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Electricity Market Update

What are the recent events causing price increases? In addition to the high demand from the start of the colder winter months, there has been an unprecedented blend of worldwide and domestic events influencing electricity markets These events include: • The Russian invasion of Ukraine having a long lasting effect on worldwide energy supply and…

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Election Rejection – What Now?

Is it too soon to reflect upon the Federal Election and its connection to strata? Call us sadistic if you will, the fact remains, we find the most fascinating part of Election Night the concession speeches. It is in those moments where the candidates shed the weeks, months and years of carefully prepared talking points…

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The role of “Conflict Junkies” in Body Corporate dispute

Most disputes within Bodies Corporate stem from ignorance and miscommunication. Sometimes, however, disputes are caused or perpetuated by “conflict junkies”. As the name suggests, conflict junkies are people that are addicted to conflict. They love sending long, threatening emails. They routinely demand total adherence to their views and wishes. They rarely ask questions, preferring instead…

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Meetings – Decisions vs Politics

This article is written from the perspective of a strata manager. Read on for insights from their side of the meeting room table. You are sitting in another stupefying meeting. The Committee is way off the agenda, wandering far and wide amidst the weeds. You have tried, to no avail, to bring them back to…

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You’re Making Me Sorry Somehow: Apologies in Strata

Apologies are commonplace in many facets of contemporary life. Governments apologise for things done in the past and are condemned for it, for not doing it sincerely enough or for not apologizing for some other things too. An apology can be the outcome of a legal proceeding, for example, in defamation cases. In other minds,…

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Keyboards don’t have feelings

In June 2021 I attended the SCA National Conference in Adelaide.  It had me out of the office for almost an entire week.  Upon touching down in Adelaide, I realised that I had forgotten to put the “Out of Office” notification on my e-mails. I moved past the mild anxiety I began to feel when…

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Trading Exclusive Use Agreements

Back in the heyday of my youth, when Donkey Kong was cutting edge gaming, we used to spend our lunch breaks playing with Kiss (the American glam metal band) cards. The cards were only available in Donruss bubble-gum packets, which proved a challenging acquisition for a metal-mouthed yours truly who was forbidden from indulging in their sugary goodness. Somehow,…

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Community Educations Seminars – Next Speaker Announced

Discussion is the exchange of knowledge. If you want a good discussion, have it with knowledgeable people. Here at Smart Strata, we have been working behind the scenes to create a panel of not only knowledgeable debaters but also industry leaders with relevant experience.  The next debater on our panel is no exception. In the…

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Conciliation Agreement Enforcement

Most body corporate disputes in Queensland can only be resolved by an adjudicator in the Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management.  However, before an adjudication application will be accepted by the Commissioner, the applicant must show that reasonable attempts at internal dispute resolution have been made and that conciliation has been…

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Strict v Substantial Legislative Compliance

At the upcoming Smart Strata Community Education Seminars I am interested to delve into the depths of day to day strata operations to reach a conclusion on whether less or more regulation, by-laws and committee interference creates a more harmonious environment. The unwieldy and often complex nature of the Queensland strata legislation provides plenty of…

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