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What's happening at Clifton Views

This is the newsletter for the tenants

December 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

Welcome to all our new Clifton Views residents we hope you enjoy living at Clifton Views.

FROM WHEN WE STARTED THIS NEWSLETTER IT WAS 26 SLEEPS UNTIL SANTA COMES!!!

WE HOPE YOU HAVE ALL BEEN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VERY IMPORTANT!

Our office will be closing for all the public holidays.  In emergency situations only that 000 is not required please call our mobile or leave a message on our office number and we will return your call as soon as we can.

Please respect this is our home too and our holiday/festive season.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS

OK time to do this again – let’s light up Clifton Views!!!  Let’s see who can have the BEST Christmas decorations – we can all walk around at night to admire the lights in our own backyard!!!  Come on Clifton – let’s shine!!

(Please ensure you do this safely and securely)

CLIFTON CAPERS

Is doing Christmas Day luncheon AND New Year’s Eve – contact them on dine@cliftoncapers.com.au or call 4059 2311 or visit www.cliftoncapers.com   Support your local Restaurant!

PARENTS AND CHILDREN

A few complaints received recently – children knocking on people’s doors and asking if they can do odd jobs for $1.00 – e.g. take someone’s rubbish out – this behaviour has to stop for many reasons:

  1. People do not want to be annoyed whilst in the privacy of their own homes
  2. Children are not safe doing this – they are unaware who lives in this complex and or who might be visiting other residents OR who may be in the complex and does not live here
  3. It is against the body corporate by-laws to interfere with the peaceful enjoyment of any other resident

Please parents have a chat with the kids and ask them if they know who is doing this to stop immediately.

Children in the playground – unattended or supervised – the bottom apartments of block 20 have expressed concerns re the children playing a game that requires them to touch the apartment closest to the playground – children are screaming and running to do so – this is someone’s bedroom/home and they do shift work – please consider everyone is not a 9 – 5 worker and still do not need their living comfort disrupted. Everyone understands that children are just having fun, but we need to be considerate!

RESIDENT LOUNGE

We have had 2 lovely residents offer their time to start the book exchange - we are meeting very shortly to discuss how this well work – we will let you all know when it is up and running.  Lewis & Pheasant will donate the first bookcase and a couple of boxes of books.

LOCKED YOURSELF OUT?

  1. IF YOU RENT THROUGH US PLEASE CALL OUR MOBILE IF WE ARE ONSITE WE WILL HELP – REASONABLE HOURS APPLY – IF YOU CALL BEFORE 7.00AM AND AFTER 8.00PM AT NIGHT THERE WILL BE A CALL OUT FEE OF $80

IF YOU LOCK YOURSELF OUT DURING OUR OFFICE HOURS PLEASE SEE US IN THE OFFICE AND WE CAN HELP YOU

 

  1. SUNDAYS WILL ALSO INCUR AN $80 CALL OUT FEE IF WE ARE ON-SITE TO HELP YOU (Lewis and Pheasant residents only)

 

  1. IF WE ARE NOT ON-SITE PLEASE CALL TROY CUMMINS LOCKSMITH ON 4035 4308 OR MOBILE 0419 767313 – THERE WILL BE A CALL OUT FEE PAYABLE TO THE LOCKSMITH DIRECT

 

  1. IF YOU RENT THROUGH ANOTHER AGENCY PLEASE CONTACT YOUR AGENCY DIRECT OR THE LOCKSMITH ABOVE – PLEASE DO NOT CALL US WE CANNOT HELP YOU!

SECURITY GATE

The main security gate near the water fountain has now been placed on a timer – it opens from 7am and closes at 5pm – the gates receive a lot of traffic during the day and to avoid ongoing maintenance costs the timer has been put in place - the CCTV cameras are in place and monitored.

Police are aware of the cameras and will be investigating all footage if damage occurs to these areas.

It is still alarming when walking around the complex the amount of lock up garages that are open all day with personal belongings in them – please lock your garages if you want your belongings safe.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

We attended the local Neighbourhood Watch meeting a few weeks ago – we will be joining the team working to keep Clifton Beach safe and secure.  There are approx. 1600 residents in Clifton Beach with a third living in Clifton Views!  We need your help to do this – watch out for your neighbours and fellow residents – report ALL incidents immediately.  Especially this time of year when thefts tend to increase – we don’t want to lose our Chrissy presents!!

One fact to come out of the meeting was the theft reported from residents in Clifton Beach - BUT their doors were left unlocked and cars unlocked – YOU MUST LOCK YOUR DOORS AND CARS AT ALL TIMES!

NEW YEARS EVE

New Year’s Eve is coming around very quickly – as per the past 2 years we want to remind everyone that parties after hours will not be tolerated by any resident – if you wish to party hard and long into the night for New Year’s Eve (which is understandable) we encourage you to go elsewhere – you will have a much better time and you will not be disturbing your neighbours and inevitably wasting the Police’s time on one of their busiest nights of the year.  If Police are called this will lead to a certain breach and could also lead to a 7 day notice to leave – in the past previous residents have been issued a notice to leave when Police were involved – this is called objectionable behaviour and Residential Tenancy Authority laws state this is ground for a 7 day notice to leave.  Please be considerate of your neighbours and residents that may have to work New Year’s Day or it might be their only day off and want to sleep!!!

When coming home (late at night) and you think it is a great idea to go for a swim – please think again.  If you wish to swim after the by-laws time of 9pm then we suggest you live in a house with a pool – you will not be upsetting anyone else then!!  Please respect your fellow residents.

If you see or hear someone swimming/drinking after hours (or drinking during pool hours) please also let us know immediately 0488 553 109 – if not the pools will be closed during these very hot summer days due to someone else’s mistakes – broken glass will shut the pools indefinitely at the cost of the persons responsible (draining and cleaning the pool approx. $3,000 to $5,000).

We were called out in the very early hours of Saturday 24th November to people drinking and swimming in the main pool – these people did not even live in the complex!

The by-laws really are common sense – Clifton Views is a very large complex and we need to abide by these laws for everyone’s comfort and enjoyment.  We do not create the by-laws we along with Clifton Views owners – enforce them.

 

GYMS

In our gyms there are very large signs that state you MUST wear enclosed shoes when using the equipment.  On numerous occasions we have had to ask people to leave the gyms to put shoes on – this is a health and safety matter.  We are sure if you joined a gym in town that you would be required to wear shoes.

UPDATE ON BODY CORPORATE WORK

This month has seen:

  1. All bird’s nests removed from buildings – this will not stop the bird problem but help alleviate
  2. The rock wall near block 19 has been completed in time for the wet season
  3. Both pedestrian gates have had the Perspex replaced
  4. All figure heads at the pools have been pressure cleaned and sealed so mould should not be an issue

Quotes are being obtained for brighter lighting at the fountain area of a night time and around the pools to deter all those people that want to swim after pool hours – this work hopefully will start soon.

THE CYCLONE SEASON

PREPARING YOUR HOME

 

We enjoy a wonderful climate and lifestyle in Queensland.  However, natural hazards such as cyclones, storms and flood are an inevitable part of our environment.  History has shown that we cannot afford to be complacent about the dangers they present.

 

Take time to prepare your home and have your emergency kit up to date and stocked!

 

  • Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is current and covers your assets adequately – check your policy includes debris clean up and disposal
  • Identify which room is the strongest part of the apartment, in case you need to shelter in your home during severe storm or cyclone.  Usually this would be the smallest room in the apartment, with the least windows
  • Identify where and how to turn off the main supply for water and power, tap and main switch located next to your hot water system

 

Puchase emergency essentials to have on hand such as:

 

  • Containers to store drinking water supplies
  • Spare supply of fuel for use in your vehicle (ensure you store safely)
  • Wide masking tape for windows
  • Hessian bags and sand for sandbagging indoor drains to prevent sewerage backwash from flooding and use for ground floor apartments

 

When weather warnings for cyclone or severe storms are issued:

 

  • Disconnect electrical appliances and all external television and radio ariels
  • Turn off electricity main supplies if instructed by emergency authorities
  • Secure outdoor furniture and other balcony items
  • Fill buckets and bath with clean water in case of interruptions to main water supply
  • Close windows with shutters or tape windows in a criss-crossing pattern using strong tape and draw blinds/curtains
  • Park vehicles under cover, away from trees, powerlines and waterways
  • If you cannot access undercover shelter for your vehicles, secure with firmly tied blankets to minimise hail damage – severe storms can sometimes bring hail – cyclones don’t usually bring hail
  • Check all household members are safe and are sheltering from the storm or cyclone
  • Listen to your local radio station for updates on the event and further warnings and safety messages

 

PREPARING YOUR EMERGENCY KIT

 

Items to include in your emergency kit:

 

  • Food and water – range of non-perishable food items  and bottled water
  • Medical and sanitation supplies – First Aid Kit and manual, essential medications, prescriptions and dosage, toilet paper, toothbrush/toothpaste, soap/shampoo, personal hygiene items
  • Light – flashlight/torch with extra batteries, battery powered lantern
  • Communications – battery powered radio and extra batteries, traditional wired telephone, prepaid phone cards and coins for phone calls
  • Clothing and footwear – warm jumper, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves for everyone, closed-toed shoes or boots for everyone
  • Tools and supplies – a whistle, utility knife, duct/masking tape, plastic garbge bags and ties, safety glasses and sun glasses
  • Miscellaneous items – special items for infants (nappies, formula etc), special items needed by elderly or people with special needs, spare house and car keys

 

Important Documents

 

Keep original or certified copies of the following documents in your Emergency Kit.  Scan copies of these documents and save on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit.  Keep all these items in sealed plastic bags:

 

  1. Insurance papers for your house and contents, cars and for valuable items
  2. Inventory of valuable household goods
  3. Wills and life insurance documents
  4. House deeds/mortgage documents
  5. Birth and marriage certificates
  6. Passports/visa details
  7. Stocks and bonds
  8. Medicare, pension cards, immunisation records
  9. Bank accout and credit card details
  10. A Back-up copy of important computer files
  11. Emergency contact phone numbers

 

Also ensure EVERYONE in the house knows where your emergency Kit is kept!!

 

Please remember Clifton Views is built to a Category 5 cyclone.

COMPLEX NOW FULL

Boats and trailers must be parked in your own allocated car spaces – NOT in a visitor’s space – which are the spaces unmarked.  Once again this is in breach of the Body Corporate by-laws and very unfair to residents that cannot find a space.

Unregistered cars left (abandoned or not being used) will be removed and if possible the cost passed onto the residents involved.

SUMMER AND AIR CONDITIONERS PLUS REMOTES

Remember to check your air conditioner filters and clean them and replace your remote batteries if needed – summer is really on its way.

The new bins at the bbq areas are not for household rubbish – they are for when residents are using the bbq’s – please don’t be lazy and decide to drop your rubbish in them because they are closer than the bin rooms!!!  Yes this is happening and we ask those concerned not to do this!

BAD BEHAVIOUR

One of our residents has told us of someone ‘egging’ their car and stealing their tyre valves – they have an idea who might be responsible and this is now a police matter – if you know who this is please ask them to stop before this situation escalates.  It is disappointing to know that someone in here would behave like this.

SAVE OUR TURTLES

One of our dedicated residents has placed a Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre collection/donation tin our office.  These volunteers do fantastic work with rehabilitating our turtles that are sick and injured.  Support if you can!

Our monthly newsletter is something that we do ourselves at our own cost and our own time – we do this voluntarily.

If you witness any illegal behaviour call the Police immediately.

Smithfield Police Station 4057 1900 or 000 in an emergency ONLY situation

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and very safe and successful new year!

Alison & Grant

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