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TRILLION DOLLAR STRATA SECTOR CALLS ON VICTORIAN LABOR PREMIER TO MAKE GOOD ON HIS PROMISE TO RAISE
TRILLION DOLLAR STRATA SECTOR CALLS ON VICTORIAN LABOR PREMIER TO MAKE GOOD ON HIS PROMISE TO RAISE CLADDING AT COAG
PEAK STRATA BODY URGES STATES AND TERRITORIES TO FOLLOW VICTORIA’S LEAD AND UNITE BEHIND A COMMONWEALTH CLADDING FUND
“CLADDING TO BE ON THE AGENDA AT COAG”
On Friday the Prime Minister, all Premiers and Territory leaders will convene in Cairns for the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting and strata leaders are urging Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews to follow through on his commitment to raise the issue of combustible cladding.
With Victoria being the first State Government in Australia to announce a cladding rectification fund, Premier Andrews has promised a $600million package to rectify 500 cladded buildings in Victoria that are deemed to be high risk.
His move has been praised by the peak body representing the interests of three million Australians who own and live in apartments, units and townhouses, and now it says it’s time for the Victorian Labor Premier to follow through on his commitment.
CEO of Strata Community Association, Alisha Fisher, hopes that Premier Andrews won’t shy away from pushing flammable cladding at COAG, which is a billion-dollar problem affecting thousands of Australians.
“We commend Premier Andrews for his leadership in providing a solution funded by Government for the thousands of Victorians living in cladded buildings, and we’re watching closely to see that he fulfils all of his promises.
“Governments in Australia have allowed the widespread use of these dangerous materials in construction for decades and must take responsibility to protect apartment and unit owners who purchased properties in good faith.
“The suggestion by State, Territory and Federal Governments that hard-working Australians who live in strata pay to fix the mistakes of others – a billion-dollar bill no less – is both unreasonable and unfair.
“Apartment and unit owners have seen the Government step in to rectify Government-owned cladded buildings but take a step back when asked to fund rectification works of any building that is privately-owned.
“The responsibility lies with Government and the companies that used flammable cladding in the construction of strata buildings.
“COAG is the National forum to determine the way forward to prevent those who are accountable from washing their hands of any responsibility and leaving strata owners to bear the burden.
“Led by Premier Andrews at COAG, we hope to see the States and Territories support meaningful action on the cladding crisis that removes the responsibility from strata owners and restores public confidence in the strata sector.”
Strata Community Association Limited (SCA) is the peak industry body for Body Corporate and Community Title Management in Australia & New Zealand. Membership includes body corporate managers, support staff, committee members and suppliers of products and services to the industry. SCA proudly fulfils the dual roles of a professional institute and consumer advocate.
SCA has in excess of 3,300 members who help oversee, advise or manage a combined property portfolio with an estimated replacement value of over $1.2 trillion. Website: http://stratacommunity.org.au/
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