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Running Better Meetings

A good [or great] strata meeting is about much more than just the rules … Knowing and following the rules for running a strata meeting is just table stakes in the meeting and decision game as they’re just the processes and not the objective of a meeting.  Rather, good strata meetings need smart preparation, soft…

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5 Ways to Protect Your Seaside Strata Building with Preventative Maintenance

When you think of ocean-side properties, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the smell of the sea breeze? The sound of seagulls circling overhead? The ease of walking down to the beach and feeling the warm sand between your toes? Or perhaps it’s the non-stop struggle of dealing with salt corrosion,…

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Industry Insurance Report – 47 Critical Functions Confirmed

Industry first complete review of strata insurance – here’s everything you need to know! SCA (QLD) has been consistently promoting how crucial the role of a body corporate manager is to the running of a scheme, and this report has confirmed that. It was revealed that strata managers perform 47 critical functions in the insurance supply…

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Growth By Region Revealed

Strata growth in Queensland – which region had the most growth? It’s our favourite time of the year – announcing which strata region has grown the most over the past year. And for the second year in a row the title goes to… The Sunshine Coast which recorded a 2.93% growth in schemes in the…

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Meetings and Statutory Compliance Dispute Decision

An adjudicator has dismissed an application seeking to prevent, and invalidate, an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) from proceeding based on a number of technical statutory compliance issues. The applicant argued that he had “suffered prejudice and unfairness”, due to a number of concerns including: not being provided with written notice of meetings and VOCs; holding…

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MONITORED FIRE ALARMS IN QLD – QFES FEES RELEASED

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has released its Annual Alarm Management Charge (AMC) for the 2021-2022 financial year. These charges relate to the automatic fire alarm monitoring service it provides, which immediately notifies QFES when a fire system is triggered. Except for the Contractor Service Call Out Charges and the cost of alarm equipment…

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How to Manage Noise in Strata Living

One of the most common complaints received in strata management is to do with noise. It’s understandable that in close proximity living, noise has a knack for traveling through ceilings, walls and across balconies. It is only to be expected that you will sometimes hear some noise from your neighbours, pets, and construction or building…

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Suing for Strata Building Defects

Since most strata buildings don’t have home building insurance [as they’re over 3 storeys] and even where insurance exists it is ‘last resort’, they have to sue the builder [and sometimes others to get defects fixed].  So, it’s time we all brushed up on the basics and not so basics of suing for strata building…

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Online Voting Education

Last year we introduced online voting capabilities to provide a compliant option to conform with the COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation, which modified strata meeting processes during restrictions. Effective use of electronic meetings and online voting including the difference between the two was explained in an article provided by online voting platform service providers we utilise,…

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North Queensland Reinsurance Pool – Consultation Paper Released

On 21 May 2021 the Federal Government issued a consultation paper [the paper] in relation to the design of the reinsurance pool, where interested parties can make submissions relating to the design and implementation of the scheme. The Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation will administer the pool under the guidelines, which will be released prior to…

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