NSW sets end of 2023 target to remove flammable cladding

By Melissa Coade

Tuesday August 3, 2021

Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said the state government was supporting residential tenants and landlords by extending the program.
Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said the state government was supporting residential tenants and landlords by extending the program. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)

Eligible strata communities in NSW are being invited to register their interest in the state government’s three-year remediation program to remove high-risk flammable cladding from residential buildings. 

The NSW government intends to have the first lot of flammable cladding on residential buildings removed by the end of 2021, and all cladding removed by the end of 2023 under its ‘Project Remediate’ plan. 

Interested parties are being invited to register their strata group with Project Remediate by 30 July to participate in the program. Participating in the program offers strata groups government support for the whole remediation process, including investigation of the flammable cladding materials, design options, and contracting for construction.

“Under Project Remediate owners will get an insurable, durable and long-lasting solution for their building and benefit from the economies of scale a managing contractor can deliver,” NSW better regulation minister Kevin Anderson said.

“[The project] is a gold standard program that will remediate buildings to the highest safety standards.”

The NSW government introduced new planning laws about combustible cladding as part of its response to the fire safety risks posed by the materials, and evident in the tragic loss of human life in London’s Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 and the 2014 Lacrosse building fire in Melbourne.

Under state regulations, owners of certain buildings that are constructed from external combustible cladding are required to register the building with the state government cladding portal.

On Tuesday the minister also announced the appointment of Hansen Yunken as the managing contractor for Project Remediate. The government will spend $139 million for the company to deliver ‘complete program management’ for each affected building participating in the project.

“Flammable cladding remediation isn’t a simple process, and Hansen Yuncken will do the hard work on every owner’s behalf to ensure only safe, compliant design solutions are applied to every building,” Anderson said. 

NSW building commissioner David Chandler said that the role of the managing contractor would be to ensure that no corners were cut in the process and that the highest standards of safety and quality was delivered. 

The company will also deliver ‘transparent, timely communications and support a customer service model for service delivery, the commissioner added.

“This appointment should give homeowners confidence that all compliance and regulatory obligations will be met, including site management, safety, and compliance with consent authorities and development conditions,” Chandler said. 

“[The model] ensures owners corporations and strata managers are kept informed at every step of the process.”


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