Canberrans deserve building quality assurance

Building quality assurance should be high among the ACT Government’s priorities as it moves toward more high-density housing, Shadow Minister for Planning Mark Parton said.
“Canberrans deserve building quality assurance and the ACT Government is responsible for providing the regulatory oversight of that process,” Mr Parton said.
“I think we have now reached the point where we do need nationally consistent building rules for quality assurance.
“The reality is, the ACT Government has dragged the chain on meaningful building reform.
“We have waited two years for the government to deliver safety audits of all government buildings, promised after it was publicly revealed that the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children was fitted with combustible cladding.”
In 2009, the ACT Government was warned of the fire risks associated with combustible cladding but still authorised its use in the construction of the hospital in 2010. While the fire risk was again confirmed in 2012 – a year before construction of the hospital was completed – it was only after the tragic London Grenfell Tower fire when the government agreed to remove the cladding and audit government buildings.
“Now Building Minister Gordon Ramsay wants Canberrans to wait another 12 months before releasing the audit,” Mr Parton said.
“With 37,000 residential apartments in the pipeline, and the continued densification of residential areas, the government cannot afford to take anymore shortcuts.
“Canberrans deserve to live, work, visit and invest in safe buildings,” Mr Parton said.