October 16th 2012
Open Letter to the Residents of Magnetic Island
Magnetic Times has received the following letter from Judy Humphreys, Secretary of the Magnetic International Resort Body Corporate, regarding recent media coverage of issues said to have occurred or have been occurring at the resort. In an emailed message accompanying the letter, Judy writes, "Although the contents of the letter are my own, it has been sent to your publication with the knowledge and approval of the Body Corporate Committee."
Re: Magnetic International Resort, Nelly Bay
The Resort has recently received bad publicity in the media with the screening of A Current Affair (ACA) on Monday 8th October 2012 in which some of the residents were portrayed as drunken, layabout, druggy, dole bludgers. I am an owner and a resident. Apart from my volunteer services to the Magnetic International Resort Body Corporate as its secretary, I have three (3) other volunteer jobs: two (2) on the Island and one (1) on the mainland and therefore consider that I contribute positively not only to the Resort but to the Island community as well. And yet by implication I have been branded.
The Resort is a microcosm of all small communities so it is true that we do have issues with criminal and antisocial behaviour from some of the Residents but the majority are peaceful, law abiding citizens and good neighbours.
The criminal behaviour is dealt with by the police. I cannot comment on the effectiveness or otherwise of this intervention partly because I am not privy to information relating to the outcomes of the incidents on the Resort that are reported to the police – not even through FOI.
The anti-social behaviour is a Body Corporate concern. Unfortunately we are legally constrained so in effect the only action that we can take is to issue a ‘Contravention of the By-Laws’ notice specifically for the one that relates to the behaviour of owners, guests or invitees that interferes with the peaceful enjoyment of others who are legally using the Resort. This we have done and will continue to do when we have specific details of incidents. Unfortunately much of the reporting both within the Resort and externally as in such programmes like ACA is innuendo, hearsay and non-specific.
The Committee, on behalf of the owners, is working very hard to throw off the shackles of the toxic past that lies in the wake of the tenure of the previous Caretaker / Letting Agent and Receivers who left owing the Body Corporate in excess of $350,000. We have commenced on the process of liquidating Halmarn Pty Ltd and coincidentally appointing a new manager who will steer the Resort to the new vision espoused by the owners, namely that of a desirable, economic, ecological tourist destination that is family and community friendly. We envisage that with the appointment of the new manager and a refurbished Bar and Restaurant we will again host conventions, conferences, wedding parties, tennis tournaments, film nights and other community events. We have started the business recovery of the resort which will include a name change. Watch this space!
We need owners who share this positive vision. People interested in purchasing Units should contact Northern Body Corporate Management for details and to organise an inspection.
We also need to rid the Resort of the current anti-social elements. So this is an open invitation to our neighbours and the residents of Magnetic Island to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with details of any specific incidents they have witnessed by identified residents of the Resort so we can act. Via their website, I have also called on ACA to reveal the name(s) of the person(s) shown in their report who made statements regarding drug taking on the Resort so that the appropriate police action can be taken. I personally invite Crusty Heron to meet with me over a coffee to discuss his concerns regarding the Resort.
Yours in the spirit of the Magnetic Island Community
Secretary, Magnetic International Resort Body Corporate