21 May 2018

Queensland combustible cladding taskforce results

The results of the year-long Queensland combustible cladding taskforce investigation published 17 May 2018 identify 70 state government buildings that need rectification work, while 880 other buildings require further investigation, according to The Guardian Australia. As many as 12,000 additional, privately owned buildings, including about 1,200 residential multistorey blocks, also need assessment.

The Queensland taskforce was established after the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, when the external aluminium composite panel (ACP) cladding on the public housing apartment block was found to be the one of the factors responsible for the deaths of 71 people.

The report follows an earlier Victorian audit which found some 1,400 non-government buildings in Victoria were likely to have aluminium composite panels with flammable polyethylene or expanded polystyrene cores. This type of cladding can be combustible and is only suitable for use under certain conditions.

The report has been tabled in the Queensland Parliament. Mick de Brenni, Minister for Housing and Public Works, says the government is prepared to legislate to require rectification of privately owned buildings. He estimates that rectification of the state’s buildings with non-compliant cladding could cost millions.

Simon Barnard, President of Strata Community Association Queensland which represents 1.1 million owners of apartments and units, says the peak organisation wants the state government to assist with funding for rectification. The Victorian Government has created a $25 million fund to help private owners of multistorey residential buildings pay for cladding rectification.

Read Gallagher’s complete three-part report ‘Is Australia heading for a cladding crisis’ on our blog for a full analysis of the ACP cladding problem.