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Like the previous FNQ seminars, the presentations were received well by all in attendance. Seth Atkinson of Terawatt opened the sessions guiding the audience through Electric Vehicle Risk and what we know, Frank Higginson from Hynes Legal in Mackay and Mario Esera from HWL Ebsworth in Townsville and Cairns then stepped in to elaborate on Body Corporate Risk Management & Approval Obligations. Three Archers the Strata Professionals Partners were on stage at each event, Melissa Braney in Mackay. Frank Griesau in Townsville and Stephen McCulloch in Cairns, they elaborated on Committees and how they make their decisions. Paul Horan and Jody Horan from Horan & Bird then took to the stage to inform us about Solar in strata and is it worth it?

We were thrilled to have an incredible panel of presenters and a wide range of exhibitor partners which delivered good attendance at all locations. The FNQ seminars series saw over 100 registrations come through, a clear message from the community that further education is needed for this topic. The feedback rated the seminars 9.5/10 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 about 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 their strata scheme will need EV infrastructure over the next 5 years, we collated feedback on this question during each session.

At Townsville, the audience view was 13% in agreement that they will need EV infrastructure within the next 5 years, 10% disagreed and 27% were undecided. So, the overall opinion at this event was that most people were undecided due to concerns about future costs.

The Cairns session results displayed a different outcome. The audience view was 24% agreed they will, 11% disagreed and 9.5% were undecided. So, the overall opinion at this event was most people were in agreement that EV infrastructure would be needed within the next 5 years in their buildings.

Mackay results all displayed similar trends to Cairns with the audience at 25%, agreeing they will need EV infrastructure, 10.5% disagreed and 13% were undecided.

Two other important questions were asked with the first being, ‘Do you have safety concerns on EV charging risks?’. Across the board in all 3 regions, 20% of the audience said yes. 19% of the audience do not and only 3% were undecided at this stage.

Final question was ‘do you think solar is worth it?’ and once again across all 3 regions 28% said yes, 10% said no and only 3% of the audience were unsure about the safety concerns involved with EV charging.

When averaging the percentages for the entire series, it is clear that the majority believe EV charging infrastructure will be required in strata communities over the next 5 years. However, as each building is unique and seeking professional advice prior to making any decisions will be pivotal in tailoring solutions for Electric Vehicle readiness.

Again, a big thank you to all our Exhibitors who got involved.

Community Education Seminars – Sunshine Coast Next Week!

Don’t miss out on our final two seminars on EV Risk Mitigation and Solar – is it worth it? There is still time to register;

We are eager to announce our expert Lawyer panellist who will speak at our upcoming Sunshine Coast seminar we are hosting. Future legal requirements for bodies corporate adopting Electric Vehicles and the known legal requirements including managing risks and how can they be mitigated are key areas to be discussed.

Introducing Andrew Suttie, Director – Stratify Legal

Andrew practices exclusively in strata law. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Strata Lawyers, a Fellow of Strata Community Association (Qld) and was awarded the SCA (Qld) President’s Award in 2019 for his outstanding leadership in the strata industry. Andrew’s extensive knowledge of strata law facilitates strategic solutions to complex matters and the efficient delivery of advice and services across a wide range of strata issues. His commitment to the strata community led him to act as Director of SCA (Qld) from 2012 – 2016 and he was the former chairperson of the legislation and policy committees for both SCA (Qld) and SCA (National).

With almost two decades of experience under his belt, Andrew’s clients appreciate his personability, punctuality and pragmatism. Andrew is a regular presenter, publisher and advocate for the wider strata industry.

Want to hear Andrew talk about how Bodies Corporate can best prepare themselves legally for the upcoming EV revolution? He will be speaking at our Sunshine Coast seminar which there is still time to register for.

With over 90 attendees already registered and an impressive presenter line-up, the seminar will discuss Electric Vehicle Safety and Solar – Is it worth it?

In this seminar series our panel of strata experts will explore:

Electric Vehicle Safety – What are the risks and how can they be mitigated?

EV safety has emerged as a concern for committees charged with exploring future infrastructure requirements for their communities adopting EV’s. The known safety risks associated with EV’s including charging stations and how can they be mitigated are key areas to be discussed.

Solar Panels – What is the cost vs benefit and how is installation approved?

Viability and the approval process is another area of increasing interest due to ever rising energy costs. Come along to hear about viability considerations for the community and individual owner installs including approval requirements needed for the varying location and supply types.

Sunshine Coast – Register

Thursday 26th Oct 2023, Maroochy RSL, 105 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore QLD 4558. 4.30pm for 5.00pm start.

Complimentary car parking for attendees and delicious canapés with beverages during the networking session to follow.


The event will be hosted by Nicky Lonergan, Managing Director, Archers the Strata Professionals.

These seminars will also be a great opportunity for you to interact with our strata specialists at their exhibition stand.  We welcome to the Sunshine Coast the following strata specialists you will be able to engage with and ask your strata questions.

Designed to educate, engage, and connect these seminars could be just what you and your committee need to answer those tough hitting questions around EV readiness.

If you would like to register to attend these FREE events you can still do so here:

Sunshine Coast– Thursday 26th Oct, 4.30pm for 5.00pm start, Maroochy RSL – Register Here

Brisbane– Wednesday 1st Nov 6.00pm for 6.30pm start, The Broncos Leagues Club – Register Here

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

The Smart Strata Team 


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  1. Michael Rees

    Hi There – Are individual BCCs able to receive the speakers presentations, especially the EV risks. It’s very topical at the moment