34 Union Street Brunswick
A remarkable location - close to everything


Thoughts on an Owners Committee policy and notes on maintenance.

Another's view of Strata Committees and a comment on Engagement
A relatively low cost way to make our place nicer. V2
An argument for simpler financial reporting
Political action and the OC
A way to a Courtyard
Cleaning
The hanging gardens of Jewel -V2

Queries, comments and criticism

You said:

Why does this web site exist?

What's it all about Alfie
Is it just for the moment we live
What's it all about
When you sort it out, Alfie

Along with my wife, I have been an owner and resident from the beginning of apartment life for 34 Union Street in 2011, and an Owners Committee member on two occasions. Prior to returning to Victoria we lived in an 81 unit seaside complex in W.A. There I also spent time on the Owners Committee.

In browsing the net looking for suggestions that could be of use here at 34 Union Street, I came on comments about strata management from a person who is an investor with quite a number of properties. After a brief comment on AGM's he states:

It’s the rest of the year that really matters. And that’s where active strata committees make a huge difference. They handle problems and issues as they occur and get things done for the benefit of the owners and occupiers. My committees actively engage on important issues with owners and occupiers throughout the year. Why wait to the AGM to inform them?

With the exception of the article quoted from above, I have written the other items both as illustrations of how an Owners Committee could communicate with owners and tenants and because they are real issues that have been raised at various times.

If owners and residents choose to read and engage in dialogue, these papers can grow, be changed because of better ideas or removed through lack of interest. it's up to you.

About half of the residents of 34 Union Street are "owners", the other half are the occupiers of apartments owned by people living elsewhere, even overseas in a couple of cases. If the people who live here are content, it should follow that the absent owners are also content.

If an owner or resident needs to communicate with the building management they have either the MIA or OC email addresses. There is no way for them to canvass other opinions or to have their views generally known. There is a Faceboook Group for 34 Union Street but that is a poor vehicle for canvassing ideas.

In my opinion there is almost no dialogue between MIA, the Owners Committee, the owners and residents. All errors and wrong ideas on this page are mine. Tony Blackmore 401.

I know it's fairly primitive as websites go, but I produced it with my recollection of HTML from about 1995 and with no software other than Mac Text Edit. If there is a website developer out there who would like to help please put your hand up.