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Climate change driver of Black Summer bushfires, commission finds

By ALLISON HORE Findings from the Bushfire Royal Commission’s report claim, “in no uncertain terms”, climate change fuelled the Black Summer bushfires. A Royal Commission investigating the causes and effects of last year’s Black Summer bushfires was formally established on the 20th of February 2020. Over the course of the royal commission, almost 2,000 submissions […]

Combustible cladding costly and contentious

by Allison Hore   More than 185,000 buildings in NSW have been investigated for the presence of flammable cladding which resulted in rapid spread of fire in a number of highly publicised incidents. The multi-agency Cladding Taskforce was established mid last year to review buildings suspected of having unsafe cladding installed. “To date, 2,388 buildings […]

City failed to act on Alexandria property complaint

The City of Sydney Council failed to act on a complaint regarding the industrial site at Burrows Road in Alexandria prior to the fire that destroyed the property in the early hours of last Wednesday, June 2. The fire exposed an illegal boarding house for international students living in the inner city, the likes of […]