City of Busselton to replace cladding that is same material as Grenfell tower

City to replace flammable cladding

External cladding on the City of Busselton administration building will need to be replaced after a building investigation found it was the same material that was responsible for the Grenfell tower fire in London which killed 72 people in 2017.

The cladding was identified during a WA Government instigated state-wide cladding audit.

At the time of construction the city's building was compliant and held a Codemark Certificate of Conformity, which was revoked in 2019.

Since then city officers have been working with external consultants to conduct risk assessments and treatment options.

After an extensive review it was determined that partial replacement cladding is necessary.

City of Busselton acting chief executive Naomi Searle said managing risk at the city was a high priority and the safety of their customers and staff was of the highest importance.

"Replacing the external cladding is the only viable option given the outcomes of the investigations and state-wide cladding audit," she said.

There is no state or federal government funding currently available to assist with the costs of replacing the cladding, with the city to fund the costs from its Civic and Administration Building reserve.

The city is seeking advice regarding compensation for these costs.

Tenders close on Thursday September 23, 2021 and details can be obtained by registering with tenderlink.com/busselton.

In February this year, the Victorian Government banned flammable aluminum composite panels and rendered expanded polystyrene from being used on external walls on future developments.