A high clearance warehouse was 6 metres. 3 pallet high stacking was the norm. Sawtooth frames were fine. Asbestos was about the only contamination discussed. We measured up clients buildings by tape measure and then drew up a floor plan. We prepared and lodged 2 page usage DA’s for prospective tenants. Emails did not exist. A car phone was an indication that ‘you’d made it !’ Rentals in Smithfield NSW were $3.50 PSF. The question was net or gross? We wrote letters and waited for a reply by mail. Secretaries typed letters with a carbon paper copy for filing. Databases were compiled by looking up a name in Councils Rates Book. Roneo machines were still used – photocopiers were rare. Wetherill Park was a new industrial release. The M4 finished at Westmead heading west. Options could be agreed to on a handshake. IPEC was the Interstate Parcel Express Company. We did our own rental guarantee checks on tenants

Jeff Pond is a partner at Link Property Services and is located in our Silverwater office.