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Seminar: Making Apartment Living Stress-free, Profitable and Fun

On 9 April 2005 the Owners Corporation Network held its second owners seminar at the Museum of Sydney.

More than 75 members of Executive Committees, owners and interested people attended to hear interesting and lively presentations about important and topical strata title matters affecting them.

The seminar opened with some thoughts about the increasing importance and significance of strata title schemes by Jimmy Thomson to challenge conventional wisdom. Jimmy is the co-author of the book “Apartment Living”, and the Sydney Morning Herald columnist who writes ‘Flat Chat’ in Saturday’s edition of Domain and a strata owner.

That was followed by a presentation by Stephen Goddard and Francesco Andreone about the strata law changes introduced in 2003, 2004 and 2005. This informative presentation helped attendees keep up with the latest rules. Stephen Goddard is the Chair of OCN and a lawyer specialising in strata titles. Francesco is the MD of Andreones, a specialist strata title legal practice.

A panel of experienced strata scheme executives (Stephen Goddard, Stephen Falkiner, Bronwyn Connolly and Brian Wood) and Peter Berry from the Office of Fair Trading then answered questions about managing large strata schemes, coping with the new laws and the challenges they have faced. The panel and questions were moderated by Francesco Andreone.

The seminar ended with a lively debate about strata managing agents called ' Strata Managers - a blessing in disguise or an unnecessary evil?' between Jimmy Thomson and David Morris, President of the Institute of Strata Title Management and an experienced strata manager. Although it was not clear who won the debate, it highlighted some of the important things that executives, owners and strata managers need to bear in mind to work together effectively.

The seminar was another example of how OCN contributes to owner knowledge and advances discussion on important strata title matters

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