Life at Loralea – Residents Newsletter No. 2

Life at Loralea – Residents Newsletter No. 2

Life at Loralea Gardens - Residents Newsletter No. 2

Dear Residents,

The plan was not to write to you so soon, but several matters have come up that you may be interested in

knowing.

Strata News

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

the acquisition.

 

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

renovate.

 

Community Corner

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

are essential.

 

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

with neighbours.

 

Garden Gab

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.

 

Robyn Whitfield

Secretary of the Strata Committee

Loralea Gardens Owners Corporation.