OCN Seminar: Buying a New Apartment | Owners Corporation Network

OCN Seminar: Buying a New Apartment

The focus of this seminar was to inform prospective purchasers of the pros and cons of buying off the plan or into a newly constructed building.  Expert speakers included a strata lawyer, building expert, strata manager, finance expert and the audience also heard from an OCN member who had bought off the plan.  All good resource material for people considering this important purchase.






Richard Gration has been an executive committee member in his Landmark – Harry Seidler – apartment building for 10 years, including a year as Secretary and six years as Chairman.   He believes in and encourages active owner involvement in the decision-making and management of the scheme’s annual budget of nearly $3 million.

With strata living becoming an increasingly popular choice for people around Australia, Richard believes that we need to ensure owners have the appropriate knowledge and information available to them to get the full benefit and enjoyment of living in a strata community.  That process begins with making sure owners know exactly what it is that they are buying.

By day, Richard is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation and strata law.   He knows all too well the difficulties owners and owners corporations face in disputes against experienced and well-resourced developers, builders, insurers, strata managers, caretakers and owners.



Suzie Broome leads the Strata and Community Title legal practice at Makinson & d’Apice with Beverley Hoskinson-Green.    She began her career as a senior Commonwealth public servant in a number of departments and during that Federal employment Suzie was involved in significant government enquiries making her well versed in navigating her way around bureaucracies at Local, State and Federal levels.

After an appearance in the Industrial Relations Commission in early 1998 while representing an owners corporation Suzie realised that strata law was in fact a complex, challenging and varied area of practice.   Suzie brings highly developed strategic thinking to strata and community scheme disputes particularly in circumstances where local councils and government departments are involved.

Suzie holds post graduate qualifications in international and administrative law and advises on complex strata law, building defects and community title matters for owners, owners corporations and strata managers and runs all matters requiring advocacy in the CTTT, Local District and Supreme Courts. 



Liza Perera is a strata owner speaking of her own experience and with her own professional financial industry background.   She will speak of what it means to be an owner, an occupier or an investor from a financial perspective – and what this might mean to you when buying new or off the plan.



Group Managing Director of the Integrated Consultancy Group of Companies Chris Mo’ane has over 35 years of experience with the construction and strata sectors and has held positions on several government corporation boards including the Construction industry training advisory board NSW.  He is proud of the fact that Integrated continues to maintain the highest levels of service delivery, is a leader in the fields of engineering, building consultancy, contracts administration, along with other core services to the strata, construction and government sectors and remains at the forefront in developing new systems and procedures in the Strata Title area.

As well as the entrepreneurial spirit for which he is so well known and his commitment to Corporate Governance Chris and the Integrated Consultancy Group of Companies have helped to design and construct a 100 bed orphanage in Sri Lanka following the tsunami which devastated the Asia Pacific region.   They continue to assist with ongoing costs of the orphanage.



Matilda works in the New Business team at Dynamic Property Services.   Since joining the company in 2006, Matilda’s focus has been on prestige residential and complex mixed development properties.   These have included The New Rouse Hill, Lumiere/Regent Place, Sydney Wharf, The Village, Balgowlah and Central Park.    Matilda’s contribution continues until such time as management of a project vests in the new owners and an ongoing Dynamic manager is appointed.

Matilda has also been involved in the transition management of existing properties that move to Dynamic and to ensure stringent quality is maintained at all times.  Schemes that have transitioned to Dynamic through Matilda have included Ranelagh, St Vincent’s Clinic, Paddington Green and St Margaret’s.   Matilda has also been involved in the management of two schemes where Dynamic was appointed by CTTT order.


What Members Say

"The whole strata community owes a huge debt of gratitude to you and the OCN executive. Much appreciated."

Robert, Darlinghurst

"I am very pleased with my membership of OCN, the discussions through sharing emails is very valuable in increasing my knowledge of strata living, the laws and EC responsibilities. I think I am better armed to tread the minefield of the managing agent responsibilities and the necessary action of the EC to monitor the contradictory interests of the agent."

Jim, Wollstonecraft

"I so appreciate being part of the OCN email forum. It provides a great opportunity for sharing ideas and learning"

Ingrid, Neutral Bay

"I must say that I have enjoyed and found consolation in the discussions that have been part of the email chain (forum). I did attend one general meeting and found that it was informative and the people "running the show" were knowledgeable and dedicated to the tasks that had taken on. In short, well done. You and the committee have and continue to support the Strata Community in a very professional manner."

Greg, Parramatta

"Nothing is easy in Strata World and we have been in building defects “mode” for some years – hopefully almost at an end but that process has been most demanding and difficult but again – greatly helped by the experience and wise counsel of other members of OCN."

Pat, St Leonards

"Keep up the good work, as many (if not most) strata schemes need your help, advice and representation at all levels of government."

Jann and John, St Ives

"I belong to OCN because of its professionalism.  I have found the meetings I have been to extremely well presented, to the point, and of course very topical and informative. Speakers on the whole certainly know their topic.  My role of Secretary last year was certainly assisted with the coverage regarding TPG & other subjects. Member newsletters are also of benefit as the topics are specific to strata matters."

Graham, East Balmain

I have enjoyed attending the quarterly OCN meetings and the exchange of emails between other Executive Committee Members and think OCN is playing an increasingly important role as a voice for strata dwellers and representing us at Government level. I wish the organisation continuing success in the future."

Pauline, Kings Cross

"The [forum] response to my question was amazing and really useful.  The OCN community is wonderful so thanks."

Jenny, Killara

"I would like to thank you all for the important effort that you are all putting in to look after apartment owners and tenants. It is so valuable and you are heroes. I would not have been able to deal with my duties as a strata chairman without your advice and assistance." 

Angela, Mascot

"The OCN is invaluable – many thanks."

Bill, Surry Hills

"OCN is proving invaluable"

Sue, Neutral Bay

"Thanks to all at OCN for your continuing efforts to keep us up to date with current strata information and advice...it has been very helpful to us"

Kate, Coogee

"When my wife & I first encountered a problematic Executive Committee I heard that OCN was a great help (from a Strata manager whom I knew) so we both joined and have gratefully used the on-line information sources. We continued to happily rely on OCN’s assistance when we progressed to Committee status & later as Chair & Secretary of our Committee. I still use OCN in my current role as Treasurer."

Peter, Chiswick

"Thanks to OCN for being such a rich resource of trustworthy information about strata matters."

Peter, Chiswick

"I wanted to extend my personal thanks for the very informative & interesting event today. The OCN team did an outstanding job in the organisation of this event & I enjoyed it thoroughly. The quality of speakers, the flow of conversation & interaction from the attendees - first class …& of course, the amazing Jimmy T - always a delight."

Sue, Epping

"OCN does a great job in providing a really valuable service to Strata owners."

Lois, Wollongong

"I am sure my appreciation of your good works is echoed by many in the Stratasphere. Keep up the good work."

John, Elizabeth Bay

"The OCN is probably one of the best, most informed and most informative groups I have been involved with."

Alan, Maryville

"Once again, being able to discuss such things through this forum, helps clear the mind, puts things into perspective and helps one to understand their rights and to form a strategy if needs be. As a simple EC member trying to do what is in the best interests of lot owners, I truly value OCN and am grateful."

Pamela, Point Lookout