44 buildings on NSW Cladding Register in Georges River LGA

Cladding concerns: A Melbourne building subject of cladding inspections. Now buildings in Georges River and Bayside are under the spotlight: Picture: Eamon Gallagher
Cladding concerns: A Melbourne building subject of cladding inspections. Now buildings in Georges River and Bayside are under the spotlight: Picture: Eamon Gallagher

Georges River Council currently has 44 properties on the NSW Cladding Register which have been identified to potentially contain combustible cladding.

The council has contacted all building owners on the register, advising property owners to review the design, construction and fire safety of products on their buildings, a Georges River Council spokesperson said.

"Council is currently in the process of reviewing the responses provided by building owners," the spokesperson said.

"When complete, Council will commence issuing formal Cladding Rectification Notices for buildings that contain combustible cladding which is inconsistent with the Building Code of Australia."

The council declined to comment when asked if there were any public buildings or certain residential high-rises that are on the NSW Cladding Register.

"Council is not able to release this information," the council spokesperson said.

"Requests for information of specific buildings contained on the Register need to be referred to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment."

Bayside Council has 71 buildings listed on the NSW Cladding Register and has issued Cladding Rectification Notices on 14 building owners in the local government area to remove or modify the cladding installed to ensure fire safety.

The buildings identified with combustible cladding include office buildings, mixed retail and residential buildings and residential flat buildings.

"However the majority of these buildings were confirmed as containing non-combustible cladding or cladding with a fire retardant core," a council spokesperson said.

Last July, Bayside Council issued a compliance order to the owners of a building in the Rockdale CBD requiring the rectification of fire safety breaches and combustible cladding.

This followed a site inspection by Fire and Rescue NSW which found several issues.

"Council does not have a policy particularly related to cladding on buildings," the Bayside Council spokesperson said.

"Cladding rectification action is instigated after a building has been identified as posing a risk to its occupants due to the risk of spread of fire caused by the cladding installed, using a consistent rationale as if dealing with other fire risks affecting a building.

"Council actively communicates with affected building owners, strata managers and their fire consultants to ensure any required building rectification works will meet the current legislative and building code requirements," the council spokesperson said.

The NSW Cladding Register has identified over 550 high-rise buildings across NSW including 154 apartment buildings.

According to figures obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald, the City of Sydney has 350 properties identified on the Cladding Register, is investigating 333 of these and has handed out 16 fire safety orders.

There are 174 buildings in Parramatta on the Cladding Register and seven have been found to have non-compliant cladding.

Sutherland Shire has 42 buildings listed while Canterbury-Bankstown has 87 buildings on the register, 44 of which are residential.