August 2014

Welcome

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Only last week Melbourne was voted both the most liveable and the friendliest City in the World, including receiving 100% in areas of healthcare, education, sport and infrastructure!

So get out and explore what Melbourne has to offer this Spring!

Even more exciting than an award is that with a new season, comes the next instalment of The Knight Alliance Newsletter!

In this edition we discuss recycling of plastics, introduce a staff member, discuss our newly designed Member Log In Area, and how to join the committee of your Owners Corporation.

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NEW: Member Log In Upgrade

sign-upIf you have visited our Member Log In area recently, you will have seen that it has a new design! So don’t delay, have a look and sign up today by clicking here.

The Member Log In allows you to access extensive information relating to your Owners Corporation including the ability to view Agendas / Minutes, a real time transaction history, a statement of your account, insurance documents and rules for your property along with updating your personal details and choosing how you would like to receive documents.

We would encourage you to utilise this service and sign up for correspondence to be sent via email to reduce the cost to your Owners Corporation.

FAQ

owners corporationHow do I become involved in making decisions that relate to my Owners

Corporation?

An Owners Corporation Committee of Management (Committee) typically makes the majority of decisions that affect an Owners Corporation.

This is because the Committee is often delegated all of the powers and functions that may be exercised by the Owners Corporation with the exception of a power or function that requires a unanimous resolution, a special resolution or a resolution at a general meeting. Certain powers and functions can be delegated to others including the Manager, Chairperson and Lot Owners. Section 11 of the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (‘Act’) attends to this matter of delegation.

If you want to become involved in making decisions relating to your Owners Corporation you should therefore look to join the Owners Corporation Committee. It is a requirement of the ‘Act’ that an Owners Corporation that has more than 12 Lots on its Plan of Subdivision must elect a Committee, represented by at least 3 and not more than 12 members, at every Annual General Meeting. Notwithstanding it is The Knight Alliance’s recommendation that every Owners Corporation should elect a Committee of Management.

To be eligible to nominate for election as a member of the Committee you must be a Lot owner or a proxy for a Lot owner. To nominate for the Committee you can do so in writing prior to the Annual General Meeting or in person at the meeting. To be elected onto the Committee you must receive a majority of votes of those lot owners represented at the meeting.

A Committee can make decisions (a.k.a. ‘resolutions’) either by ballot or at formal committee meetings. There is no requirement for a Committee to meet however should there be ongoing issues that need to be dealt with a Committee meeting is usually the best method to get these issues resolved. The Committee determines how often they wish to meet and ballots are generally conducted via email in accordance with the Electronic Transactions (Vic) Act 2000.

If you are considering joining the Committee it is recommended that you ensure you have the availability to attend meetings, take part in ballots and communicate with other Committee Members.

If you choose not to become a Committee Member however still want to be involved you may wish to become a member of a sub-committee should the Committee choose to appoint a sub-committee to deal with a particular matter.

If you are not interested in wanting to be involved in the decision making process but would like to raise a matter to be considered by the Committee or Owners Corporation then this can be done by either issuing correspondence to the Committee via the Owners Corporation Manager or raising a matter under other business at the Annual General Meeting.

Recycling Plastic

victoria body corporateWhat plastics can be recycled and where?

One easy and quick test you can perform is the “scrunch test”, this immediately tells you which bin to put that plastic in.
If you can scrunch your plastic product and completely destroy its structure, like a plastic bag, it belongs in the general waste bin. However if the product maintains its structural integrity, like a plastic bottle, you can recycle it.

All of the following items and more can go in the usual City of Melbourne recycle bin:

  • Shampoo Bottles
  • Take-away food containers
  • Yoghurt Tubs
  • Butter and ice-cream containers
  • Lids from take-away coffee cups
  • Biscuit trays
  • Juice and milk Cartons
  • Cleaning and detergent bottles.

To keep scrunchable plastic bags and soft plastic packaging out of landfill, you can avoid collecting them, reuse them and also now take them to major supermarkets to be recycled too.

What’s On In Melbourne

victoria body corporateMelbourne has so much to offer in Spring, see some of the best events on the calendar below.

For more details visit (Whats on in melbourne)

Arts

1st-12th September: Annual and Awards Sculpture Exhibition @ 120 Collins Street.
The annual exhibition of the Association of Sculptors returns to the city with an exciting display of recent sculptures.

3rd – 27th September: Tom Evangelidis Façade Exhibition @ Edmund Pearce Gallery.
See an architectural photography exhibition of work shot over a period of 10 years by renowned interior and architecture photographer Tom Evangelidis.

4th – 12th September: Attend the Environmental Film Festival at the Kino Cinema for groundbreaking films that challenge the way you think about the natural world.

1st September – 26th October: Dreamworks Animation – The Exhibition. Visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to discover the creativity behind 20 years of beloved DreamWorks animated films in the studio’s first ever international exhibition.

Sport

27th September: AFL Grand Final MCG.
The AFL grand final offers sheer atmosphere and excitement and is a truly unique Australian experience.

19th October: Bupa Around the Bay
Bupa Around the Bay – Ride for a Child in Need is Australia’s largest one-day bike ride.

1st – 8th November: Melbourne Cup Carnival
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a world-class event that encompasses the finest racing, entertainment, fashion, culture, food and wine at Flemington.

Expos & Trade Shows

6th September: Educational Photo Expo at Victoria University.
Eleven seminars, four workshops and exhibitors will cover both the art of photography and how to enhance and display your photos.

3rd – 5th October: Cake Bake & Sweets Show @ Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Whether you are a foodie, home baker or cake decorator, this show is Australia’s biggest event dedicated to everything baking!

11th & 12th October: Gluten Free Expo and Conference @ Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
At the Gluten Free Expo you can discover, taste, sample and buy with more than 80 exhibitors showcasing the latest gluten free foods.

Food & Wine Festivals

20th & 21st September: Oktoberfest @ Hophaus Bier Bar Grill
Oktoberfest in Melbourne will never be the same again, as Hophaus brings a splash of German beer and culture to Southbank.

4th – 5th September: Flavour Exchange @ Federation Square.
Celebrate the flavours of each incoming season at Fed Square’s quarterly tasting event.

Music

3rd September: Boy & Bear at The Palais

4th October: Listen Out 2014 at Observatory Precinct