More Australians than ever before are now living in strata and community titled developments. Today, I’m acknowledging the various challenges this melting pot of needs, interests and agendas brings, plus providing some solutions. TIP: there’s a deadline nestling in this episode – don’t miss it 😉  

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks Amanda

    Very interesting facts that definitely should be kept front of mind in decision making and planning by anyone involved in the management of strata at any level.

    The Welcome pack idea is a good one. Where I live we started this practise but sadly it just faded away as Committee members became busier in their lives and often we weren’t aware of new residents until we saw the removal vans.

    Your podcast provides several reasons why it should NOT fade away but rather, engaging with new residents should remain a priority – besides it’s a nice thing to do.

    I remember all too well when I moved into my unit the first contact I had with the strata manager was a Letter telling me I had breached a by law. I had no idea what a by law was!!

    I believe that the value of strata properties exceeds a trillion dollars – incredible that in the greater part, the responsibility for managing that asset is placed in the hands of volunteers.

    The tools you provide are very helpful in guiding committees in the right direction.

  2. Thanks Amanda for the information!
    I also read that the night were the census was conducted there were 1 million vacant homes. If you remember the homeless were housed so why are governments telling us that they need to build more shonky buildings?
    Also the schools were sold to build more buildings now they do not have schools to accomodate the new students.
    We need good Planners in charge and Regulators to make sure that people are not rip off. I would hate to live in a 100 lots building.

  3. Hi Amanda
    It’s 50 years this year (December 1972) since my husband and I moved into brand-new units in Dee Why. We were only the second lot of owners moving in, and there was still a fair amount of building to finish off the adjoining block.
    We had only lived in apartments fairly briefly before this.
    Being a young couple with a new baby very soon, we realised we were lucky to have a top-floor place, with a small balcony looking out to the street.
    Over the 6 years we lived there, we managed to get to know nearly everyone, many in the same circumstances as us, with small nuclear families, struggling to pay the mortgage, quite a few mothers not going out to work, other than when child-minding could be shared ( I was with an agency, being sent out baby-sitting and working at private home-parties/engagements etc.)
    We had a delightful, mostly harmonious group of residents, fondly remembered – still keep in touch with some, and their children. We moved “over the hill” not far away and I occasionally drive past thinking of those friends who have scattered away to the far corners.
    I’m thinking of going back there very soon to ask the current Strata Corporation if they need a hand and to suggest your service, which would have helped us at times.
    I shall also contact you wearing my other “hat” as President of the Non-Smokers’ Movement of Australia Inc., which has campaigned since 1977 for everybody’s right to breathe clean air, free from the well-documented toxins in second-hand tobacco smoke. MH

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