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Cladding removal on track for public buildings

The first CEO of Victoria’s new building agency, Cladding Safety Victoria, has been appointed by Planning Minister Richard Wynne.

Cladding Safety Victoria (CSV) is on track to remove combustible cladding from the state’s highest risk public buildings by the end of the year.

The organisation, which was formed in 2019, is responsible for managing a $600 million funding package to ensure buildings with high-risk cladding are made safe and compliant.

CSV Chief Executive Dan O’Brien anticipates that the majority of government buildings in the program will be complete by the end of this year.

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“We are grateful for the ongoing support and cooperation of the departments and agencies responsible for these buildings which has enabled us to make rapid progress.”

Work is already complete on 60 public buildings, including 40 school buildings, eight Victoria Police stations, seven public housing complexes and Melbourne Arena.

Audits across departments identified 112 government buildings in scope for assistance from CSV. Of the remaining 52, works are currently underway on 10 buildings, while a further 42 are progressing through design and tender stages.

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