The Role of a Facilities Manager

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In the relationship between a body corporate committee and a facility manager, problems can sometimes arise where there is confusion on the roles of the facility manager. A ‘fit and firing’ relationship between these two entities is vital to ensuring a strata scheme can function

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FREE Seminar for all Body Corporate Committees & Resident Unit Managers

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Calling all Body Corporate Committees and Resident Unit Managers! At this free seminar, discover how to: Access building management and compliance experts for FREE Create a complaint building management system Use a building management system to make you money Use great record keeping as the

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Prioritising Budgets for Building Improvements

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In 2015 SSKB surveyed Resident Unit Managers to ask them what their top five challenges were. The answer came back – working with body corporate/owners corporation committees to approve budgets for building improvements. We asked Chris Nezmah, general manager of Star BMS for practical tips

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Pool Laws Make A Splash

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The weather is scorching. Your face red from blowing up the inflatable pool and believe it or not, you may have just broken the law. Tens of thousands of Sydney families are inadvertently breaking the law by using portable pools, which are responsible for a

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Risky Business: Ignoring safety can cost you dearly

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You might not realise it, but as a body corporate committee member, you’re running a business – managing levy funds, hiring contactors, directing volunteer workers, and more. And all business owners have legal obligations under The Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Ignoring these responsibilities

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The Fatal Consequences of Failing To Comply With Fire Safety Standards

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The recent New South Wales Coroner’s report into the 2012 death of a Sydney woman tragically highlights the dangers of failing to maintain fire safety standards in residential towers. Two women were forced to jump from a fifth floor balcony as their Bankstown apartment was consumed by fire. One was killed and the other seriously injured.

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Fire Safety Compliance in Queensland

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In July 2008 the Queensland Government introduced the Building Fire Safety Regulation. The legislation applies to all buildings in Queensland except free standing houses, townhouses and sheds.
The legislation is largely focused on the duties and responsibilities of the owner of the building. In strata communities, the body corporate is the owner of the building. As the body corporate is constituted by all lot owners of the building, the duties, responsibilities, and penalties for non-compliance under the legislation fall squarely with the body corporate i.e. all lot owners.

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Focus On Maintenance Pays Dividends

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The different demands of managing property are often at odds. Indeed, many discussions at a body corporate level are between some that want to invest to secure asset value and some that want to keep costs down. Ultimately, the majority rules but the committee must

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Fire Door Sets in Queensland

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Fire doors are installed to Australian Standard (AS) 1905.1. It references fire doors as the complete assembly (fire door set).  A fire door set includes the frame, door and hardware fitted to the door set. The Australian Standard requires that all fittings to the fire

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The 5 “P’s”. Prior planning prevents poor performance… for Queensland

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We get a lot of body corporate committees come to us complaining about the state of their building and common property. Dirty Broken Tired Infested Overgrown Peeling Rotten Rusted… We hear it all, and when it comes down to it, no one at the building

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