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STRATA LEADERS SUPPORT THE GREENS IN CALLING ON THE ACT GOVERNMENT TO AUDIT PRIVATELY-OWNED BUILDING

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Wednesday 9 October, 2019

Attention Canberra Media

STRATA LEADERS SUPPORT THE GREENS IN CALLING ON THE ACT GOVERNMENT TO AUDIT PRIVATELY-OWNED BUILDINGS FOR COMBUSTIBLE CLADDING

FEARS THOUSANDS OF CANBERRA UNIT AND APARTMENT RESIDENTS UNAWARE THEY’RE LIVING IN POTENTIAL FIRE TRAPS

An estimated 157 buildings in the ACT are suspected of containing combustible cladding and without a government-led audit to determine the actual figure of affected privately-owned buildings, strata bosses fear thousands of Canberra strata residents are unaware of the level of potential risk in their homes.

Rather than inspect privately-owned unit and apartment buildings, the ACT Government is currently relying on insurance companies to pass on information about the presence of non-compliant combustible cladding.

Strata Community Association (ACT) is standing behind the Greens in calling on the ACT Government to follow the lead of other states and conduct an audit on privately-owned buildings in Canberra.

SCA (ACT) President Chris Miller says, “We are backing the call from the Greens for the ACT Government to take a central role in identifying the extent of the issue in the nation’s capital.

“Proctor Legal, MBA, OCN and SCA (ACT) have co-penned a letter to the ACT Government to try and engage in a proactive way on this issue.”

In July 2017, only weeks after the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London, the ACT Government launched an audit of government-owned buildings. To date, they have taken no action on privately-owned buildings.

Presently, the only figures available on the issue of combustible cladding, released last month by CFMEU, estimate that 157 buildings across the ACT contain combustible cladding.

Mr Miller continues, “SCA (ACT) can report that presently the insurance market is pricing in risk to the strata market, and we hold fears that things will get worse.”

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About Strata Community Association

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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Contact Details

Media Contact:
Chris Miller
President
Strata Community Association (ACT)
0400 376 208

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Pat McGuire
Marketplace Communications
0412 748 161
Patrick.mcguire@mpc.com.au

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