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In Parliament


Building Cladding - Questions Without Notice and Ministers Statements

   Wednesday, 14 August 2019
T SMITH (Kew) (11:18:16): My question is to the Minister for Planning. On 13 September 2018 the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) completed a combustible cladding audit of a childcare centre in Neerim Road, Hughesdale, rating it as high risk. On 26 October 2018 Monash council wrote to the owners, informing them that there was a danger to life, safety or health due to the installation of combustible cladding. Why has this cladding in a childcare centre, described as highest risk by the VBA and described as a danger to life by Monash council, not yet been removed?

T SMITH (Kew) (11:22:25): On a supplementary question, after 11 months parents of children at this childcare centre were informed by the media that this building poses a danger to life and nothing has been done to make it safe. Why did the minister choose to keep parents in the dark about the fact their children are attending a childcare centre that poses a danger to life?

T SMITH (Kew) (11:33:52): My question is again to the Minister for Planning. Will the childcare centre in the Neerim Road, Hughesdale, be one of the first 15 buildings to have its cladding rectified by Cladding Safety Victoria, as promised by this minister?

T SMITH (Kew) (11:36:17): Can the minister guarantee there are no other childcare centres that are affected by dangerous combustible cladding? As you have observed, you have audited thousands of buildings.