June 2011 Docklander
31 May 2011
Breaking up the band
If you’re old enough to remember how you felt when The Beatles went their separate ways, you will relate to this story of Paul O’Halloran leaving Docklands.
Paul was one of NewQuay’s “Fab Four” as the founding owners corporation chair of the Boyd, Palladio and Sant Elia apartment blocks.
His OC was the biggest and for the last nine years, Paul has been synonymous with NewQuay. In fact, he probably was “Mr NewQuay”, representing the precinct on police and liquor licensing advisory boards and having a say in just about everything.
But the time has come, and Paul and Lea O’Halloran have sold up and moved to Mt Eliza.
Paul recalls the camaraderie of the early days in NewQuay fondly. There was nothing there and the pioneering couples thrived on the isolation and challenges that it brought.
Together, they were building a new community and they would gather every Friday night for drinks and fellowship. These were their salad days – the time when the “band” made their best music.
“When we came down here I thought we would never leave,” he said.
Paul said there were seven couples who were particularly bonded by their shared experience but all but one of these had now left Docklands.
Sometimes people just moved on and sometime friendships were ruined by highly charged local issues such as serviced apartments.
And while no longer the owners corporation chairman, Paul is very vocal about the rights of owners of serviced apartments to be represented and have their voices heard.
“With serviced apartments now making up 25 to 30 per cent of all owners, it stands to reason that they should be represented on owners corporations,” he said.
He said in his experience, owner occupiers were to blame for more disruptive behaviour than visitors staying in serviced apartments.
“There has been surprisingly few incidents involving serviced apartments,” he said.
He said he would miss Docklands as it had been a large part of this life.
“But it’s just time to try a new chapter in our lives,” he said.
“We have three grand-daughters and now we have a back yard for them to run around in.”
I have read and re-read the article with the famed fab-four former leader of new quay, while on the front it appears that Mr O’Halloran led by example and spoke on behalf of all owners, in hindsight and leaving the precinct, really only cares about those with serviced apartments a mere 25-30%, saying quote “There has been surprisingly few incidents involving serviced apartments” this is a huge slap in the face to those that owner occupy and a massive disappointment in general. In closing id like to add its great that docklands had the fab-four to start the ball rolling but its clearly time for THE BIG 4 to take over and guide the precinct to a new level one that caters to all owners needs not just a small minority of investors that dont live in area. And also provides input in the entire precinct to provide a great place to visit for Melbournians and tourists alike.
the new breed.
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