This article concerning high rise garbage has been supplied and written by Edwin Almeida, Just Think Real Estate.
With more and more crowding and construction of residential apartments in Central Business Districts and major hubs around Sydney; it appears there are less and less waste management controls in place.
Trying to have a decent coffee in an outdoor setting, is turning into a competition with garbage bins. If not the bins, the pungent odors that linger.
Garbage at your doorstep
When I walk around the Parramatta CBD come “rubbish-collection-day”, the streets are filled with the stench of refuse.
This is waste that is badly managed and is an afterthought for many councils, as they approve more and more residential towers.
It wouldn’t be as alarming if, however, the unsightly garbage bins weren’t blocking pathways and weren’t positioned outside coffee shops and restaurants. Perhaps this is a question for the health department to address?
In my opinion, the advent and ongoing development of mix-use residential commercial towers hasn’t worked well in Parramatta at least. This is particularly the case with previous councilors, who were more interested in deals for mates, than developing a great city.
Don’t get me started on their joint-ventures and elimination of car parking stations. Another coffee, another article. Better make it a double…
Why hasn’t this worked?
The primary reasons which come to mind are:
- First, the elimination of parking stations and the introduction of high price street parking meters.
- Second, the high turnover of tenants in these high rise apartments, due to most unit blocks being up to 80 to 90 percent investor owned.
- No parking, which reduces walk-by traffic, means that the commercial part of the complexes stay vacant for a very long time; some even 3-4 years.
There is no quick-fix and there will only be a solution if councils adopt tough measures by making owner’s corporations more responsible for their bin management.
Here we have a stalemate; it was the council’s bad judgement and no control when it came to residential apartment-overcrowding of the CBD, which got us here in the first instance.
Unfortunately, if investors want to maintain their property values; whether it is the commercial premises or the residential dwellings, they have to be prepared to pay external waste management services to take care of the issue.
My tips when buying in a unit complex
- Don’t take the garbage room facilities for granted when you are planning to buy into a high-rise development.
- Investigate how the basement and storage of waste is managed, as well as other common areas.
- Do a check on the strata management company and find out whom they have appointed to take care of the waste management.
- Don’t be afraid to ask people that actually live in the complex how the strata company manages the common areas.
For now, I continue to drive around Sydney and walk around Parramatta; dodging bins, garbage, mattresses, furniture and not to forget, the good old shopping trolleys.
Edwin Almeida is managing partner and licensee-in-charge of Just Think Real Estate.
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