CALLS FOR A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO HIGH-RISE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

SINCE the beginning of this year, MACRO BUSINESS has lobbied for a royal commission into building regulations and standards, as well as the development industry, following the flammable cladding debacle and the discovery of widespread defects across Australia’s high-rise.

Yesterday, we received support from Advocate group, Builders Collective of AustraliaBuilders Collective of Australia, which has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging a broad-based royal commission following “appalling failures within Australia’s residential construction sector”.

 

CAVEAT EMPTOR … Buyer Beware … 85% defective builds …  this is what buyers may find after they have paid their deposit and moved into an off the plan apartment.

These defects arise from the basement … up … photos taken in a mixed-use development carpark basement x 2 floors in the Lane Cove Electorate of the NSW Planning Minister.

 

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CAAN Photo:  Concrete cancer?  In the walls of the ramp pedestrian access leading away from the basement parking area.

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CAAN Photo:  A bucket in the walkway leading from the basement carpark collecting water dripping from the roof above.  Water is seen to often be running down the walls of the lower carpark basement.  How can this bode well for the longevity of such a development?

 

Calls for royal commission into high-rise construction industry

 

By Leith van Onselen

Since the beginning of this year, MB has lobbied for a royal commission into building regulations and standards, as well as the development industry, following the flammable cladding debacle and the discovery of widespread defects across Australia’s high-rise.

Yesterday, we received support from Advocate group, Builders Collective of AustraliaBuilders Collective of Australia, which has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging a broad-based royal commission following “appalling failures within Australia’s residential construction sector”.

 

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CAAN Photo:  The apartment owners had to seek legal advice and representation from a Barrister to get these large and extensive cracks in the floor of the basement area rectified. They are numerous throughout the floor of the basement.

 

Advocacy group Owners Corporation Network of Australia has also backed a royal commission. From The Canberra Times:

“Conflicts of interest, poor oversight from regulating bodies, and seeming indifference from governments ensure that regulations, standards, and expectations are not being met,” said Mr [Phil] Dwyer [from Builders Collective of Australia].

Stephen Goddard, solicitor and the chairman of advocacy group Owners Corporation Network of Australia, said he backed a royal commission… Goddard said deregulation and a lack of accountability from designers, engineers, architects and builders had resulted in a “loss of public confidence” in strata living and purchasing new apartments off the plan.

“If you know you have an 80 per cent chance of buying into a defective building, why would you buy off the plan especially if neither the builder or developer owes you duty of care?,” he said.

 

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CAAN Photo:  Heavy cracking also in the walls of the basement carpark.

The proliferation of poorly-built and flammable high-rise across Australia’s cities has created major problems that could take a decade and many billions of dollars to resolve.

Only a warts-and-all royal commission would shine a spot light on the systemic issues, finger those responsible, and help prevent a reoccurrence in the future.

unconventionaleconomist@hotmail.com

 

SOURCE:  https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/03/calls-royal-commission-high-rise-construction-industry/

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