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EC isn't Acting Appropriately

NSW: Q&A If Executive Committee isn't Acting Appropriately

Leanne Habib,
Premium Strata
Question: Our strata executive committee has been taken over by a group of lot owners who make decisions in their favour and no longer enforce bylaws. They don't communicate with the rest of the committee. What do we do?

WA: McGowan Government Responds to Short-Stay Accommodation Inquiry

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA, Minister for Transport; Planning
One of the actions to be undertaken by the McGowan Government arising from the recent parliamentary inquiry into short-stay accommodation is the updating of strata title guidance to include powers and processes open to strata companies to manage short-term rentals.
Express Glass
Neighbour Takes Over Garden

VIC: Q&A When the Lot Owner Next Door Takes Over the Garden

Alex Smale,
The Knight

Question: The minority lot owner in a three lot scheme has progressively taken over the common property garden with pots and garden furniture. No approval was sought.
 AGM Motions in Strata

QLD: Q&A AGM Motions in Strata and the Obligation to Act

Chris Irons,
Hynes Legal

Question: Who may move a motion to amend a motion? Can, for example, an owner present at the AGM, move a motion at the AGM to amend a motion put forward by the committee?

NSW: Preventing Pesky Parking = $ For the Owners Corporation

Bannermans Lawyers
Pesky parking practices by owners and occupiers can be a nightmare for strata schemes. However, it presents a perfect opportunity for an owners corporation to obtain a monetary order of up to $1100 from NCAT for every breach of a parking by-law.
QLD ByLaw Enforcement

QLD: The Golden Rules of Bylaw Enforcement + Q&As

Frank Higginson,
Hynes Legal
Question: I've received a letter from Body Corporate about breaching visitor parking. It contains a photo obviously taken by another resident. How is this a lawful way to enforce the bylaws?
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NSW: Tenancy Laws Changing From March 2020

Emma Smythies,
Bugden Allen Lawyers

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Have Your Say...... 

WA: Proposed reforms to the approval process for commercial buildings

Building and Energy is inviting WA to share their views on ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the commercial building approval process, including the process for approving apartment buildingsTo find out more click here. Submissions close 3 Apr.

NT: Better design ahead for apartments and mixed-use developments

NT Planning Commission is seeking ideas from the community for how to achieve quality residential apartment and mixed-use developments.  The Designing Better Project Snapshot and the technical Discussion Paper are at, along with details of the public information sessions in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. Submissions close 6 Mar.

Upcoming Events

New South Wales

Safe Buildings and Defects Management Summit 
Sydney: 25-26 Feb

SCA (NSW): Masterclass - Fire Safety Regulation Changes Impacting the Sector – Theories and Practical 
Sydney: 26 Feb, 8 - 10 am

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training 
Chatswood: 27 Feb, 9 am - 1:30 pm

ACRA International Women’s Day Breakfast: Balance for Better in the Construction Industry 
Lavender Bay: 4 Mar, 7:30 - 9:30 am

OCN Seminar on Fire Safety in Apartment Buildings - Impacts Post 6 April Reforms 
Lavender Bay: 14 Mar, 9:30 am - 1 pm

Strata Community Insurance: 2020 Autumn Forum. The Essentials of Strata Insurance – Practical Solutions to Managing Risk 
Sydney: 25 Mar, 8:30 - 10:30 am

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training 
Chatswood: 16 Apr, 9 am - 1:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training 
Chatswood: 20 Aug, 9 am - 1:30 pm

SCA (NSW): Strata Owners Committee Training 
Chatswood: 26 Nov, 9 am - 1:30 pm


Mecca Events: The Building Defects Crisis – Not just a Sydney problem? 
Docklands: 28 Feb, 7:30 - 9:30 am

Upcoming Events

Western Australia

Australian Apartment Advocacy: Apartment defects WA briefing - presentation of research findings Perth: 19 Feb, 7 - 9 am

SCA WA: Professional Development - It's time to hit refresh on by laws
Bentley: 20 Feb, 2 - 5 pm

WA Apartment Advocacy: The role of Council of Owners
Perth: 11 Mar, 5:30 - 7 pm

SCA WA: Owner Workshop - Committee Training
Subiaco: 19 Mar, 1 - 5 pm

LookUpStrata WA Strata Reforms Information Session: Stand By For More Details
Perth: 1 Apr, 10 am - 12 pm


Safe Buildings and Defects Management Summit 
Brisbane: 27-28 Feb

SCA (Qld) Lot Owners Day
Brisbane: 11 Mar, 1 - 5:30 pm

SCA (Qld) 2020 Conference: A Brain, A Heart & Courage
Brisbane: 12 - 13 Mar

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Gov: Designing Better
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