A NSW TAX Shake-Up to benefit Guess Who?? Ha ha … THE PROPERTY MARKET

CAAN Photo: Are these the sort of ‘homes’ and terraces, townhouses … etc that are proposed?

IT appears the next step following many by the Reps in Macquarie Street is to replace STAMP DUTY with a broad-based LAND TAX

AND what lies behind yet another manoeuvre is to entice people to sell their homes open up opportunities for developers to build more ‘homes’ (boxes/cells) and allegedly to make the NSW Guvmnt budget more manageable as spun in a draft on this government’s inquiry of federal financial relations

Included among 15 recommendations are a swap for LAND TAX, SCRAPPING STAMP DUTIES and GST changes

In 2018-19 the Berejiklian Government gained some $7 BILLION from ‘transfer duty’ but according to this inquiry it was an unstable derivation of income from raising 28% of tax revenue from transfer duty to fall by 14% a year later …

For those esp. ‘investors’ who buy and sell homes more frequently it is put that ‘they’ are paying for essential services and infrastructure … cough … cough …

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In 2018 in NSW some 2.8 million properties yet less than 200,000 home owners contributed through ‘transfer duty’

Because most stayed in their homes for decades … is this a move to encourage (or force) people to sell out and somehow improve housing affordability …

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ASK YOURSELF …


IS this Inquiry put together by the same guy that … when he was at Telstra he thought it was okay to insist all clients agree to pay their accounts by automatic deductions to retain their Telstra phone connection?

SHOULD we be wary of these ‘appointed’ persons telling us they have better ideas about collecting taxes?

CAN anyone ever remember not paying more tax?

DO these reviews ever result in us paying less tax?

WHY didn’t they put the same amount of energy into anomalies like:

-the cash economy  (aka ‘hot money’ or ‘black money’)

-tax havens like so-called  ‘Trusts’ (e.g. Family Trusts)

tax loopholes like so-called ‘deductions’

sham contracting

THE LIST goes on …

WHAT about doing something about:


money laundering in real estate (by implementing and enforcing the second tranche of the Anti-money laundering laws by removing the Real Estate gatekeepers exemption of Oct 2018)

proxy buying in real estate?  (ditto)

AND all the other tax evasion and tax avoidance happening across the economy?

DOES anyone believe these measures are no more than another BIG FAT TAX?

NOW … SHARE! 

TO enlighten others … by Facebook … share in an email to contacts … and raise this with others to enlighten them … unless you do …. and unless we kick up a Stink … nothing can change for the better!

Read more about this Inquiry

PLANNING MINISTER MOVES TO ENACT SINISTER ‘MEDIUM-DENSITY HOUSING CODE’ FOR 1 JULY 2020

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CAAN Photo: even fugly like this in one of Sydney’s exclusive Harbourside areas … however only 150 dwellings for this LGA. Too bad for the neighbours at the rear could this be too close for comfort?

DESPITE the strong objections from Councils and Constituents …

It’s happened across Sydney wherever higher density has been deemed … this is the second stage … their appetite whet for more …

TO demolish our streets for crap like this …

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CAAN Photo 10 Townhouses 10 X water and sewer where there was one home
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CAAN Photo oversized duplex showing signs of poor workmanship

IN the lead up what it will mean …

THE MOB moves will be underhand … our properties undervalued …

NEXT … wholesale demolitions … asbestos clouds … excavations … jackhammers … tradies trucks pack out our streets … chainsaws too … mud … cement dust … visa workers not trained through our TAFE … latrines on the streets …. footpaths turned into rubble … hazards for pedestrians … conga lines of trucks … cement mixer trucks … concrete pores even as late as 8 p.m. 

THIS is planned for across NSW … no escape …

As ‘Our Families‘ are priced out … note this Report …

‘Major proposed changes to Australia’s Foreign Investment regime announced by the federal government’

FOREIGN INVESTMENT means FOREIGN ACQUISITION … OWNERSHIP

HOWEVER …

‘There are no significant changes proposed to the rules regarding residential real estate’ *

Read more!

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/major-proposed-changes-to-australia-s-72340/?fbclid=IwAR3wlTpsAeLsvWHEQ_FOX3itPaUSHLENAQijDGIPBAsI0lT2uwqA2tqtFIA

As China is alleged to be easing off … enter Millions of buyers … Billions of ‘em from Hong Kong … Malaysia,  Singapore, India … and obviously more Black Money awash in our Real Estate … remember the Real Estate Gatekeepers are exempt from the Anti-Money Laundering Laws (Morrison Govt October 2018) …

BUT … what the Property Sector may find that due to the Pandemic … that international travel will not happen until there is a vaccine … so despite no laws to prevent foreign acquisition … the market may not just be there!

WHEN some believer says ‘Come on … Liberals are good economic managers’ … OR ‘lay off these guys’ … just remind them how good they are …

-and what it has been costing us …

Mr Pants-on-Fire from the Shire was anointed by the Federal developer lobby, Property Council of Australia for the top jobso that the PCA holds the reins of Australia …

He wrote the policy for the PCA before entering politics …

AND in NSW the Mob rule from Macquarie Street … read more:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/frustrated-minister-says-no-more-delays-as-housing-plan-rolls-out-20200615-p552sg.html?fbclid=IwAR3HDCngmrCNwOfQQB79_Rjd-SACeNRIOSGiqAcE5qi4NjZYjsVR7e3eaSo

VIEW CAAN’s earlier report … can’t say we didn’t warn you!

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2020/01/28/until-it-happens-huh/?fbclid=IwAR2_qgrdT56GKAQd8nzOQRWa8qWxedzBV0mqHv9ch80cS303ow_xSstan80

WHY are MILLENNIALS Moving to Australia’s Regions … and Big Towns?

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ORANGE and the surrounding villages and towns. Canowindra hot air ballooning

WHY are MILLENNIALS Moving to Australia’s Regions … and Big Towns?

Of course, many Millennials are now moving to the regional cities … big towns that have the infrastructure …

SYDNEY for one has lost its appeal to many … the fuglification … the congestion …

IS it just real estate prices, or is it because Australians have had to compete with foreign ownership?

… over this period from 2011 to 2016, and up to the CoronaVirus Pandemic … during the terms of the Liberal Coalition in NSW …

KEY POINTS … from a Report determining population growth and movements …

-between 2011 and 2016 regional millennials are moving to other regions; not to capital cities

-Sydney lost more to the regions

-they were more aware of the benefits of living in the regions

-with a move to Orange there was no longer a two hour commute to work but an 8 minute drive

-able to buy a home

-they are seeking mid-sized towns with a hospital, airport, university, jobs and lifestyle!

-the regions attracted 65,000 more than they lost to capital cities

THIS no doubt reflects the very pooor policies of the NSW Liberal Coalition …

Turning our SYDNEY Town into what the Foreign Buyers have fled …

LET alone the nasty consequences for our Australian Society with a whole Cohort locked out of Sydney by not only competition from foreign acquisition … but the loss of livebility … the long commutes … that many have sought an attractive lifestyle in the Regions!

READ MORE!

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-23/regional-australia-institute-millennials-moving-city-to-country/12365964.

Photo: Spring Hill; orange.com.au
Byng looking towards Springfielf
Overlooking Orange

Photos: Orange.com.au CAAN was unable to locate our photos of Orange and district!

STOKES DENIES A CONFLICT OF INTEREST … despite an Executive from the PCA parachuted in for Fast Tracking of Projects!

KEY POINTS … TEN NEWS REPORT 29 MAY 2020

-Planning Minister Stokes denies there is a conflict of interest after an executive from the Property Council was asked to help lead the State Government’s response to CoronaVirus

-that response involves fast-tracking the decision making around major projects some of which are proposed by members of the Property Council

-despite the West Pennant Hills Blue Gum High Forest site being rejected by the Hills Council last year developer Mirvac has a proposal for 600 homes

this site has been selected by the State Government to have its rezoning assessment fast tracked

-the Planning Minister said this fast tracking was to facilitate a ‘determination’

CAAN: For a MIRVAC development perhaps like this at Glebe?

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CAAN Photo 2016 Mirvac alongside the Crescent, Glebe

To replace this beautiful Blue Gum High Forest at West Pennant Hills?

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CAAN Photo the Blue Gum High Forest … formerly the IBM Site concealed by the forest now owned by Developer Mirvac!

-the planning minister moved to quell concern there is a conflict of interest within his department

Mirvac happens to be represented on the Board of the Property Council of Australia

-the Deputy Executive Director of the PCA in NSW is Mr William Power; he has taken leave without pay to become the Executive Director of the Planning Department’s Covid-19 response

-his role is described as Communications and Stakeholder Engagement; not involved in any determinative process either in terms of fast-tracking of individual projects or the determination of them

-the department’s lawyer is confident Mr Power has no role in relation to decision making

his responsibility involves fast-tracking the decision making of major projects; some of which were proposed by members of the PCA!!

  • P.S. … Is this Dracula running the Blood Bank?

SEARCH CAAN WEBSITE to find out more about:

-the Property Council of Australia (the PCA)

-Scott Morrison before entering politics wrote the Policy for the PCA

CAAN WEBSITE:

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.wordpress.com/

NOW … see for yourself from TenNews …

.https://www.facebook.com/10NewsFirstSyd/videos/961509607640728/

WAIT! THERE’S MORE … $4.7BN ACCELERATION FOR TRANCHE 3

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CAAN Photo: high-rise development underway view from Castle Towers

WAIT!  THERE’S MORE …  $4.7BN ACCELERATION FOR TRANCHE 3 … the ‘New Normal’ from NSW INC … even faster approvals with 19 more Projects!

-$1.2 Bn Victoria Cross Metro Station in North Sydney with an over-station development overseen by Lendlease

Included among the 19 extra projects are:

-a 60MW solar farm

-$64.3 M school in Camden

rezoning for a North Castle Hill Precinct

IS this why David Elliott hastened to talk in defence of his Hills Constituents?

BECAUSE with further rezoning … this time for the North Castle Hill Precinct … that many constituents may be upset by this … just as they were with the rezoning for the Crane Road Precinct?

AND …

Mulpha’s $1Bn Norwest  with 9 high-rise towers

FROM the PDF it records:

Amendment to The Hills LEP – 40 Solent Circuit Baulkham Hills

The Hills Shire Proposal to facilitate a mixed use development. This includes contributions towards upgrading Norwest Boulevard which is a regional road $235m 471 jobs Mulpha Norwest Pty Ltd

WHO are Mulpha?

Mulpha Group (“Mulpha”) is one of Australia’s most experienced real estate and hospitality investors with highly specialised operational management and development capability. The group also has an extensive portfolio of real estate, property development, hospitality, education, retirement, private equity and debt assets and invests in some of the fastest-growing and most vibrant economies in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and the UK.

Search for: mulpha.com.au

From the Daily Telegraph: 19 Projects to be fast-tracked by NSW Government

The project was approved by the Hills Shire Council in December 2019.
Photo DT: Approved by the Hills Council in December 2019; to spoil Baulkham Hills!

View:

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/coronavirus-19-projects-to-be-fasttracked-by-nsw-government/news-story/7f252e2b1b146a4d1c3ef3c5668bb377?fbclid=IwAR2ZuQ3_tvFOMqKMkuJ8lCQJ3fx5FciacXCQd_DcToy9QySxiDawNnecL1M

Amendment to The Hills LEP – Cecil Avenue & Roger Avenue Castle Hill

The Hills Shire Proposal to increase housing supply close to transport, jobs and services.  Will also facilitate new regional road infrastructure and a new through site link from Cecil Avenue to Roger Avenue for the public. $140m 280 jobs Merc Capital

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Google Map: Roger Avenue Castle Hill

View:  Fast-tracked Assessments: Tranche Three

‘Major new rezoning for the North Castle Hill Precinct to create opportunities for new housing directly connected to Castle Hill commercial area.  The precinct will include enhanced ‘urban’ park spaces and parks with improved play equipment, picnic facilities, landscaping and seating.’

https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/-/media/Files/DPE/Other/fast-tracked-assessments-tranche-three-2020-06.pdf?la=en

-5000 ‘new homes’ in Parkwood

-$10M for Social Housing consisting of 41 affordable units for Gosford

THAT brings the total to 48 major projects assessed.

Planning Minister Stokes let it slip that NSW INC has simplified and fast-tracked its assessment process … developer lobby groups must be chuffed … for 8000 new homes, infrastructure and public spaces

READ MORE!

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Baulkham Hills MP defends The Hills Amenity objects to Overdevelopment in his Patch

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CAAN Photo; Three Towers under construction on the other side of ‘Castle Towers’; the site for a fourth tower has just been cleared. The middle tower accessed by a YongMao Crane; YongMao a Chinese machinery manufacturer specializing in large sized and supersized tower cranes
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CAAN Photo: A fourth tower soon to rise nearby; in the background Castle Hill with homes set among bushlands

In Pollie Speak the Member said:

‘I remain completely opposed to the fast-tracking of all medium and high-density development in my electorate of Baulkham Hills,”

In ‘developer speak’ he said he acknowledged the need to expand Sydney.

DESPITE the acceleration of development since 2011 during the terms of the Liberal Coalition in NSW, how is it that they hold the Labor administration responsible for denying The Hills the infrastructure it will need to match even more medium and high-density housing?

AS revealed in this Macro Business Report it is both an issue of infrastructure and population policy …

‘Australia’s recent migrants don’t want more immigration’

The infastructure appears to always be an afterthought … whether it be for:

-transport

-health

-education

The consequences include the electorate being packed in like sardines in trains;  inadequate health care to meet the doubling of the population;

Children schooled in demountable classrooms

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CAAN Photo; close up of the towers under construction. In the background nearby homes having lost their amenity to high-rise overdevelopment on the Metro route! The Metro connecting to Chatswood, North Sydney and Sydney.

Why do the Hills people believe that ‘Infrastructure’ is the Solution?

Because the ‘overdevelopment’ has occurred since the reign of the NSW Libs since 2011 … so how can the Labor administration be held responsible for denying the Hills the infrastructure that it will need to accommodate even more medium and high-density housing?

YET despite being sold out in Crane Road some from The Hills stop short of saying anything about the government.  Why is this so?

An example of this … CAAN spoke to a family formerly residents of Crane Road, Castle Hill … now known as the ‘CRANE ROAD PRECINCT’.

The mother we spoke to said it still upsets her to shop at the nearby Castle Towers because ‘the developers were underhand’ …

That within 6 months of being forced to sell their home the property prices shot up and they were unable to buy back in Castle Hill.  They had to move away!

Background … The Hills Development Control Plan  (DCP) 2012 Crane Road Precinct located within the Castle Hill Major Centre .  It is bordered by the Old Northern Road, Terminus Street and Crane Road, and a portion of the Old Northern Road Reserve.  Referred to as the Crane Road Precinct.

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CAAN Photo: Crane Road Precinct looms large; viewed from the road leading to Castle Towers

HOW soon before Castle Hill looks like Top Ryde … Macquarie Park … Epping … ?

Read more!

‘Protecting the Hills lifestyle’: Minister slams fast-track planning in his electorate

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/protecting-the-hills-lifestyle-minister-slams-fast-track-planning-in-his-electorate-20200621-p554pb.html

NSW INC List For the Second Stage of Fast-Tracked Approvals

NSW INC says ‘Have Your Say’ … but is that where it ends? Cough … cough …

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CAAN Photo 21 June 2020

What happened to the thousands of community objections and calls to turn the former IBM site in West Pennant Hills, the Blue Gum High Forest and the Cumberland State Forest into a National Park to benefit everyone, and create more jobs?

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CAAN Photo 21 June 2020

WHO are the series of apartments and ‘micro-lot housing’ being developed for?

Surely not for more CCP party members who can fly in on the Pegasus? Those from Hong Kong or the sub-continent with its 1.3 Billion People?

But … but … but you can’t say that! It just so happens that Harry and his Mates have made it so … as the Top End of Town keep our Wages Down … down … down …

That’s how they like it … with Visa workers too … so hushed and willing to seek Permanent Residency …

Among the infamous quotes from HT are these! Just substitute ‘Chinese’ for ‘Overseas’ …

The problem with Australians is they are very slow. They ask their lawyer, they ask their financial adviser, they ask their family, they ask everybody. The Chinese don’t ask anybody, they come off the plane, buy their unit and go.

“China has more than 1 billion people, and they love Australia. I think they love Australia as much as we love Australia. So there will always be enough of them that will buy.”

THE consequence was that ‘The Supply’ could not meet ‘The Foreign Demand’ … so now within ‘the proposed major changes to Foreign Investment’ … none are to be had for ‘real estate’ … of course!

AND there are millions … even billions of ‘foreign buyers’ for these high-rise boxes, townhouses, duplex … more fridges, washing machines to fly off the floor … and more tolls to be paid …

AS it becomes more difficult for Australians to keep or get jobs POST the Wuhan Pandemic of the CoronaVirus

IT makes a lota sense to the Top End of Town …

Protecting Your Suburban Environment spokeswoman Jan Primrose said the damage this development will cause to the Blue Gum High Forest and the Cumberland State Forest will be “irreversible”.

Demolishing an employment precinct capable of carrying over 2,000 people for the sake of 300 short term jobs with no ongoing employment does not make economic or social sense.”

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CAAN Photo: 21 June 2020

READ MORE!

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/covid19-fasttrack-development-all-tranche-two-western-sydney-approved-projects-revealed/news-story/3706c8950d87f78f666dd7ebbb905608

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CAAN Photos at 21 June 2020

A Certifier’s Response to … ‘The Certifier of the Tower deemed to be the Worst Development in Sydney is under Investigation!’

WE are all aware that there are some Certifiers who have worked in cahoots with dodgy developers, however, they should not all be tarred with the same brush!

CAAN shares this response from Steven to this article issued on CAAN about the Certifier under investigation regarding the high-rise development in Auburn.

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2020/06/18/the-certifier-of-the-tower-deemed-to-be-the-worst-development-in-sydney-is-under-investigation/?fbclid=IwAR2N1sYyW0CJEcuQrBCNVjibmHHa4lABPSjalDper5_benXKpdrsmFH7xBk

Steven wrote:

The issues at this site are not the Certifiers doing, they are the dodgy builder and his dodgy sub contractors doings. Being under investigation does not mean being guilty.

When is the Government going to focus on the developer/builder instead of over regulating the regulator?

Certifiers can get fines of up to 200K and be tarnished through the media whilst these inept developer/builders continually get away with the same ‘shit’, and aren’t subject to fines or reprimands.

CAAN:  We wrote in the text to our intro: ‘Was Mr Storer employed by the developer, and if so, did the developer exert pressure upon the Certifier to issue the occupation certificate?

Following which Merhis was able to get customers who had bought apartments off the plan to settle!

In which case it would seem the developer ought be under investigation!’

Steven:  It’s not so much a matter of whether the developers exert pressure on Certifiers or not because most times Certifiers don’t even deal with the developer directly and more so deal with the principle contractor/builder.

The big issue is unskilled labour and poor workmanship by tradies and builders working to stupid time frames and not quality controlling their trades.

It’s not the Certifiers role to ensure quality control and we get wrapped into these messes because certain tradies and builders don’t give an F!

You can do an online course and be a builder or PM in 12 months!

You don’t need a licence or any qualification to install fire doors, fire seals, build fire walls, fire rate floors, columns etc, etc

But yet there is an expectation that Certifiers should be responsible for these imb.ciles and their lack of knowledge. We are constantly fighting with tradies regarding these issues (which is not our role).

For your info, to be an A1 Certifier you need a minimum of 6 years study and 8-10 years in the industry.

Our minimum PI insurance policies are circa 200+ pa.

On the flip side, to install a fire door to your apartment, the tradie needs a chisel, a drill, a tool bag, no licence, qualifications or insurance!

Why and how do we have a system where this is permissible?

Why is it that this Certifier is likely to now get fined for poor workmanship by tradies and the builder? Yet the tradies probably won’t even know about it, and be currently installing the same shit on the next apartment.

You want to fix the problem, start fining and reprimanding builders and tradies for unskilled and poor workmanship, and watch the quality of work surprisingly increase!

NSW is going to be left with no Certifiers willing to work in residential apartments very soon. Already 70% of Certifiers refuse to touch it,  and in that 70% sits the top end of town.

This Certifier is being tarnished because the SMH just like every other news outlet thrives on shock media. Why don’t they focus on the builder and his tradies?

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The apartment block at 93 Auburn Road has significant building defects.
The apartment block at 93 Auburn Road has significant building defects.CREDIT:RHETT WYMAN

The Certifier of the Tower deemed to be the Worst Development in Sydney is under investigation

The apartment block at 93 Auburn Road has significant building defects.
The apartment block at 93 Auburn Road has significant building defects.CREDIT:RHETT WYMAN

Jason Storer, the Certifier who issued an interim occupation certificate for the Merhis Auburn Tower is under investigation. 

Was Mr Storer employed by the developer, and if so, did the developer exert pressure upon the Certifier to issue the occupation certificate?

Following which Merhis was able to get customers who had bought apartments off the plan to settle!

In which case it would seem the developer ought be under investigation!

MEANWHILE the Fair Trading investigation into Maurice Freixas who issued an occupation certificate for Peak Towers, the apartment building next to the Mascot Towers which the owners allege was the cause of the cracking in the Mascot Towers.

The Commissioner will be able to withhold occupation certificates so builders or developers will not be able to force buyers to settle on properties with defects.

If a buyer has taken a bank loan can they obtain insurance so that they are not forced in a predicament like this to either lose their deposit or buy and hope for the best?

Now that this development is under investigation what does that mean for the protection of the buyers investments?

READ MORE!

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/certifier-of-sydney-s-worst-tower-for-defects-under-investigation-20200614-p552ct.html

A 16-Storey Auburn Apartment Tower nominated as the Worst for Defects opening the way for an Industry Shake-Up

CAN you believe it … that this is the worst? …

When they are everywhere!

NO doubt David Chandler has seen as bad if not worse …

DID the Commissioner have to back off from referring those who it seems have been instrumental in planning law changes in NSW?

WE know they hold the reins with their annointed one from the Property Council in Canberra … he who wrote their policy before entering politics …

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Property_Council_of_Australia

SERIOUSLY … how can the Commissioner cut through?

IS this about NSW INC appearing to clean up the industry?

Focusing on a 16-storey Auburn apartment building full of fire hazards and defects months after owners and tenants moved in … when Sydney Precincts are riddled with defects

WHY has NSW INC delayed the powers of the NSW Building Commissioner until 1 September?

THE Commissioner visited this development by Merhis in October last year … at the urging of Fire and Rescue NSW because only one of its two lifts worked and it failed to meet fire safety, structural, and waterproofing standards!

IS the delay due to give this Cohort time to address (to fudge) issues?  Because the Commissioner will be returning to this Merhis development on 1 September …

DESPITE this Merhis … not unlike his mates … describes the buildings as ‘architectural landmarks of the finest standard’…

HOWEVER, the Commissioner has managed to get the new laws passed whereby with developments less than 10 years old owners can now sue those responsible for the defects.

-occupation certificates can be withheld

A further three orders were issued by the council with concerns about construction integrity.  When the Commissioner had found a lift shaft so far out of plumb the installers were unable to find a vertical pathway for the lift.  A layer of concrete was removed to make the lift fit but they had to resort to installing a smaller lift!

Yet the builder/developer claimed that many were latent defects or caused by extreme weather events or damage by tenants …

READ MORE!

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-s-worst-apartment-tower-for-defects-forces-industry-shake-up-20200609-p550vi.html#comments

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The Auburn apartment tower the building commissioner has named as 'probably the worst' he has seen.
The Auburn apartment tower the building commissioner has named as ‘probably the worst’ he has seen. CREDIT:KATE GERAGHTY