Friday, August 14, 2020

New Look

When we were members of the Body Corporate Committee for our building, the committee was very conservative. We left the committee in about 2008. About three years ago a coup happened where an ambitious person took over the committee and rolled the old guard. This was a good thing as there has been so many improvements to our building and at the age of about 22 years, it needed it.

I've shown these photos before but it was a while ago. This was set up by the old committee and it is good. Our recycling efforts are good but for some reason people miss the no plastic bags sign. If I see them, I pull them out and put them in the right place.




Big bins within this room, fire protected, for what goes down the rubbish chute.


Spare bins and telecommunications equipment.


The mail room with 128 letter boxes plus some. I've never heard of parcels being stolen and where they are left is covered by CCTV.


A lift notice, trying to make us appreciate that we are rich old fuckers comfortable in our lockdown. If you can afford to live here, you are doing ok. The only reason we can is we bought here about 19 years ago for the same price as we sold our Balaclava house. 


The rubbish chute with the entrance to meters and taps and communication cabling. 


But the new committee has had the the whole interior repainted, new Axminster (it will hide stains, even if we aren't keen on the pattern) laid on the floors. We have new modern font building numerals. Lighting was changed from halogen to LED. Information within the building is up to date. Our building manager is great and such a sexy and handsome Sri Lankan with a beautiful smile. Notices are changed often. We have our own building website. There is official parking enforcement now within the building with the ability to tow away offending cars. There has been a lot of re-caulking of areas where it was degraded. New gym equipment has been bought, sadly not able to be used yet. A full garden renovation happened. Self opening swing doors and a new security system along with a new intercom system.

Do I like the new committee members? Not really. A couple of them can be very challenging.  Do I respect them for their efforts? Oh yes. While the interior renovation is nearly complete aside from the ground floor lobby and lifts, the exterior needs to be repainted and that will take time.

This is a new photo selected by the Owners' Corporation beside our front door. It is Pelligrini's Coffee Bar. The principle and long term owner Sisto Malaspina was killed a couple of years ago when he intervened in a street incident. Very sad, but until COVID, the business went on.


Ground floor lobby, ready for a makeover.


Post office staff love this table, but it is so out of keeping with the rest of the building. I will mention it to someone at some time if it doesn't disappear. The pictures are all new.


Hand sanitising machines everywhere. I wish more people would use them.


Totally renovated and whether you or we like the new carpet or not, it has been a great job well done.

40 comments:

  1. It feels very towering inferno without the fire

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  2. Your amenities don't even compare in any way shape or form to our building. I must do a photo journey to amuse you.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, while ours compare nothing to Jackie's in Toronto. Yes, love to have a sticky nose at where you live.

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  3. I like seeing your condo-abode! Very nice. Sometimes change is good, sometimes change is bad. You sure do recycle a lot! But then, we do too. I have 6 containers in my kitchen (hidden) for just this purpose!

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    1. Maribeth, here we have definitions of condos and they have low ceilings. Our doesn't so it is an apartment. Of course I would not expect you to know. We try to recycle but it goes wrong once it all leaves the building.

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  4. It does look sleek - though I see what you mean about the mail table.
    How wonderful to be able to respect the committee for their efforts. Liking them would be a bonus, but doesn't effect the work they do.

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    1. EC, down to the finest detail the committee has done well. R is more conflicted than I am.

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  5. It's a pity so many signs need to be used to make people aware of what to do and what not to do. One would think by now...2020...people would know, but sadly that is not the case. So many signs and yet so many people still are unable to read/understand them.

    I'm raving a bit because I'm frustrated by the ignorant behaviour of some within our communities.

    I heard on the news earlier there is now a big problem with some people discarding their face masks, willy-nilly, everywhere...on footpaths, etc., etc.

    I do hope common sense and common decency soon come back into fashion!

    Take good care, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, no plastic bags is very obvious, yet I nearly always pull one out when I am down there. I won't say which type of resident here does that except you whistle and I will point north east of Australia. I think we have been wearing masks for four weeks now, and I have only seen four discarded masks, and none at all this last week.

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  6. I was over Washington the state just West of Idaho, and I would say good amount of the places had plenty of sanitizer station, which I greatly appreciate

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    1. Dora, that is good. It is so important to keep sanitising your hands.

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  7. My wife is in charge of recycling, and I'm in charge of burning paper and the compost. We make a good team.

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    1. Cro, we are not allowed to burn here but maybe in the countryside it is allowed.

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    2. I miss the "good old days" of backyard incinerators.

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  8. New younger blood is usually a good thing.

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    1. Strayer, the point has been proven.

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  9. You have a separate bin just for wine corks??? The building has its own website??
    Fancy, you are. (Yoda speak)
    That carpet might not be pretty, but it will hide a lot of scuffs and stains.

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    1. River, the wine cork bin is rather redundant now. Yes, re carpet and stains.

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  10. I was intrigued by the cork bin - how long would it take to fill. Or does a charity pop in occasionally to pick up.
    At least you know where your body corporate ( or whatever) is going and not just lying unused in some bank account.
    And following in from Lee’s comment - have they installed a ‘bin’ for disposable masks? I also saw a couple on one of the footpaths close to home

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    1. Cathy, I expect the cork bin would take a long time to fill now but it was good when first put in. Our used masks go into a plastic bag and then into the bin and then down the rubbish chute.

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  11. Well it looks very nice, it's tidy and clean and sing are positioned well...surly by now people can read or know where to put what in the bins - those that don't must be lazy or something.
    Take care.

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    1. Margaret, some just don't really seem to care about recycling, but then we know it goes wrong after it leaves where you live.

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  12. I assume the committee's work is all voluntary. You're lucky to have people doing it all and what a good job they've done.

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    1. Marie, yes all volunteers, as we were. It is not easy.

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  13. If. I volunteer for the board, shoot me.

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  14. Looks like the headquarters for a multinational corporation.

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    1. Kirk, I am not sure if that is a good thing.

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  15. Wow, that's a slick-looking building. I am so impressed with your recycling bins. (Although it's hilarious that there's such a big bin for "wine corks." How many corks would it take to fill that bin?!) I served on the co-op board for my building when I lived in New York, and lemme tell ya, it's a thankless task. I admire anyone willing to take it on!

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    1. Oh, I'm just seeing you said "thankless task" above. So I don't have to tell you!

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    2. Steve, when the cork bin was first put there, it did receive quite a few corks, but as you would imagine, I think it is quite redundant now.

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  16. You have a lovely building, and it seems that it is being very well managed. Congratulations!

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    1. Gigi, yes the management is good.

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  17. Your garbage room is far more organised and tidy than ours!!

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    1. Well organised James but not always neat or clean.

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  18. Lovely job the new committee have done bringing things up to date Andrew,looks super efficient!

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    1. Yes Grace it has all been pretty good.

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  19. The building looks lovely Andrew. Very handy to have all those recycling bins.

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    1. Sami, during lockdown, I am visiting the recycling room much more often.

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