In a bid to create more work for Victorian builders, the Andrews government will accelerate the removal of dangerous flammable cladding from apartments across the state.
Over the past two decades, thousands of buildings across Australia have been built with cladding which after a series of fires both locally and internationally, has been found to be highly flammable.
The state government is spending $600 million to fix the cladding on private apartments and had planned to fund repair works on up to 100 buildings a year. On Tuesday Planning Minister Richard Wynne announced this workload would double, in order to help keep builders afloat and revive an economy stalled by the coronavirus pandemic.
But Mr Wynne said that only reputable builders would be eligible for the accelerated rectification works. “Those found to have done the wrong thing will not be able to participate,” Mr Wynne said.