Council to push for cladding investigation

Campbelltown Council will push for an investigation into cladding used in Campbelltown developments after calls from councillor Ben Moroney were supported this week.

The Greens councillor called on Campbelltown Council to investigate the feasibility of carrying out checks on medium and high density developments in the area to confirm they were not constructed with the same flammable cladding which contributed to the devastation of the Grenfell Tower fire in London last month.

More than 80 people lost their lives in the inferno which struck the 26-storey building on June 14 and the cladding used on the tower is believed to have made the fire spread more rapidly.

“It’s been confirmed developments in Australia have used the same cladding used at Grenfell,” Cr Moroney said.

“Council needs to be proactive and engage in a process to guarantee the safety of our residents.”

Cr Moroney raised his motion at Tuesday’s council meeting, requesting the council deliver a report on buildings in the area that may have used the cladding and create a plan to minimise risk to the community. 

He said the council “can’t wait” for possible national or state investigations into cladding and must act immediately.

However, his calls were not supported by the rest of the council.

Liberal councillor George Greiss spoke in opposition to the motion.

“This tragedy happened in England and unfortunately we’re talking about it here,” he said.

“None of [what happened] has anything to do with Campbelltown.

“A lot of people have the responsibility to look at [cladding] and provide fire safety for our residents.

“That is someone else’s job and we shouldn’t tell them we want them to do this or that.

“We as a council can’t do anything about it if [this cladding] does or does not exist in Campbelltown.

“I’m not sure why it was even brought up in this chamber.”

Cr Moroney argued it was, in fact, “well within [their] role as a council to oversee the safety of developments within the LGA”.

“We owe it to the community to investigate this and keep them safe,” he said.

Cr Moroney’s motion was ultimately amended by Labor councillor Karen Hunt and it was decided the council would write to local members requesting an “urgent state government investigation into the use of the same of similar cladding material” as the Grenfell Tower in Campbelltown.

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