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Melbourne block ordered to remove cladding

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Owners of the Anstey Square building in the inner-northern Melbourne suburb of Brunswick have been ordered to remove flammable cladding around fire hydrants and hoses within two months.

Moreland City Council also wants additional sprinklers installed on every balcony within three months. The building has 105 apartments, plus commercial and retail space.

The safety works order follows an inspection of buildings by the Victorian Cladding Taskforce following the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Around 1400 buildings were found to have the cladding.

“The Anstey Square building is the first building to produce a risk rating that merits an immediate building order,” the council says. “It has been assessed in conjunction with experts from the Victorian Building Authority, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and fire safety engineers from the Victorian Cladding Taskforce.”