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Car Park Lighting Safety

In any building with a car park, whether it be underground, high rise or ground level, there are a number of obligations you have to ensure the safety of residents and visitors. The correct lighting of the car park is crucial for a number of reasons and there are many ways you can manage this…

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Commissioners Corner: CCTV in Strata

Either a body corporate or an owner may wish to install Closed-Circuit Tele-Vision (CCTV) in a community titles scheme. Naturally, such a wish might raise several questions about body corporate and owner responsibility, as well as concerns about recording and privacy. While legal advice might be required to answer all questions, this article is designed…

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Strata Insurance Obligations

If William Shakespeare was a Queensland strata title property owner (particularly in North Queensland), he might at this very stage be writing: To insure, or not to insure, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous cyclones, non-conforming cladding, terrorism risks and the like, Or…

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Storm Season is here again!

Are you prepared for the next round of summer storms? Although not isolated to summer any more or to a particular region of our sunshine state, if history repeats, now is the time to prepare! We now know that these intense weather events can occur anywhere across the state and when they hit, it is…

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Commissioners Corner: Returning Officers Roles Explained

When it comes to elections of any kind, one of the more common phrases one hears is “returning officer”. There are slightly different meanings and responsibilities for returning officers depending upon the type of election or the country in which the election is held. In general, a returning officer is the officer responsible for ensuring…

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Commissioners Corner: What is a VOC?

Sometimes body corporate committees face the issue of not being able to find a mutually agreeable time when all members are personally available to attend a committee meeting. This may because they are all busy working or perhaps some live interstate or overseas. When this happens, the legislation allows the committee to ‘vote outside a…

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When is not making a decision – a decision?

Every stakeholder needs to be grateful for the time and energy invested by committee members into their strata communities. It is a volunteer, and often thankless, role that someone needs to play. They take time away from family or business to look after the best interests of their community. But problems within a community arise…

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Submitting Owners’ Motions to Annual General Meetings

Strata unit owners have the option to submit motions to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is the forum for all owners to vote (if they choose to). There are a number of reasons why an owner may choose to take up the option of submitting a motion to the AGM. The reasons range from…

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Commissioners Corner: Motions with Alternatives

In this article I delve into the issue of a motion with alternatives, as well as ruling these kinds of motions out of order. Firstly, let’s clarify some concepts. Section 72 of the Body Corporate and Community Management (Standard Module) Regulation 2008 (the Standard Module) provides for motions with alternatives. I will refer throughout to…

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How to deal with the TELEBULLIES …

Have you received a ‘land access notice’ from a telecommunications carrier demanding access to inspect or to install telecommunications equipment on your community title scheme land? You may have experienced some pretty bullish tactics from those providers. For example, land access notices requiring permanent access to your land to install telecommunications equipment, offering little or…

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