Strata Choice Annual Conference 2016

The Annual Strata Choice Conference and Awards Dinner was held earlier this month and what a day it was! We kicked off the day at the Four Points by Sheraton in Darling Harbour and throughout the day explored the concept of Tomorrow’s Communities through the lenses of people, legislation, the environment, and buildings. We had an all star line up of presenters leading us through the topics, including Catherine Lezer, Director of SCA NSW and Stephen Albin, CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW.

The day began with Dr Hazel Easthope, a Senior Research Fellow at the City Futures Research Centre UNSW, who led us through the evolution of strata and left us with a new perspective on the industry. Next was James Freestun of Solutions in Engineering, joined by a panel of expert lawyers, David Bannerman of Bannermans Lawyers, Colin Grace of Grace Lawyers and David Le Page of Le Page Lawyers, and we weaved through the intricate web of strata legislation. Catherine Lezer took the stage next and we picked up some valuable tips on how to make our homes more efficient and sustainable. Stephen Albin then led a discussion with Ralph Kress of Impact Group, and Nick Tobin from Aqualand, where we discovered what the buildings of tomorrow will be like.

The afternoon saw everyone team up for a flat-pack-challenge, where we assembled furniture that would be donated through our charity partner, Habitat for Humanity, to newly settled refugee families. Like us, Habitat for Humanity Australia believes that a decent home provides much more than bricks and mortar. It provides hope for the future, gives families the opportunity to be healthier, happier and more secure, and leads to stronger communities that can grow and sustain themselves. All together we assembled a total of 52 pieces of furniture including beds, chairs, tables and wardrobes. Thank you to those who participated, you’ve made a real difference!

Later that evening, celebrations kicked off at the Annual Strata Choice Awards Dinner, held at Madame Tussauds in Darling Harbour. The Awards dinner is an opportunity for us to formally recognise and celebrate the incredible work of our employees. Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners!

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