FPA Australia congratulates QLD on cladding removal example

Posted on : Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The Queensland Government has set a strong example for the rest of the country with its announcement yesterday it would strip and replace the cladding on Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.


The hospital's cladding was found to be combustible in recent testing commissioned by the state's Non-conforming Building Products Taskforce.


Its removal is a big but necessary job, according to Scott Williams, CEO of national peak body Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).


"It sends a strong message. This is a huge task, but it can and should be done," said Mr Williams.


"We want to congratulate the Queensland Government and Minister de Brenni for putting community safety first and recognising that the hard work needs to be done."


"Queensland is leading by example, and we encourage other state and territory governments to take similar action on buildings that are now being identified as high risk around the country."


The Queensland government is currently procuring a suitably qualified and accredited builder to remove the cladding, and anticipates the work will commence within four weeks. The work could take up to 18 months.

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