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Welcome to the June Edition of Tower News

We provide the Tower Monthly newsletter to you to help keep you informed and up to date
with important news, including any changes that are happening in the Strata Industry. It
contains news and articles relating to apartment living, particular to the South East
Queensland region
– including a link to those informative blogs posted recently on our website.

Over the past several months we have all witnessed the impact of COVID 19, not only on our
own lives but the lives of our families, friends, acquaintances and those within our respective
body corporate communities.

COVID 19 has of course had a significant impact on strata property owners, be you an
owner/occupier or an owner of a residential, retail or commercial property.

How the easing of restrictions and much hoped for return to normality will impact on property
owners, will vary markedly depending on your individual circumstances, and likewise body
corporate committees will need to assess how the body corporate should deal with the
balancing of budgets, delayed maintenance and issues of debt recovery. Professional advice
should be sought, as appropriate, from solicitors, accountants and letting agents.

Tax Returns – The end of the 2019/2020 financial year is here, so it is time to ensure that you
have everything you need to prepare your income tax returns. We can provide owners with a
levy contribution summary/tax report for the tax return at a cost of $7.95. Please email to order your report.

We are very happy for you to forward our newsletter onto family, friends or colleagues - even if they are not part of the Tower Body Corporate community. 

Kind Regards,

The Tower Body Corporate Team

News and Events

Gold Coast theme parks Sea World, Movie World and Wet’n’Wild are set to reopen in time for Queensland and NSW school holidays.

Sea World and Paradise Country reopen on June 26; Australian Outback Spectacular on July 3; and Movie World and Wet’n’Wild on July 15.

Surf Life Saving Australia is planning for the Coolangatta Gold to take place on the weekend of October 24 and 25 – subject to some adjustments based on government regulations.

Splendour in the Grass has officially been postponed to 2021

Migaloo the white whale heading to Gold Coast waters

June 16, 2020: Matt McDonald,
Whale watchers are in for a treat with Migaloo, the famous white whale, set to cruise past the Gold Coast any day now.
Migaloo has reportedly been spotted off the New South Wales South Coast as he makes his way north as part of the annual migration.

Riding on the Gold Coast (Broadbeach Waters)
Offered as a free public service provided by the City of Gold Coast, explore cycle networks and go off-road on cycle paths and quiet roads.
Children under the age of 18 years will need to be accompanied by an adult supervisor at all times.
Note: Due to the limited number of spaces and the popularity of this program, bookings are essential.
Maximum of 15 participants per session.
Phone:    07 5582 8677
When:    Sunday 12 July 2020 – 2 to 3:30 pm
Where:    Locations will be provided after registration

2020 Gold Coast Expo
When:  Friday 24 July 2020 – 8:30 am to 4 pm
Saturday 25 July 2020 – 8:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday 26 July 2020 – 8:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Aquis ParkGold Coast Turf Club
Cost:    $12 Adult – Children 16 and under free with an accompanying adult

Essential Reading For All Body Corporate Property Owners

Tammy Lynch, Tower Body Corporate
The Residential Rental Hub is a central point established by the Queensland Government where you can find information and support on the COVID-19 changes affecting renting in Queensland.

Q&A How Do We Deal With Bullying Emails From a Lot Owner?
Chris Irons, Hynes Legal

Question: How can the body corporate handle a lot owner who has a recurring habit of sending immature and bullying emails to anyone they have had a disagreement with?

Smoke Alarms – Timely Reminder to All Strata Owners and Residents
Tammy Lynch, Tower Body Corporate

During the COVID-19 crisis we are all spending more time at home, cooking more meals at home, and with the onset of winter, heaters and electric blankets are being switched on . . . but are your smoke alarms in good working order?

Is Your Body Corporate Overcharging?

Tammy Lynch, 
Tower Body Corporate

Bodies corporate are different in so many ways. How do you know if yours is overcharging?  It's not easy to compare ‘like with like’ but we show you the way.


Latest News

As 'normal' returns strata owners are urged to take care

SCA, The Real Estate Conversation
Strata corporations looking to re-open social or recreational facilities as COVID-19 restrictions gradually ease must exercise extreme caution.

Body Corporate Regulating Pets in Community Building – Nuisance

Christina Lee, bennett & philp lawyers
At what point can the body corporate intervene and regulate pets in the community building? In this case, the owner of a unit allowed their dog to urinate on the balcony and it dripped onto the balcony of the lot below. The question was whether this interfered with the peaceful enjoyment of another lot and whether the Adjudicator could make an order to remove the pet from the building.

Greening our grey cities: here’s how green roofs and walls can flourish in Australia

Nicholas Williams and Cathy Oke, University of Melbourne + Leisa Sargent, UNSW
Being able to grow plants up and on top of buildings combines grey infrastructure with green infrastructure. Unfortunately, most Australian cities are lagging behind  many international counterparts in this aspect of urban greening.

Bicycle Queensland urges government adopt pop-up CBD bikeways

Brisbane Development
With vehicular traffic in the CBD at an all-time low due to Covid-19, Bicycle Queensland is urging the Brisbane City Council and Queensland Government to adopt a proposal for pop-up bikeways in Brisbane’s CBD.

Sunshine Coast landlord forced to discount rent after QCAT rules in favour of tenant

Melissa Heagney, Domain
A Sunshine Coast landlord will be forced to discount the rent for his long-term tenants after the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled he could not prove reducing the rent would put him at a financial disadvantage.