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This week saw us through the final half of our Community Education Seminar Series, with the final round held in Brisbane after the Townsville and Cairns event which were held last week. Focusing on the crucial areas of the new Legislation Changes – Pets, Parking, Smoking and Scheme Termination, our wrap up provides an insight into the key changes and what each region thinks about the changes.

Like the previous seminars, the presentations were well received by all in attendance. With Mario Esera from HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and Todd Garsden of Mahoneys Lawyers and Advisors and opening at our third and fourth round in Townsville on the 22nd of May and Cairns on the 23rd of May. Then Frank Higginson of Hynes Legal accompanied with Mario Esera from HWL, opening up at the Brisbane event on the 29th of May.

Having representatives from different legal firms provided the audiences with their perspectives into the previous laws in place, the subsequent changes and challenges that need to be considered.

Three Archers the Strata Professionals Partners were on stage at each event, Frank Griesau in Townsville. Stephen McCulloch in Cairn and Wayne Hewitt in Brisbane. They elaborated on the current state of play from their real-life experiences and the disputes that commonly arise.

We were thrilled to have an incredible panel of presenters and a wide range of exhibitor partners which delivered good attendance at all 3 final locations. Overall, we have seen over 460 attendees demonstrating the importance of strata community education. The feedback for the final 3 rounds rated the seminars 9/10 across the board on the quality of content, relevant topics, presentation, and exhibitor/ suppliers.

It was also great to see that there were multiple occasions where the attendee’s first indicated that they believed the presentations expanded their knowledge and understanding of the topic. For us here at Smart Strata, that is the best feedback that we can receive, being able to provide the Strata community with the education to make informed and considered decisions is our ultimate objective.

To gauge audience opinion if they think the new pet laws are fair and will reduce disputes, we collated feedback on this question during each session.

In Townsville, the audience view was 20% believed the new pet laws are unfair, 75% thought they we fair and 5% were undecided. So, the overall opinion at this event was that most people think the new laws for pets are unfair, mostly due to experiences they have had with pets in a Body Corporate.

The Cairns audience were divided in opinion with 40% saying the pet laws are unfair and 45% saying they are fair and just a small 5% undecided. Brisbane came in like the Townsville sessions with results displaying a similar outcome. The audiences’ views were, 25% overall agreed the pet laws are unfair, 70% think they are fair and 5% again were undecided. So, the overall opinion for the last half of the series, was our communities in Townsville, Cairns and Brisbane, believe that the new pet laws are fair.

Three other important questions were asked with the first being, ‘Are you confident the new towing laws will reduce illegal parking?’. Across the board in all 3 regions, 60% of the audience are undecided on the new law. 30% of the audience said no and only 10% said yes at this stage.

The next question was ‘will the new smoking laws deter complaints arising from smoke drift?’ across all 3 regions and a close 50-50 divide, 45% said no, 40% said yes and only 5% of the audience sat undecided that the laws will reduce smoke drift.

The final question, ‘Do you think the new scheme termination provisions will be useful to your Body Corporate?’ Most votes across all 3 regions were undecided, the same as our first 3 rounds and we believe this is because Scheme Termination is rarely raised and very few communities have experienced a Scheme Termination however 25% believed that the new Scheme Termination provisions will be useful to their Body Corporate, 20% of the audiences thought the new provisions won’t be useful.

When averaging the percentages for the series for the last half, the majority believe the new laws are either fair, will reduce unlawful actions or won’t be useful to their Body Corporate such as Scheme Termination. However, as each building is unique and seeking professional advice prior to making any decisions will be pivotal in tailoring solutions to implement the new legislation laws into your community.

A big thank you to all our Exhibitors who got involved, below is the full list of all exhibitors who attended our Strata Community Education Series for this May, you can make contact with them by clicking their links below.

Next seminar series will be in October this year and run for most of the month! Topics and dates will be released in the upcoming months so watch out for the Smart Strata Updates once registrations open!

We are working hard to create a knowledgeable and insightful discussion that you will want to be a part of.

Article Contributed by the Smart Strata Team 

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  1. Marilyn McCallum

    Thank you for a very informative seminar. It is very good to have differing opinions and hear different problems raised.

    1. Smart Strata Listing Owner

      Hi Marilyn,

      Thank-you very much for your lovely feedback, we really appreciate it and enjoyed meeting you.

      The Smart Strata Team.