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COMMITTEE COURSE CHALLENGE PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED!

A big thank you to the 117 subscribers who took the time out of your busy schedules to complete the Committee Course Challenge. It was great to see so many participants eager to learn the purpose of a Body Corporate Committee in Queensland, how the Committee is elected and how they function. If you would…

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RECOVERING FROM THE END OF 2023

Well, 2023 was certainly a year of extremes and it is no surprise that it came to a close with a Tropical cyclone in Cairns, severe thunderstorms, declared a tornado, on the Gold Coast as a Christmas present and severe thunderstorms which threatened to dampen New Years Eve celebrations on the Sunshine Coast. The Queensland…

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ACCC RELEASES SECOND INSURANCE MONITORING REPORT

Home, strata and small business insurance premiums in northern Australia remained much more expensive in 2022–23 compared to the rest of Australia, the ACCC’s second annual insurance monitoring report has revealed. In the report, released today, the ACCC observes that it is yet to see any significant widespread price effects from the government’s cyclone reinsurance pool in 2022–23,…

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20 LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS (LGA’S) TO RECEIVE NEW LAND VALUATIONS IN 2024

The Valuer-General has announced that new land valuations will be issued by the 31st March 2024 for: these areas in South East Queensland: Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Somerset and Sunshine Coast; and these areas in regional Queensland: Banana, Barcoo, Bulloo, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Cook, Diamantina, Fraser Coast, Goondiwindi, Isaac, Livingstone, Longreach, Torres, Whitsunday and…

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QFES ALARM MONITORING SCHEDULE OF CHARGES 2023-24

It’s that time of year again. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has released its Annual Alarm Management Charge (AMC) for the 2023-2024 financial year. The Alarm Management Agreement (AMA) is administered by the Contract Management Unit. The AMA is a contract between QFES and the registered premises owner (Body Corporate) of a protected premises…

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SHORT TERM ACCOMMODATION REVIEW COMPLETE

The State Government will consider creating a register of all AirBnB, Stayz and short term rentals. The Short Term Accommodation Review Complete found coastal areas in Queensland had the most. The review also found dwelling supply has the greatest impact on rental affordability. As part of planning reforms to create more housing supply, the Palaszczuk …

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GAMING THE HOUSING CRISIS

Can Queensland legislate unit owners out of a Nash Equilibrium? Very soon 75% of lot owners in any community titles scheme will be able to vote on whether to terminate their scheme, so that it can be sold or redeveloped. Release of the draft Bill imminent, but will it do what the Government wants; that…

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COULD HOME VALUES DROP OVER A LACK EV CHARGERS?

CEO and Managing Director of Archers the Strata Professionals, Nicky Lonergan and Australian Associated Press (AAP) future transport editor Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, deliberate what is in store for our Bodies Corporate, with the change to the National Construction Code 2022 (NCC) commencing 1 October 2023, to ensure the rapid growth of electric car drivers can prosperously…

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BODIES CORPORATE THE POWER TO FORCE THE SALE OF LOTS

Cult Australian film The Castle is about as close as most people will get to seeing their home sold out from under them. ‘It’s Mabo, it’s the vibe’, has entered every bush lawyer’s lexicon. But the concept of being forced out of your home may become more real with planned changes to strata law in…

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READING LEGISLATION, CMS & PLANS – TIPS & TRICKS

I recently had the pleasure of providing a training session to Strata Community Association QLD members, consisting mostly of active strata managers who are required to undergo continuing professional development to maintain their industry accreditation. We enthusiastically explored the history of the Act and associated regulation modules, we looked at how community management statements work…

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