Two Mandurah buildings found with potentially flammable cladding

The Grenfell Tower fire in London in June, 2017, cost the lives of 72 people. Photo: File image.
The Grenfell Tower fire in London in June, 2017, cost the lives of 72 people. Photo: File image.

The state government has conducted an audit to identify dangerous cladding on buildings, identifying two high-rise apartments in Mandurah with potentially flammable panels.

The audit was commissioned by the state government after the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London, which resulted in 72 deaths in June 2017.

It is believed the rapid spread of fire was caused by recently installed cladding on the buildings exterior.

In the Peel region, 122 buildings were audited, with 10 requiring detailed risk assessments.

Of these, eight buildings required no further action and two were identified with dangerous cladding and were referred to the local government.

But, a Department of Mines and Regulation Safety spokeswoman said the department could not name the buildings, or comment on individual matters for privacy and security reasons.

"After a building has been referred to the permit authority (local government), further assessments such as fire engineering reports will determine what remediation, if any, is required at a particular site," she said.

"As a general rule, any work that may be required on a building's facade is unlikely to result in the displacement of residents."

The Shire of Serpentine and Jarrahdale, Boddington, Waroona and Murray said no buildings had been referred to their local governments.

A City of Mandurah spokeswoman said the issue was global, impacting both public and private building owners.

"The City will work with the relevant owners and authorities to ensure buildings are made safe as requested by the DMIRS," she said.

In total, 52 buildings across Western Australia have been referred to their local government for dangerous cladding.

A state government spokesman said they were not offering financial assistance to private building owners.

"Western Australian taxpayers should not have to pay for mistakes of builders and developers," he said.

The spokesman said they had assisted private building owners with the assessment of buildings.

"The McGowan government's state-wide cladding audit has eliminated 423 buildings from further review without any cost to building owners," he said.

The spokesman said the state government, through DMIRS, would be contacting owners of residential buildings referred for further action with an offer to meet and discuss the process of remediation in more detail.