Life at Loralea Gardens - Residents Newsletter No. 2
The plan was not to write to you so soon, but several matters have come up that you may be interested in
If you are an owner, you now own slightly more of Loralea Gardens than you did before the Corporation
purchased Lot 169, the Building Management Office and Concierge Desk, from Meriton. Settlement of the
purchase of the Lot for $81,000 (plus GST) took place on the 21/8/20, however there were certain legal and
Council hurdles to be taken and paid for before the Lot could be absorbed into LG’s Common Property.
Meriton as the developer of LG had built and retained ownership of Lot 169 and when they lost the BM contract
in 2019, they locked their office and desk area despite the Committee offering to lease them. They agreed to
give access to our security cameras and tag controller on 24 hours’ notice, but this proved unsatisfactory. We
investigated the cost of building our own office and moving the security system and cameras, but it was
prohibitive. Security rounds were increased, and a desk set up in the foyer for both BM and Security to use.
The Committee activated the option of first refusal in the Building Management contract to purchase Lot 169
from Meriton and began negotiation on price from the $143,000 (incl GST) that they wanted. Thankfully this
is all history now and the office has been in use since we took possession under licence before settlement
completed. The treasurer reported at the last SCM that all payments were completed.
The Strata Manager received the NSW Certificate of Title late October incorporating the parcel into the
Common Property of Strata Plan 81382. So, congratulations to all owners on your recent – very small – part of
There was a vote taken at the SCM regarding opening the gym and pool facilities which was lost 3 to 5 votes
and it was unanimously agreed to put the issue to owners at the next EGM. So, for those of you looking for a
Covid-19 safe outdoor pool to enjoy over the holiday period, the 2 closest municipal pools are at West Pymble
or Hornsby. The Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre has both a gym and pool complex and is open Monday
to Friday from 5.30am to 9pm and Saturday & Sunday 7am – 6pm. Hornsby Aquatic & Leisure Centre is open
Monday to Thursday 5.30am – 7.45pm and Friday 5.30am to 6.45pm, Saturday 7am – 6.45pm and Sunday 7am
to 1pm. Lap lanes have restricted numbers but there are kiddies pools for free play. Both will be running swim
classes and holiday activities for children.
Safer still during the new ‘Covid normal’ is the beach. My favourite is Balmoral Beach in Middle Harbour, which
is a picturesque, sheltered beach in Mosman, ideal for families or the serious ocean swimmer who doesn’t
want surf. There are lots of places to picnic, dine out or visit one of Sydney’s best fish shops, before strolling
the beach long promenade or Rocky Point Island which divides Balmoral from Edwards Beach, but they really
form one long beach. Parking, like most Sydney beaches is metered but plentiful. I grew up there so the
recommendation is firsthand. Those who prefer to surf will find excellent beaches from Mona Vale Beach to
Palm Beach and many of these beaches also have ocean pools where the water is refreshed with each tide.
There were several renovation applications approved at the last SCM. If you are having work done, it might be
an idea to warn your neighbours to expect some noise before work begins and keep them onside while you
St Ives Village Centre have advised that they will be having Santa photos this year from Saturday 28 November
until Xmas Eve, but no walk ups are allowed, and bookings are essential to comply with their Covid plan. Visit
stivesvillage.com.au for times and packages available. Unbelievably they are also offering times to have your
pets photographed, I assume with the family: December 3rd, 10th and 17th between 3.30 – 7.30pm! Bookings
Ku-ring-gai Library have put out their Christmas and New Year opening hours for 2020 -2021 on a bookmark
you can collect from the library on your next visit. The Gordon branch will be open a few more days than the
Turramurra, St Ives and Lindfield branches for those staying at home between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve
and in need of some holiday reading, music or film.
The Rotary Club’s annual Tree of Joy is in the shopping Centre until December 20th. Choose a card from a
senior – all genders and nationalities – in a nursing or veteran’s home, buy the suggested gift and wrap and
return it. Give some joy this year to someone in need of feeling someone cared.
By-Laws on the Loralea Gardens Website
If you are planning a party or visitors to stay over the holiday period, not only must you conform to the NSW
Health Covid -19 regulations but do be aware that Loralea Gardens By-Laws also apply. You can log onto the
website and read the By-laws there once you go to the menu list.
By-law 36 covers Visitor Parking rules.
If you have visitors who will be staying for a while with you during the holiday period, remember that
you must get a Loralea Extended Stay Visitor Parking Permit. This permit is available from the Building
Manager and will detail your visitor’s car rego and the end date of their stay. It must be displayed in
the car so that Security knows that they are parked in visitor parking legitimately for an extended
period not just overnight.
By-law 37 covers the Entertaining Code of Conduct.
Not only the State Government has regulations to limit the number of party guests, but the size of
your unit also specifies how many guests you may entertain. You must also abide by the Noise Control
(Municipal Council regulations apply) and the visitor parking parts of this by-law to avoid problems
Do enjoy the colour and fragrance of the gardens. Around the garden the white flowers of the Gardenias are
bursting into bloom and perfuming the air as is the Star Jasmine. At the start of the swale the yellow Gazania
plants are as bright as the sun they love and even the Blue Berry Ash are blooming.
Right now, the Jacaranda Trees around LG are spectacular.
The Committee, the Strata Manager, Lee Stroud, the Building Manager, Tony Synold wish all residents a very
happy and healthy holiday period. Stay safe to see the end of this difficult year and to welcome 2021.
Secretary of the Strata Committee
Loralea Gardens Owners Corporation.