Cladding rectification: Victorian Government announces new fund to fix hundreds of unsafe homes

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Cladding rectification: Victorian Government announces new fund to fix hundreds of unsafe homes
Cladding rectification: Victorian Government announces new fund to fix hundreds of unsafe homes

The Andrews Labor Government have just announced a brand-new funding scheme which aims to protect hundreds of vulnerable Australians who live in apartment buildings with hazardous cladding.

A $600 million fund will be administered by a newly-formed body, Cladding Safety Victoria and will strive to rectify at least 500 buildings with high-risk, combustible cladding, with an outlook to raise the additional $300 million over the next five years to cover more buildings which have been deemed unsafe.

The rectification project was recommended by the Victorian Cladding Taskforce in their most recent report. The Taskforce previously suggested that the Victorian Government ban the use of aluminium cladding panels that have a polyethylene core of more than 30% and expanded polystyrene that is used on buildings with 3 or more levels, and the policy was passed March 2018.

Premier Daniel Andrews commented that the world-first initiative would fix “most buildings at risk” and help protect residents of Victoria against the danger of non-compliant building materials.

“Combustible cladding is a national problem and we want the Federal Government to be part of the solution here in Victoria.”

Premier Daniel Andrews

So far, The Taskforce has identified 15 properties which will be first on the list to undergo remedial works. Cladding Safety Victoria will also be contacting owners corporations and property owners to investigate which buildings are at the greatest risk. The government also plan to revise the Building Code to decipher what legislative changes are required in order to provide better protection for all.

“This isn’t just about safety, it’s about fairness for people who bought apartments in good faith and were let down by dodgy builders or dangerous building products.”

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

The Taskforce has suggested that the Victorian Government seek financial contribution from the Commonwealth due to the problem affecting buildings nation-wide.

Lead image: Lacrosse Tower in Docklands, Credit: The Urban Developer

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