Darlington Sydney Kevin Anderson media stunt backfires NSW

Darlington Sydney Kevin Anderson media stunt backfires NSW


Farcical moment ‘Minister for Better Regulation’ had flammable cladding stripped from an unit block for lame media stunt – only for tradies to secretly put the dangerous material BACK ON when the cameras left

  • Problem highlighted by the Grenfell Tower fire in London, where 72 people died
  • Labor opposition says the minister removing cladding was ‘just a publicity stunt’
  • Building Commissioner tells a different story to Minister for Better Regulation










A minister has been left red-faced after his media stunt involving the removal of dangerous and flammable cladding backfired – with tradies working on the block to put it back on when the cameras left.  

The building in Darlington, inner Sydney, was identified as a potential death trap due to its cladding after the Grenfell Tower fire in London in June 2017, when 72 people died. 

Four weeks ago Kevin Anderson, the NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation helped tradesmen strip a building of its flammable cladding.

‘Project Remediate is the plan we’ve been working on for quite some time, so to get here today is quite significant,’ he said.  

Kevin Anderson, the NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, helped tradesmen (above) strip a building of its flammable cladding

Kevin Anderson, the NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, helped tradesmen (above) strip a building of its flammable cladding

But a month later, the same cladding ceremoniously ripped off while the TV cameras rolled has been screwed back on. 

Opposition Labor Party leader Chris Minns asked Mr Anderson in NSW parliament if ‘when the TV cameras left, did your officials bolt the removed, dangerous, flammable cladding back on the building?’

‘Not to my knowledge,’ Mr Anderson replied. 

But David Chandler NSW Building Commissioner told a different story to a parliamentary committee. 

‘We put the cladding back on for the time being,’ he said. 

‘We wanted to lift it all up and have a look and see what’s there.’

Four weeks after the cladding was removed in front of the TV cameras, it has been bolted back on

Four weeks after the cladding was removed in front of the TV cameras, it has been bolted back on 

Mr Chandler said the cladding will be replaced, eventually, but first they need to do design work and order the replacement materials. 

Courtney Houssos, Labor’s shadow minister for better regulation, accused the government of a shameless publicity stunt. 

‘The TV cameras stopped rolling and this dangerous flammable cladding went back onto the building,’ she told Channel Nine

There are 155 buildings in Sydney deemed high risk that are waiting for their cladding to be removed. 

But in Victoria, the same type of dangerous cladding has already been taken off 40 buildings and work is underway on another 117. 

The Grenfell Tower fire in London, where 72 people died, highlighted the problem of dangerous cladding in Australia and around the world

The Grenfell Tower fire in London, where 72 people died, highlighted the problem of dangerous cladding in Australia and around the world

‘The NSW Government can’t point to a single building which has been remediated, more than four years since the Grenfell Tower tragedy.’ 

The government said all the high risk apartment buildings in Sydney will be fixed by the end of 2023 – six and a half years after the Grenfell disaster highlighted the issue. 

‘To fix the buildings, you have to actually understand the problem that needs to be solved,’ Mr Anderson said. 

‘You get one shot, you pull it off, you put the right stuff back on. That takes time, to keep those people safe.’ 





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