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WHAT TASSIE OWNERS URGENTLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MANAGING “PANDORA’S BOX” OF CLADDING ISSUES

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Monday March 5, 2018

Attention Tasmanian Media

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS IT WON’T STOP FLOW OF ALUMINIUM CLADDING INTO COUNTRY POST-GRENFELL

WHAT TASSIE OWNERS URGENTLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MANAGING “PANDORA’S BOX” OF CLADDING ISSUES

EXPERT PANEL IN HOBART NEXT WEEK

Will Hodgman’s first few days as a re-elected Premier of Tasmania just got a great deal busier, following news that the buck has been passed from Federal to State Leaders on protecting owners from flammable cladding.

The Federal Government has confirmed it will not support a ban on the importation, sale or us of flammable cladding products following the infamous Grenfell Tower blaze in London last year.

It follows a Senate Committee report last October which recommended the Federal Government take this action, confusing apartment owners in Tasmania and around the country on what is being done to protect them.

Thousands of apartment buildings nationally have been identified as housing these potentially dangerous products and a leading strata management company will be in Hobart this week to deliver some insights on what owners in Tasmania need to know.

Ace Body Corporate Management is one of Australia’s largest strata management companies, managing over 60,000 lots and CEO Stephen Raff says the new Tasmanian State Government must endeavour to protect owners from this issue.

“Experts have estimated that the scale of potentially dangerous aluminium cladding on Australian buildings is “unquantifiable” and so in this period of State Government change, Tasmanian officials must put owners first and offer them a plan to protect their homes and lives.”

“Every apartment owner in the State should be asking, how will this new State Government protect me from the spread of unsafe building products.”

Mr Raff says despite not lifting a finger to build their apartments, the buck unfortunately stops with owners, and that increases the importance of each and every one being in the know.

“It’s fundamentally wrong that owners have to pay to fix cladding that is unsafe and non-compliant but that’s the reality for now, so any owners not seeking advice are burying their heads in the sand.”

“As a provider of body corporate management to 60,000 lots around the country, we’ve ourselves overseen buildings and groups of owners that have required cladding inspections and removals and are in the perfect position to advise Tassie owners on what they should be doing.”

“The panel we’re hosting this week will be participated in by body corporate, legal and engineering experts, the overwhelming take home message for Tasmanians will be that they need to speak to or appoint strata management specialists.”

“Identifying cladding, managing the inspection process, adjusting insurance to account for the existence of cladding and more are just some of the professional touches that strata management can bring to the table for owners and we’re recommending all apartment owners concerned about cladding to consider he value in getting a professional on their side.”

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About Ace Body Corporate Management

Ace Body Corporate Management (Ace) is the largest 100% Australian owned strata management company with franchises and their support staff managing property worth an estimated replacement value of $20 billion.

All franchisees are members of Strata Community Australia; the peak national body that looks after the interests of the community by liaising with Government on strata legislative requirements to keep up with industry change. Ace currently manages over 60,000 strata title units nationwide. Ace proudly fulfils the dual roles of a professional organisation and a leader for industry education and advocacy. Website: www.acebodycorp.com.au

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Pat McGuire
Marketplace Communications
0412 748161
Patrick.mcguire@mpc.com.au

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