New Strata Regulations

DogOnBalconyUnder just released Strata Regulations and By-Laws, Owner Corporations do not have to give a reason in writing if they ban animals from apartments.

However, you will be able to hold a balcony BBQ (subject to normal issues re nuisance).

Smokers can have a designated smoking area but must ensure that their smoke does not drift into apartments.

Voting for the  Owner Corporation has also changed.

To read the new strata regulations in PDF, click here


Strategic Plan for Sydney

DistrictPLansThe recently established Greater Sydney Commission has embarked on a long overdue process of developing a strategic plan for Sydney. The last strategic plan for Sydney was the 1948 County of Cumberland Scheme. So a new plan is long overdue. The Commission will release its draft District Plan for northern Sydney in November this year. The District Plan is not a statutory plan, rather a ‘wish list’ of key aspects we need such as green spaces, clean water, housing affordability and jobs creation. However, the Commission may be chartered to develop the statutory planning to implement aspects of the District Plan.

Now is the time to let the Commission know the aspirations you have for your area. Do we need more open space? What green linkages do we want? Where should housing be located? What transport infrastructure is needed?

Find out more of how to engage with the commission.


OHReid Oval

Dog off leashIn August 2015, the Mayor met with local dog walking residents at the oval to resolve their concerns about sharing oval space with the afternoon sportsfield hirers.

At the time , the field was booked for 2 afternoons a week, at 3.45pm- 5pm for AFL Schools program. The Schools use ceased that month as it was the end of the Winter Sports season.

As a follow up to the residents meeting, we received a request from which included the following suggestion: “For groups who use the entire field, a white line circle will be painted on the oval to clearly mark the hired space and the perimeter space for dog owners.  The distance was not discussed however we suggest a space of about 10 metres”.

The request for the same OHReid Oval booking by the AFL NSW School Program was received for Winter 2016, and has been booked in for the season finishing in August 2016.

Sports staff have painted a white dash line marking, all the way around the oval. Given the layout of the sportsground,  the outer perimeter area varies  in width from 13m and 10 m (south and north) to a minimum of 4 -5 metres (east and west). The line delineates the oval for sport use and the perimeter area for dog walkers on the 2 afternoons per week when the schools training occurs from 3.45pm – 5pm Mondays and Wednesdays. We will re-enforce the use of the ground sharing with the AFL NSW hirer (who are currently training Shore students there).