Mascot Towers saga a sorry reminder to keep strata records

24/06/2022 8:28:00 AM

The data hub set up by Service NSW to gather information about strata schemes is controversial but would help avoid missing paper trails in the future.

The data hub set up by Service NSW to gather information about strata schemes is controversial but would help avoid missing paper trails in the future.

The data hub set up by Service NSW to gather information about strata schemes is controversial but would help avoid missing paper trails in the future.

As the NSW government cranks up an investigation into what led to theDominic LorrimerMascot Towers was approved under the former City of Botany Bay Council, which was merged with Rockdale Council in 2016 amid allegations of embezzlement or misappropriation of more than $5 million of taxpayer funds by a number of council employees.

And now the paper trail that might have revealed crucial details about the incident has ended in a lost file, or perhaps maybe even a document shredder.privacy-conscious strata committee office-bearers quittingIn the middle of this data maze, is a request for the date the block was given a certificate of occupation.

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to save article Share As if the former residents of Mascot Towers in Sydney weren’t doing it tough enough, last month they received another blow, and it’s one that smacks of local government incompetence, with maybe even a lingering whiff of past potential corruption.to save articles for later.Tamica Mullaley and her father, Ted Mullaley, were arrested and charged by police who were called to assist Tamica in an assault by her partner..

As the NSW government cranks up an investigation into what led to the of the 10-storey, 132-apartment block, it has emerged that vital documents relating to the approvals for the building have gone missing. Mascot Towers residents were evacuated three years ago. After Tuesday’s regular meeting of the watchdog’s oversight body — the parliamentary crime and corruption committee — was postponed, none of the four Labor government members appeared at the rescheduled time on Thursday morning. Dominic Lorrimer It’s hard to tell the significance of these missing Mascot papers, but their absence can’t make the fight for justice and restitution any easier for the owners who woke up one morning in June 2019 to find their relatively new block was sagging and cracking.44 BST Last modified on Wed 22 Jun 2022 07. It has stood empty since the day they were told to get out and stay out. Credit: Tertius Pickard After suspending the meeting for 15 minutes to wait for Labor MPs Jonty Bush, Jennifer Howard, Don Brown and Jess Pugh, and still without a quorum, LNP committee chair Jon Krause was forced to adjourn. Mascot Towers was approved under the former City of Botany Bay Council, which was merged with Rockdale Council in 2016 amid allegations of embezzlement or misappropriation of more than $5 million of taxpayer funds by a number of council employees.

Advertisement In 2017 the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) found Botany’s former chief financial officer Gary Goodman guilty of corruption over the missing cash. “Look, it’s an extraordinary move and shows, obviously, the lengths that they will go to to avoid disclosing information that obviously is embarrassing for the government,” Krause told reporters outside the abandoned meeting just before 9am. Tamica Mullaley was pardoned for resisting arrest and Ted Mullaley for obstructing arrest, charges they received that day while enduring “the unthinkable”, Quigley said. He died later that year. And now the paper trail that might have revealed crucial details about the incident has ended in a lost file, or perhaps maybe even a document shredder. It was a question on notice, asked in public. Controversial data capture All of which brings us to the controversial data hub set up by Service NSW to gather a heap of information about strata schemes in the state – a plan which, as we have previously discussed might lead to privacy-conscious strata committee office-bearers quitting . It is so exceptional that I could not find a case in modern Western Australian history, where pardons of this nature have been granted. But there is a positive side to the hub. Queensland parliamentary crime and corruption committee chair, LNP MP Jon Krause.

It is designed to hoover up an apparently broad and largely mundane set of facts blocks, from the strata plan numbers, to the number of homes and storeys above ground level in the apartment block. In the middle of this data maze, is a request for the date the block was given a certificate of occupation.” Questioned on the absence by reporters on parliament grounds 30 minutes later, before the start of the sitting day, Bush said Labor members had other appointments and “that was made known last night”. “For that I am truly sorry. Advertisement This is a critical document in the life of a strata plan because until that is issued, owners can’t move in, so developers can’t complete sales. This is one of the documents thought to be missing in the Mascot fiasco. Loading “[We’re] very happy to work with the committee of course and work with them on getting some future dates up and keep the work progressing. At the very least the NSW Hub, which comes into effect at the end of this month, will force strata schemes – and their managers if they are so requested – to hunt these documents down. Photograph: Facebook The Mullaley family welcomed the apology and their pardons as the start of healing for their “unbearable” loss of baby Charlie, and their treatment at the hands of police.

Had the Mascot Towers owners sought the documents earlier, they might not have disappeared into the bureaucratic sinkhole that’s created when incompetence and corruption collide. Mount Ommaney MP Pugh and Brown, the member for Capalaba and government whip, were present for the opening of parliament at 9. So what does this mean for all the other states and territories that don’t have a data hub? In the short term, not a lot. But taking a big-picture view, knowing exactly what all your essential documents include, and where they are, is as essential to strata schemes as passports and driving licenses are to individuals. The CCC has written to the parliamentary body, made up of four Labor MPs and three LNP members, with an already redacted letter responding to questions taken on notice at an earlier meeting about the anti-corruption body’s court costs in the case with Trad. It never goes away, but today’s pardon and the statements in parliament are a turning point and perhaps me and my family can start to heal from now. Advertisement You don’t need them every day, or even every year, but you do want to know where they are in case you do need them. To that end, there are companies just an internet search away that will take all your essential records, including committee and AGM agendas and minutes, and digitise them.

This will not only make your essential records searchable, it will render them undeletable. Photograph: David Dare Parker In March 2013, then 26-year-old Tamica Mullaley was punched, and left naked and bleeding by the side of the road in Broome by her violent partner, Bell. They haven’t yet invented a shredder that can “accidentally” erase material that’s stored on the cloud as well as on a number of hard drives. edits the strata living advice website flat-chat.com. When Ted Mullaley arrived to help his daughter, he was charged with obstructing arrest.au and hosts the Flat Chat Wrap podcast.

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