The focus of this seminar was to inform prospective purchasers of the pros and cons of buying into an older building.  Expert speakers included a strata lawyer, building expert, strata manager, finance expert and the audience also heard from an OCN member who is an experienced executive committee member.




Jimmy Thomson is a journalist, author and scriptwriter who writes the popular weekly newspaper
column Flat Chat on apartment living in the Sydney Morning Herald and has written two books on the
subject. The website and problem-solving forum flat-chat.com.au based on his newspaper column now
frequently attracts more than 1000 unique visitors per day. Jimmy is also a regular guest on radio and
TV answering questions about apartment living and is a popular speaker at conferences and seminars on
the subject.
Jimmy is also a successful author on topics as diverse as Australian Tunnel Rats in Vietnam, cricketer
Shane Watson and Kings Cross Criminals as well as the creator of three TV drama series. He was born
in Scotland and has for the past 24 years lived in Sydney, almost entirely in strata, where he has been a
tenant, an owner-occupier and investor and in the past had been both a member and Chair of Executive
Suzie Broome leads the Strata and Community Title legal practice at Makinson and 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 with a professional financial industry background speaking of her
experiences in apartment living.. She will speak today 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 an older
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.
Chairman and founding Managing Director of Dynamic Property Services Pty. Ltd, Wally is a highly
regarded industry leader. Recognised in 2003 with the ISTM President’s Award for his outstanding
contribution to the industry over many years, Wally is currently Chairman of the Strata and Community
Development Committee of the Urban Development Institute of Australia and a member of the NSW
government’s Strata Industry Working Group. He has held elected positions in both the NSW and
National professional associations including senior Vice President.
Wally was a founding member of the ISTM Benchmarking Trust Foundation, holds an Australian
Insurance Institute Diploma, Company Directors Diploma and has completed the ‘Essentials of
Community Association Management’ course in the United States. He has held a Strata Manager’s
licence since 1988 and a Real Estate Agent’s licence from 1968. Wally is a Foundation Fellow of the
Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Ingrid has extensive private sector, public sector and international experience as a manager and
consultant in organisational communications, change management, organisation design, staff surveys,
focus groups, executive development and performance management.
Ingrid has provided consultancy services to a range of clients in financial services, government, utilities,
agribusiness and retail sectors. She also spent many years directing AusAid courses in human resources
management for managers from the Pacific, Southeast Asia, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
In addition to an MBA, Ingrid has a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Arts and is
accredited in the Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Elliott Jaques’ Levels of Work Complexity and
Richard Barrett’s Cultural Transformation Tools.
On retiring Ingrid has applied her skills and experience to owners corporations and, variously as
Chairperson or Secretary, is driving major remediation and transformation programs at several older
strata apartment buildings.
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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