructure budgeting - tick, law review - question mark

Simon Barnard, SCA (Qld)
With positive investments in strata in mind, we need the QLD property law review back in focus to apply appropriate governance models and a modern administration for strata communities.

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no pet bylaw

SA: Q&A How Do We Tell the New Owners About the No Pet Bylaw?

Tyson D'Sylva,
Ace Body Corporate Management

Question: What is the best way to tell new residents in our scheme about our no pet bylaw - especially when they already have a dog?

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Mooloolaba storm

QLD: Storm Strata Disaster - Double Asbestos Whammy

Peter Greenham, Independent Inspections
Were the complexes sufficiently insured? Is YOUR insurance policy up to date? How about obligations regarding asbestos?

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Do Apartment Residents Want Wi-Fi?

Freedom Internet
Today the internet has become a need as much as electricity, gas and water. With transfer of data via Wi-Fi set to increase exponentially over the coming years, having a robust Wi-Fi system in place is imperative for any apartment building (new or old).

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QLD Ord resolution

QLD: Q&A Number of Carparks and Ordinary Resolution

Kelly Borell, Tower Body Corporate Administration
Quick Question: Can you please advise if there are laws regarding how many carparks and how much guest parking is required in a block of units
Question: Is a change from heating to non-heating of an outdoor pool regarded as a material change to common property?

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commercial lighting upgrade

NSW: More government rebates on offer in NSW for upgrading to lights with sensors

enLighten Australia
The recent Energy Savings Scheme's Rule change allows for an increase of up to 3 times the discount factor for lighting controls for commercial lighting upgrades in NSW. Car parks, fire stairs and corridors are the winners in the recent rule change.
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Gym induction

Online Gym Induction - Why Would We Need That?

Justin Moran, Just In Time Personal Training
A video or online gym induction will reduce risk of injury and better cover any chance of legal challenges arising at your residential gym and common areas.

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News of the Week

NSW paperless sale

Australian apartment prices are falling just as 230,000 more units are about to hit the market

David Scutt, Business Insider
The cost of apartments and townhouses in Australia is falling.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), prices for attached dwellings — defined as flats, units and apartments plus semi-detached, row and terrace houses — fell by 0.8% in the first three months of 2016, marking the first time that prices had fallen since the June quarter 2012.


Loose-fill asbestos insulation 

NSW Fair Trading has an information page containing additional information and links to resources, including FAQs and options available.
Thanks to Shane Foley, BIV Reports for sending this information through.

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NSW Window safety

NSW Strata Window Safety - VIDEO

Peter Berney, Solutions In Engineering
Welcome to our very first video in our new Strata Snapshot Series.
Pete Berney speaks on a topic he is passionate about - Window Safety in NSW. What is it all about? Who is responsible? Why should you comply?

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NSW: Sydney investors’ favoured interstate property play may be turning sour Domain

Architects turn sights onto apartments in west and north-west SMH

QLD: Swell Body Corp at Burleigh Heads seeks $20m from builder and developer over alleged defective work on Gold Coast resort Gold Coast Bulletin

Ocean views from Gold Coast’s Oracle eastern tower could be lost if development next door goes ahead Gold Coast Bulletin

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