Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

IF a death toll of 80 peo­ple in an apartment build­ing blaze is not enough of a wake up call, it is hard to say what is. The tragedy in the Gren­fell Tower in Lon­don, a fire fu­elled by flammable cladding, has prompted a state-wide au­dit to seek out build­ings that could po­ten­tially have sim­i­lar cladding and pre­vent an­other catas­tro­phe.

It will be a long process to be sure and the au­thor­i­ties have a huge task ahead of them, but one build­ing has al­ready been iden­ti­fied in Leed­erville. This shock­ing rev­e­la­tion in our own back­yard should ac­cel­er­ate the au­dit.

If there is one out there then there could be more, but who knows how many and when it could threaten lives?

The Build­ing Com­mis­sion lacks ur­gency. Ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman, “the task of iden­ti­fy­ing which of the hun­dreds of high-rise build­ings in WA have cladding at­tached is quite ar­du­ous and is likely to take some time”. No time­line is given or any in­di­ca­tion that the process would be sped up.

A quicker re­sponse could pre­vent an­other tragedy. Ju­lian Wright, Re­porter

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