Private certifiers

The NSW Building Commissioner is finally getting around to auditing a number of private certifiers. Certifiers who fail the audit will ne ‘shamed & named’ and may be subjected to enforceable undertakings. This could lead to fines and independent third party professionals to check their work.

Source: SMH 30 August 2021 p.3


Downsizing office space

  • Due to the trend ofmore people working from homeany companies are in the process of rationalising their office space. Unused office space is heading towards 10%, p.a from around 4% in early 2020. It is unknown what impact this trend will have on the Chatswood CBD.
  • A reduction in demand for office space could see a re-emergence of developers seeking to jam more residential buildings within the CBD.

Defective buildings

A development company has been held responsible for building defects in one of their buildings. They tried to lay blame on their designers, architects and private certifiers. The NSW Supreme Court found that the blame laid with the development company. They ordered them to pay over $1,000,000 to strata owners plus over $180,000 for costs

Curb side collection to recommence

Bulky goods curb side collection to recommence

Plus mattresses

Willoughby City Council is pleased to announce scheduled and pre booked clean up services, including mattress collection, will recommence from Tuesday 10 August.

Council has worked with our contractors to ensure this important service can recommence in a COVID safe way.

Council is aware the cancellation of this service in July 2021 caused inconvenience for some residents, but the ongoing support of the community to navigate the COVID restrictions is appreciated.

Residents who had their booking cancelled will be provided with one free additional pre-booked collection which can be booked on Council’s website, or by calling our customer service centre on 02 9777 1000.

The clean-up that was originally scheduled for Northbridge this week, the week commencing 9 August 2021, will go ahead and residents of Northbridge can leave their bulky goods out for collection. Future scheduled areas will recommence as planned, please see Council’s website for future schedules.

We are pleased that we can now reoffer this service to our community.

Data Centre Lane Cove North

I am writing on behalf of the project team to update you on the plans for a proposed data centre at 704–706 Mowbray Road, Lane Cove North.

As part of keeping the community up to date, we are holding a Virtual Community Information Session on Thursday 12 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, to share details with the community on the design progression.

We have refined our proposal in response to community feedback, including making improvements to the design, landscaping and pedestrian amenity around the site.

We are grateful for the valuable community feedback that has been shared with us so far.

We will also outline the next steps for the project and how the community can provide feedback during the upcoming public exhibition. 

The presentation will be published online following the session.

An invitation to the community information session will also be letterbox dropped to the local community later this afternoon which includes details on how they can register their interest to attend via . We have attached a copy of the community flyer for your awareness.

Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you would like a briefing on the project and we would be more than happy to work with you to arrange a suitable time.

In the meantime, if you would like further information, early planning documents for the proposal are on the NSW Major Projects website.

We look forward to updating you on our proposal soon.

Kind regards

Bas Bolyn

The Community Engagement Team

Proposed Mowbray Road Data Centre – Lane Cove North

New housing SEPP

The State Government is proposing to consolidate existing housijng legislation including for Affordable Rental, Seniors Housi9ng and Affordable Housing. The legislation will also include short-term rental accomodation and social housing provisions. There is new style of housing termed ‘co-living’, a form that provides small private rooms, possibly with kitchen and bathroom faciliities (so a higher density of living). Changes are also proposed for boarding houses.

The reasons igiven for the changes include to facilitate the delivery of more diverse and affordable housing types. and to ensure that the home building sector is well-placed to assist the economic recovery of NSW following the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is concern that economic imeratives will override existing community protections.