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Hundreds of NSW buildings have ‘cladding risk’

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The NSW Cladding Taskforce has reviewed 185,000 buildings, identifying 435 as potentially high risk.

More than 70 people died when fire ripped through flammable cladding on London’s Grenfell Tower last year, and similar materials have been widely used in Australian cities.

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean says 22,500 hours of work has gone into inspecting buildings across the state.

“Our whole-of-government response to the issue of dangerous cladding has been more comprehensive than any other state in Australia; 185,000 buildings have been reviewed by the Cladding Taskforce since the multi-agency group was established a year ago,” he said.

“We’ve also sent out 33,000 letters to building owners, residents and local councils, and passed tough new laws banning unsafe building products.

“I’m confident we can avoid a tragedy similar to what we saw in Grenfell. We will continue doing everything possible to keep NSW residents safe.”