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14 May 2017 Posted by 

PRIVATE CERTIFIERS UNDER QUESTION

HILLS Mayor, Yvonne Keane is calling on the State Government to review the Building Professionals Board and its code of conduct for private certifiers.
 
This follows a case in Castle Hill put residents' lives at risk.
 
An inspection by Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) on a unit complex on Garthowen Crescent revealed numerous fire safety deficiencies within the building including an insufficient fire hydrant booster assembly, lack of fire hose reels and an unsatisfactory evacuation route from the building during an emergency.
 
“There have been numerous instances where Council has been forced to act because of errors made by private certifiers. It is particularly alarming when the issues relate to multi-million dollar developments, jeopardising the safety of the occupants of the premises,” Mayor Keane said.
 
“Council has consistently argued against the use of private certifiers because they remove the independence from the building inspection/certifying process. 
 
Council plans to write to the Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts MP and the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean MP requesting investigations be conducted into the standard of certification of apartment buildings and the actions of the Building Professionals Board in relation to apartment buildings errors being passed on as acceptable by private 


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