Four private buildings in WA require remedial works because external cladding poses a fire hazard.
However, the State Government says it’s not in the public interest to identify them.
The four buildings, which are three storeys or higher, contain apartments and at least one is a hotel. One is in Perth CBD, one is in the Peel region and two are in the Pilbara.
The buildings failed detailed risk assessments as part of a Statewide cladding audit being conducted by the WA Building Commission in the wake of London’s Grenfell Tower blaze, which killed 72 people in June last year.
Building Commissioner Faj Khan cited security and privacy reasons for not identifying them. The seven government buildings requiring similar remedial works have all been revealed.
New Commerce Minister John Quigley said property owners had been kept informed and were “addressing the combustible cladding”.
“It is the responsibility of building owners or their agents to inform the occupants,” he said. “The building commissioner, whose powers are being exercised to carry out the audit, is bound by confidentiality and cannot disclose information obtained in the performance of his functions without the written consent of the person to whom the information relates.
“If there is a public interest in doing so, the building commissioner is able to issue a warning about any matter which adversely affects the interests of consumers.
“The owners of the four buildings referred to the local government permit authorities are at various stages of addressing the combustible cladding on their facades … In the case of the four buildings … the building commissioner has formed a view that it is not in the public interest to publish a statement identifying or warning about those buildings.
“This takes into account that all building owners are aware of the progress of the audit of their buildings and the potential arson risk that arises if the location of buildings with combustible cladding is published. All owners are acting responsibly to resolve the cladding concerns.”
Building Commissioner Faj Khan said the four buildings had been referred to relevant local government authorities after detailed risk assessments. Another 149 buildings have been “cleared” in the audit so far.
Mr Khan said further action on the four buildings “may not necessarily involve major work when a range of factors are considered, such as how and where the cladding is used, as well as existing or strengthened fire safety mechanisms”.
Mr Khan said anyone with a genuine interest in a property, including a prospective purchaser, would be provided information on request. In September, The Sunday Times revealed the new head office for WA’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services in Cockburn was among seven government buildings requiring remedial works because of hazardous cladding. The work was due to start this month.