19 Dec The year in focus
The year in focus
As the year draws to a close, I reflect on the fact that it’s been a big year for the strata sector and at Hartley’s Body Corporate Management also.
This year there’s been a greater focus on Queensland’s strata reform, positive changes in cladding laws and an overall increase in the number of people choosing the strata lifestyle.
These changes and reforms have a positive effect on the sector as they give those who live and work in strata a greater voice and focus the attention of the Government on the unique needs of our fellow strata dwellers.
On a personal note, it’s been my pleasure to serve as the SCA Queensland’s President over the last decade representing consumer rights in this role. As I move on to a new capacity within the SCA, I’m confident that the needs of the strata community will continue to be well represented in 2020 and beyond.
This year it’s been my honour to continue leading the team at Hartley’s Body Corporate Management as we serve our customers in a professional, efficient and proactive way.
The team and I would like to say thank you for a great year and to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous new year.
Simon Barnard is the Managing Director and Principal of Hartley’s Body Corporate Management which is a medium sized strata firm established in 2004 at Sherwood and now operating out of Graceville, Newstead, North Lakes and Bribie Island. Simon recently completed his 10th year on the Board of Strata Community Australia (QLD) 7 of these as President, has been recognised for his service to the industry with a fellowship of the organisation and Life Membership and now serves in an Advocacy Consultant for the SCA (QLD)
Simon also is a past board member on the SCA National Board and is engaged at an International level through many consultative groups and associations. He meets regularly with the Industry Stakeholders group which is convened by the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management and the Office of the Attorney General and actively engages at all levels of government.
Simon has recently been invited to represent the Strata industry on the QLD Government Ministerial Housing Consultative Committee tasked with advising on developing and delivering quality housing outcomes for people and communities. His contributions at an International, National and State level involve working with key stakeholders and government to ensure lot owners, industry employees, suppliers and Bodies Corporate needs are addressed through Government policy reform, education and training.