NSW Auditor-General Margaret Crawford made the finding in a review of reforms targeting unsafe cladding since the material supercharged London’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in 2017.

Crawford said identification of buildings in the immediate aftermath was hampered by a lack of building records, but found the rate at which buildings are being added to the cladding register is falling.

Owner’s Corporation Network spokesman Stephen Goddard said he believed the government had been “less than energetic” in enforcing the removal of cladding because of the exorbitant cost. Owners corporations are not seeking a free ride, but this threat to life safety has been thrust on them. Nobody knew cladding was flammable at the time of installation, that must be acknowledged. But the fact remains it is a flammable product, and it has to be removed.”

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Lucy Cormack
Sydney Morning Herald