For resource-stretched council, it's pool fences versus cladding

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017

Victoria's City of Moreland council is in danger of falling behind in pool safety checks as it devotes resources to external cladding inspections, according to a recent article in the Herald Sun.

The cladding inspections are in response to the 2014 Lacrosse fire at Melbourne's Docklands and the Grenfell Tower disaster in London earlier this year and driven by the Victorian Cladding Taskforce. It is an absolutely necessary activity, but one that is additionally directing resources away from other building and swimming pool safety programs.

The City of Moreland's building services unit sets targets to proactively audit 100 swimming pool barriers each year, an activity which it says is under threat due to additional demands imposed by the cladding audit.

In a report prepared by Council, it was suggested that state government funding assistance would help alleviate the issue.

The Victorian Cladding Taskforce had requested audits from City of Moreland, as well as Port Phillip, Greater Dandenong, Whittlesea and Monash councils under a pilot program, established to investigate and address the use of non-compliant building materials on Victorian buildings.

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