Strata law shake up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols

PORT Dou­glas has an above av­er­age per­cent­age of res­i­dents oc­cu­py­ing apart­ments, a sec­tor of the prop­erty mar­ket pre­par­ing for rad­i­cal changes to body co­po­rate laws.

Pro­posed changes to the law would em­power body cor­po­rates to de­clare unit blocks smoke-free or pet-free build­ings, and even force unit own­ers to sell their homes if enough of their neigh­bours wanted to ac­cept a de­vel­oper’s of­fer – col­lo­qui­ally called the “kick granny from her flat law” in NSW.

A pub­lic sem­i­nar to dis­cuss the pro­posed changes to body cor­po­rate laws in Queens­land will be held at the Pullman Port Dou­glas Sea Tem­ple Re­sort and Spa on Mitre St at Port Dou­glas on Oc­to­ber 19.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Cen­sus, 19 per cent of peo­ple in the Port Dou­glas-Dain­tree re­gion live in an apart­ment, unit, flat or town­house. The Queens­land av­er­age is 16 per cent.

The sem­i­nar will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions from Chris Irons, the Com­mis­sioner for Body Cor­po­rate and Com­mu­nity Man­age­ment, and strata law ex­pert Frank Hig­gin­son from Hynes Le­gal in Brisbane, who will talk in plain English about what the cur­rent

Quick­sil­ver man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tony Baker with Dou­glas Shire mayor Ju­lia Leu at a cer­e­mony to mark the start of work on the site yes­ter­day

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