Working together to reduce strata stress

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A series of free workshops in English and Chinese will help both strata-dwelling owners and renters tackle issues including pets, levies and noisy neighbours.

The City of Sydney's strata skills workshops from 2 April to 18 June will be led by a series of industry professionals offering practical advice and answering questions that will lead to harmonious apartment living.

For the first time, this successful program includes a workshop for Green Square residents in Chinese, to cater to the specific needs of Chinese language speaking residents. These workshops look at elements of strata, including bylaws, meeting procedures and dispute resolution.

"With 75 per cent of our city's residents living in apartments, we are committed to creating stress-free strata living," the Lord Mayor said.

"As our population continues to grow, we are anticipating that around 84 per cent of our residents will live in apartments by 2030.

"We've run this program for seven years and always have a great response from members of the community looking for skills and strategies to get the most out of apartment living. The workshops are also a great opportunity to network with others who live in strata or who are considering buying into a new strata scheme."

Each strata skills workshop focuses on a different area of strata, giving renters and owners the most up-to-date, useful information on the many issues people face when living in high-density communities. Topics include buying off the plan, renovations, living with pets and changes in strata law.

Strata Meetings

  • Tuesday 2 April, 6pm-8pm
  • Level 3, 307 Pitt Street, Sydney

Presented by Melissa Truscott, Bright and Duggan and Jo Kelly, People Place and Partnership

The Handover

  • Tuesday 9 April, 6pm-8pm
  • Level 3, 307 Pitt Street, Sydney

Presented by Marc Gibson, Strata Sense and Robin Miles, Social Equity Works

Strata Committees

  • Tuesday 30 April, 6pm-8pm
  • Level 3, 307 Pitt Street, Sydney

Presented by Melissa Truscott, Bright and Duggan and Jo Kelly, People Place and Partnership

Strata Basics at Green Square

  • Tuesday 7 May, 6pm-8pm
  • Green Square Library, 355 Botany Road, Zetland

Presented by Natalie Fitzgerald, Strata Sense and Judy MacGraw, Judy MacGraw Consulting

Strata Basics in Chinese at Green Square

  • Thursday 23 May, 6pm-7.30pm
  • Green Square Library, 355 Botany Road, Zetland

Presented by NSW Department of Fair Trading

Session spoken in Mandarin, presentation in simplified Chinese.

Strata Paws

  • Tuesday 4 June, 6pm-8pm
  • Level 3, 307 Pitt Street, Sydney

Presented by Dr Jo Righetti, Pet Problems Solved and Robin Miles, Social Equity Works

Strata Levies

  • Tuesday 18 June, 6pm-8pm
  • Level 3, 307 Pitt Street, Sydney

Presented by Natalie Fitzgerald, Strata Sense and Judy MacGraw, Judy MacGraw Consulting

All workshops will be held at City of Sydney owned spaces.

For media inquiries or images, contact Roxanne Macara. Phone 0438 554 640 or email rmacara@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Anusha Muller. Phone 0408 494 545 or email amuller@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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