Melbourne cladding checked
Melbourne's Lord Mayor says the city is “very close” to fixing potentially dangerous cladding at 17 of the city's buildings.
The danger of dodgy materials was thrown into tragic relief by the recent London tower fire disaster, which killed at least 79 people.
London’s Grenfell Tower was reportedly clad with combustible aluminium composite tiles similar to those on a number of buildings across Melbourne, including the Lacrosse high-rise in Docklands that caught fire in 2014.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said this week that the City of Melbourne was “close to agreement” with the owners of 17 buildings that used non-compliant aluminium cladding.
“There may be others that the VBA (Victorian Building Authority) are dealing with that's not in the City of Melbourne,” he told reporters.
“For some other buildings it could be fire alarms, or sprinklers, different treatments or indeed replacing the cladding.”
The buildings were first identified in a VBA audit that found 51 per cent of audited buildings contained non-compliant aluminium composite cladding.
But these building can still be considered safe to live in if measures like automatic sprinklers are in place.
A government committee is being formed to check all relevant Australian regulations on cladding.