Media Response Cladding Audit

Questions and responses

Can I please get a comment regarding the state of the audit?

Under the process set out by the Victorian Cladding Taskforce, 86 buildings that require further inspection and investigation to determine whether they have combustible cladding have been identified. Of the 86 buildings, 50 have been inspected (as at 4 April 2018).

We are only inspecting properties where the development is complete and is being occupied.  This is the scope of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce.  Properties that are under construction are referred to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) for their investigation.

Is council concerned at the number of buildings which have needed to be rectified so far?

The safety of our community is the highest priority for us and that’s why we are part of the pilot audit to determine the extent of the use of non-compliant exterior cladding within our municipality.

The focus is to make building safe to occupy.  We would expect that that the State Government will accept the recommendations in the interim report by the Victorian Cladding Taskforce (November 2017) and require the VBA to undertake the process to make the buildings compliant.

As at 29 March 2018, we have issued 24 Building Notices/Orders against properties, that we have inspected.

What has needed to be fixed?

This varied from building to building, and includes things like:

·         The testing of cladding material to ascertain whether it is combustible material or not

·         Maintenance of fire safety services

·         Works to remove sections of cladding, particularly where the cladding is present on or around the entrance/exit of a building and/or around the fire services area.

Any other measure to make the building safe would be considered once the notices have been responded to.\

The officer report that went to the March 2018 Council meeting on this, provides some useful background information as well.

See  March 28 Council Agenda

 

Provided to: Monash Leader

Date: 11 April 2018

Quoting: Mayor Paul Klisaris.