High-risk, flammable cladding is covering the headquarters of Victoria’s planning department which has to been given an Metropolitan Fire Brigade hotline in case of an emergency.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has been charged with identifying dangerous cladding on buildings across the state but it’s own base on Melbourne’s Nicholson Street is covered with the hazardous material.
‘The Dexus-owned building has been determined safe to occupy by regulators including the MFB, but further works may be required to address non-compliant cladding,’ a department spokesman said.
‘A range of increased fire prevention measures are in place,’ he said.
The building is now subject to increased security patrols, 24-hour video monitoring and reduced ‘external risks’ after the threat was identified on December 1, the same day the Victorian Cladding Taskforce released its interim report.
The building owners have told the department they will fix the panels.