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STRATA LEADERS SUPPORT UDIA PUSH FOR GREENER BRISBANE ROOFTOPS

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Sunday 3 November, 2019

STRATA LEADERS SUPPORT UDIA PUSH FOR GREENER BRISBANE ROOFTOPS

PEAK STRATA BODY APPLAUDS AMENDMENT TO CITY PLAN THAT WILL PROMOTE MORE ROOFTOP GARDENS ON APARTMENT BUILDINGS

UNDER NEW CITY PLAN ROOFTOP GARDENS WILL NO LONGER COUNT AS A STOREY

Brisbane inner city rooftops are going green and one of the state’s peak property groups is in full support.

The peak body for more than 1.2million Queenslanders who live in apartments, units, townhouses and other strata titled property has applauded an amendment to the Brisbane City Plan that seeks to change the definition of a storey, as a result of advocacy efforts by the UDIA Qld.

The Urban Development Institute of Australia in Queensland has lobbied council and State Government officials since late 2017 and the amendment proposed by Brisbane City Council will now be considered by the Queensland Government.

Strata Community Association (Qld) says this proposed change to the Brisbane City Plan will have far-reaching benefits for strata communities, creating more green rooftop spaces in high density areas in and around Brisbane.

SCA (Qld) President James Nickless says, “Before the Brisbane City Council voted to change the definition of a storey, improvements such as rooftop gardens and other rooftop amenities were often not possible because they counted as another storey, which impacted yield.

“In addition to weighing up the costs, bodies corporate in Brisbane also faced the lengthy process involved with impact assessable development applications, which further discouraged the delivery of rooftop amenities like pools and green rooftop spaces.

“The amendment to the Brisbane City Plan not only makes the delivery of green rooftop spaces more financially viable for strata communities, rooftop amenities have also been shown to increase saleability, making strata buildings more desirable to buyers and investors.”

According to ABS data, since 2000, an estimated 143,704 new apartments have been built in Queensland and approximately 52% are in Brisbane alone.

“The opportunity to use these high-rise rooftops also serves the wider Brisbane community. Green spaces in high density areas, like the Brisbane CBD, are visually appealing and the impact of trees and mature plants on wellbeing are well documented.

“We’re encouraged by the Brisbane City Council’s vote to change the definition of a storey and we recognise the advocacy efforts of the UDIA Qld in bringing about this positive step towards a greener Brisbane skyline.

“We’re hopeful the Queensland Government will adopt the changed definition in the Queensland Planning Regulations and support the delivery of more green strata communities for Brisbane residents.”

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About Strata Community Association

Strata Community Association Limited (SCA) is the peak industry body for Body Corporate and Community Title Management in Australia & New Zealand. Membership includes body corporate managers, support staff, committee members and suppliers of products and services to the industry. SCA proudly fulfils the dual roles of a professional institute and consumer advocate.

SCA has in excess of 3,300 members who help oversee, advise or manage a combined property portfolio with an estimated replacement value of over $1.2 trillion. Website: http://stratacommunity.org.au/

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