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  Tower Body Corporate 
 August 2017 Edition

In our August edition, we cover the following:

More information about organising emergency lift phone lines before the nbn. Frank Higginson talks about enforcing bylaws, specifically when it comes to .... doggy doo. We discuss the need for professional paid committee members and have a look at the options available to reduce schemes electricity costs.

The BCCM is set to launch their new information site soon. If you would like to help with the final organisation of the site's information, head to this link to carry out a short 10-15 minute activity on finding QLD Strata Information.

BY THE WAY: Don't forget to have your say on the Property Law Review - submissions due by October 2017.

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Q&A Doggy Doo Is Not Cleaned Up – Who Enforces Bylaws?

Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal
Question: One unit owner does not clean up after their rather large dog. It's part of the bylaws. Body Corporate Managers, the chairman and other lot owners appear to ignore the situation. Who enforces the bylaws?

Will my emergency lift phone services work on the nbn?

Curt Hensel, VoIPforce
A critical service that will be impacted by the nbn is the emergency lift phone service required for all buildings with lift services. But don't worry, we've got you sorted. Here's how to stay compliant ... and safe!

Is there a need for "Professional (paid) Committee Members?"

Deryck Walker of RMIT
Is there a specific need for professional persons to take paid positions on committees for large schemes, not dissimilar to board members who steer a listed company?

Q&A Finding our schemes best solution to rising electricity costs

James Pearce, ENM Solutions
Question: How do we locate an independent and qualified adviser or electricity consultant to help my complex sort through the many options and find what is best for our needs?

Latest News

Why empty nesters are moving to Brisbane’s inner city

Steve Gibbons, Domain
24 August

Interstate migration, the need to mitigate the transport and infrastructure pressures of vast urban sprawl, and a more visionary approach to inner-city planning have all triggered the growth of Brisbane upward rather than outward.

Australian PM urges developers to design protection from vehicle attacks

Joseph Hinchliffe, Reuters
20 August

Malcolm Turnbull called on Sunday for developers to incorporate safety features into their projects to prevent militant attacks with vehicles and other weapons as he announced new plans to protect the public.

These Queensland areas topped the national list as the fastest growing suburbs for unit living

Michelle Hele, The Courier-Mail
16 August

QUEENSLAND accounts for half of Australia’s top ten areas which have chalked up the most approvals for apartments.

Census 2016: How the Gold Coast compares to other Australian cities

Gold Coast Bulletin
13 August

The 2016 Census data revealed the Gold Coast has a particularly high density of apartments — 19 per cent of private dwelling were flats or apartments compared to 13 per cent for Brisbane and 11 per cent for the rest of Queensland.  

Glow-in-the-dark pathways to be installed in Brisbane

Ruth McCosker, The Age
8 August

Glow-in-the-dark pathways are coming to Brisbane as the city explores new ways to light up darkened paths at night.

The future of housing: families in apartments

Tahlia McPherson and Paul Jones, The Stand

It might be a squeeze on space, but for many families apartments are the housing of the future.

Interesting Media

QBCC Waterproofing

Waterproofing Tradie Tour - National Construction Code (Part 1)

Queensland Building and Construction Commission
Waterproofing is consistently one of the most common defects reported to the QBCC and mistakes can be costly. In June 2017, we conducted a number of waterproofing seminars around the state. Frank Moebus presented, providing in-depth information about avoiding installation problems.
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