Cladding fire risk au­dit

LON­DON TRAGEDY PROMPTS BUILD­ING RE­VIEW

Eastern Reporter - - Street Watch - Kristie Lim and Ju­lian Wright

THE Town of Bassendean is un­likely to be sub­ject to a statewide cladding au­dit in light of the Gren­fell Tower tragedy in Lon­don.

A Build­ing Com­mis­sion spokes­woman said it had con­tacted all lo­cal govern­ments on July 4 ask­ing for as­sis­tance with the au­dit.

She said all au­thor­i­ties were still fi­nal­is­ing the scope of the au­dit.

“The task of iden­ti­fy­ing which of the hun­dreds of high­rise build­ings in WA have cladding at­tached is quite ar­du­ous and is likely to take some time,” she said.

“Search­ing records of build­ings that fall within the au­dit scope will take some ef­fort.

“The time it will take to com­plete the au­dit will de­pend on the num­ber of build­ings found to have cladding at­tached.”

She said it was too early to know how long the au­dit will take.

Town chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Jarvis said the Town as aware of the is­sues with cladding.

“We would par­tic­i­pate if re­quested, but it is un­likely that any build­ings in the Town have such ma­te­ri­als, and our tall build­ings have a ma­sonry ex­te­rior – which is prob­a­bly why we were not asked to par­tic­i­pate,” he said.

“How­ever, the study is likely to re­sult in new reg­u­la­tions and stan­dards which will ap­ply to all new build­ings.”

Mean­while, Bayswa­ter Mayor Barry McKenna said the City was pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on its build­ings to the com­mis­sion.

“In light of the re­cent Gren­fell Tower tragedy in Lon­don it’s very im­por­tant to make sure our build­ings are safe,” he said.

“We value the in­put of the Build­ing Com­mis­sion and our pri­or­ity is ob­vi­ously the safety of our res­i­dents liv­ing and work­ing in these build­ings.”

City of Stir­ling ap­provals man­ager Greg Bow­er­ing said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment was still in talks with the com­mis­sion about a pos­si­ble au­dit.

He said there was no way to es­ti­mate ahead of the au­dit how many build­ings could po­ten­tially have cladding.

Bob Jarvis

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