Strata residents are uniquely well versed in the art of communal living. Not only do you have more neighbours than the traditional homeowner, you also share a number of valuable assets with those neighbours, and regularly come together and make decisions.
Great relationships don’t just happen, however. If you want strong rapport in your building, you have to work at it. Here are three ways to foster a great strata community.
1. Create a newsletter
Not all lot owners will be equally involved in the owners corporation. While some may be elected members of the strata committee, others might prefer to sit back or even avoid meetings.
That’s why it’s a good idea to publish a community newsletter. This letter could highlight things like:
- The progress of projects and renovations,
- Resident news and achievement stories,
- Upcoming events in the building and Canberra,
- Public works updates.
2. Do something good together
Few things bring people together quite like helping others. Band together as a strata community to identify good causes in your local community.
If there is a fundraiser or charity event coming up – such as a fun run or food drive – reach out to residents about getting involved.
3. Host social events in common areas
No, we don’t mean invite all of your friends to sit in the common area. Instead, host a resident event in building meeting rooms, lounges or other common areas.
Use email or notice board advertising to let other community members know. This could be an interest group meeting, like a book club, or a simple meet and greet for new tenants and lot owners.