10 February 2020

The NSW Building Commissioner has warned a major fix to the state’s residential construction crisis is two years away, as fresh cracks emerged in Sydney’s troubled Mascot Towers apartment block. In an interview with the Herald, David Chandler admitted he had been “a bit despondent” after visiting some “pretty awful” construction sites in recent weeks.

“There are some really regrettable things out there that abhor me,” he said. “We’ll be in a much better position by 2022 once we’ve started to change the culture of the industry and get people back to what they should be doing.”

Owners Corporation Network executive officer Karen Stiles was pleased the building commissioner was “attacking the problem on a number of fronts” but said “building quality is an absolute issue”.

“Most of our members come to us because of building defects. I’ve had people crying, there are people who are suicidal about these things. We’ve got a long way to go,” she said.

Sydney Morning Herald
Megan Gorrey

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