Cladding audit ‘laborious’ and ‘arduous’
AN audit of buildings in the cities of Perth, Vincent and Stirling could be “laborious” and “arduous” according to authorities.
A devastating fire in London’s ill-fated Grenfell Tower in June prompted an audit across WA to locate potential cladding fire risks on buildings.
Last month , it was discovered that panels installed in 2014 on Leederville’s Foyer Oxford building were flammable, prompting the lessee Foundation Housing to add more CCTV and round-the-clock surveillance.
A Building Commission spokeswoman said they 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.
City of Stirling approvals manager Greg Bowering said the local government was still in talks with the Building Commission about the logistics of a possible audit.
He said it would be a “very laborious and time consuming task”.
“There is not a ready database of this information,” he said.
He said there was no way to estimate ahead of the audit how many buildings could potentially have cladding.