The secretary can go ahead and hold the meeting regardless, provided they send out the agenda to all owners one week (I think) before. You don’t need the strata manager to attend or even approve . You are the boss of the SM, not the other way round. If the SM refuses to send out the agenda – sack them. They aren’t doing their job.
The exception, of course, would be a statutory appointment manager, who may tell you there is no committee to meet.
The strata manager can’t do that (legally). You have them sacked by firstly reporting them to Fair Trading and inviting them to resign and then by going to NCAT. Or just threatening to do that … they should get the message.
If you’re not sure what to do, click on the ad for Strata Answers and ask them if they can help and how much it will cost.
In the case where some other long serving members are let’s say very cosy with the sm and don’t want to sack the sm how can the secretary deal with that. In essence this appears to be engineered by one of the other members as they won’t to pay for some basic repairs that don’t effect their lots.