30 JULY 2019
Owners of units in Sydney’s troubled Opal Tower are suing the NSW government for compensation, the Premier has this morning confirmed. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she doesn’t “blame anybody” for taking legal action after a building flaw resulting in a large crack saw residents of the tower evacuated on Christmas Eve last year.
“This is an unfortunate set of circumstances. We inherited the system we have today and we’re aiming to fix it by the end of the year through legislation,” she said. According to research by Deakin University, 97 per cent of new high-rise apartment buildings in NSW have some form of defect. It’s something the executive officer of the Owners Corporation Network, Karen Stiles has described as a “quiet haemorrhaging”.
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