Tips for your Australia Day party, courtesy of the body corporate

Archers Body Corporate Management has released a list of Australia Day party dos and don’ts following complaints regarding over-zealous partiers during last month’s holiday season.

To avoid conflict with your neighbours and bodies corporate, Archers director Andrew Staehr said it’s important to be prepared when throwing a party.

“Your body corporate may allow you to hold parties on certain areas of common property but you must ensure that it is booked and is large enough for the number of guests invited,” Staehr said.

“Emergency actions are not something people generally think about when planning a party but it’s crucial to be prepared in case something does go wrong.”

Staehr recommends that hosts double check smoke detectors and make sure that any partygoers have a handle on the building’s exits and evacuation plans. And remember – your guests are your responsibility.

“Ensure guests do not lean over or against balustrades and no rubbish is thrown over the balcony,” said the safety-conscious Staehr.

Here are Staehr’s other tips for hosting a body corporate-friendly Australia Day party:

1. Communicate with your body corporate and be aware of the common by-laws and house rules in regards to the number of people permitted in various common areas and what time noise must be reduce

2. Utilise a booking system for common facilities such as BBQs to avoid overcrowding and argument

3. Ensure all rules are enforced for facilities with closing times or other restrictions, like the pool

4. Be aware of the body corporate procedures to report a complaint if a party does get out of hand

5. Communicate with your neighbours and let them know party details so they are aware of what is going on

6. Communicate with guests and ensure they know the rules of your complex, including where to park, noise restrictions and common property restrictions.

They won’t save you from burnt sausages, or that one guest who’s a little too excited about their sense of national pride, but Staehr’s tips will hopefully ensure that you’re still getting along with the body corporate (and your neighbours) the morning after.

What are some of your party dos and don'ts?


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