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THROW THE BOOK AT CLADDING USERS SAYS VICTORIA’S PEAK STRATA BODY

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Tuesday 3 September, 2019

Attention Victoria Media

THROW THE BOOK AT CLADDING USERS SAYS VICTORIA’S PEAK STRATA BODY

“BEYOND BELIEF” THAT BUILDERS ARE STILL USING FLAMMABLE CLADDING

The peak strata body representing the interests of unit, apartment, townhouse and other strata bodies in Victoria says Government authorities should throw the book at builders still using banned flammable cladding products.

It says a life ban should be considered in the worst-case situations.

The call is made even more important as evidenced by Canberra’s Glebe Park apartment residents, raising the alarm earlier this month after a cigarette butt ignited flammable cladding on the second-story apartment balcony. The fire took hold but was extinguished quickly by the local fire brigade.

Strata Community Association Victoria says it is shocked and appalled by reports that the Victorian Building Authority had suspended a Victorian building surveyor who had signed off on combustible cladding on five Melbourne apartment complexes earlier this year.

SCA Victorian General Manager Rob Beck applauded the VBA and said its action should serve as a warning to all involved in the building sector.

“It is totally reckless for both builders and building surveyors to keep using such dangerous cladding materials when clearly they pose an enormous public risk.

“The last 12 months have been a horror story for apartment owners and strata communities. Just this month, Canberra’s Glebe Park apartment residents avoided a potential disaster scenario linked to combustible cladding.

“We hope that in the worst-case scenario, that repeat offenders are banned for life because ultimately at the end of the day, lives are at stake.”

Mr Beck said the promised review of the Building Act in Victoria, which is due to start soon should take into account the obvious need to provide more consumer protection.

“Combustible cladding is not our only concern.

“We are worried about the standard of a range of cheap Chinese imports that include exploding glass used on balconies, faulty electric cabling and asbestos products.

“We are worried if consumer confidence in the safety of building products is not restored soon, then it will only be a matter of time before another strata community is seriously impacted by defective building products.”

Mr Beck encouraged consumers, tradies, suppliers and others to report any use of flammable cladding to the VBA.

“Let’s get rid of this product once and for all.”

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About SCA (Vic)

SCA (Vic) is the peak industry body for Strata Title Management in Victoria. Supporting more than 80% of all owners corporation management firms, it is the only organisation solely focused upon representing this increasingly significant industry, and reaches and represents more than 650 owners corporation professionals who manage approximately 375,000 lots. It also represents industry suppliers and owners corporations, making it the voice of all with an interest in the management of owners corporations. Members benefit from representation, promotion, establishment of professional practice guidelines and ethical standards, and professional development through education seminars, conferences and regularly publishing bulletins on items of professional interest. Website: http://vic.strata.community

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Contact Details

Media Contact
Rob Beck
General Manager
Strata Community Australia (VIC)
0400 624 590
rob.beck@stratacommunity.org.au

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

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