Cladding drama heats up

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - CHRIS CALCINO The sem­i­nar will be held at the Pull­man Sea Tem­ple Port Dou­glas on Oc­to­ber 25 from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

CLADDING and in­su­la­tion from the Cairns Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre will be put un­der the burn­ers in Can­berra to­day as au­thor­i­ties put their flamma­bil­ity to the test.

The $71.1 mil­lion project’s sched­uled De­cem­ber 15 launch date was called into doubt as it en­tered a list of 735 build­ings across the Cairns re­gion – in­clud­ing the Cairns Hos­pi­tal’s new wing – with po­ten­tially un­safe alu­minium com­pos­ite cladding.

Cairns is not the only re­gion deal­ing with fall­out from strict new com­bustible cladding laws. The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment says about 12,000 build­ings are in ques­tion.

Dou­glas Shire strata prop­erty own­ers can learn more about the rules at a free sem­i­nar next month. Archers part­ner and sem­i­nar mod­er­a­tor Grant Mif­sud said the laws would have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on bod­ies cor­po­rate.

“If you own prop­erty in a low medium or high-rise strata scheme, these reg­u­la­tions will af­fect you,” he said. “Com­bustible cladding in­spec­tion spe­cial­ists, as well as le­gal ex­perts, will present the facts and pro­vide prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to achieve com­pli­ance …”

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