The fallout from cracks in Sydney’s Opal Tower has now reached $37 million, with the builder stumping up almost $4m for the developer. Bills caused by cracking in Sydney’s Opal Tower now exceed $37 million after a court settled a battle between the complex’s developer and builder. Builder Icon Co has agreed to pay a…

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Since terrifying cracks in masonry forced the evacuation of the Opal Tower apartment block in Homebush it has been clear that something must be done to raise the quality of buildings in NSW. Yet 13 months later not much has changed. The NSW government released a draft bill in November with measures to rebuild consumer…

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SOUTHEAST Queensland has been shrouded in smoke yet again as fires continue to rage in NSW. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the smoke was largely coming from the fires south of the border. It said if the smoke was affecting you, close windows and doors and stay inside. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Alexander Maschrowski…

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Australia’s first passive house built to the highest bushfire rating has been unveiled in the midst of an early start to the bushfire season, as experts gather to advise residents on fire safety. When Joe and Merylese Mercieca began building solar passive homes 15 years ago, architects, suppliers, and contractors told them it would not…

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More than 450,000 rental properties in Queensland are affected by new smoke alarm laws, which could see landlords paying up to $2000 for new smoke alarms – or risk being unable to tenant their dwellings. Every rental property in Queensland must meet the new smoke alarm rules by 31st December 2021; to meet this deadline,…

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A Mandurah tradie has been hailed a hero after he saved an elderly woman from a raging house fire on Tuesday night. Darren Kyle Hunter smashed a glass door and rushed inside the home, risking his own life, to drag the unconscious 60-year-old resident outside of the inferno. “I could hear something or someone inside…

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Melbourne’s Neo200 building was plagued by safety failures including fire alarms that didn’t work, a lack of fire-rated doors and a flat battery inside the building’s crucial fire indicator panel, a key fire investigator has revealed. While the 43-storey Neo200 tower only had 1.5 per cent of its facade covered in combustible polyethylene-core cladding and…

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An elderly man has died and another left homeless after a ferocious fire tore through two duplex properties in Brisbane’s northern suburbs. Emergency fire crews were called to a home in Sandgate today after concerned neighbours noticed smoke streaming out from inside the property. “It was moving pretty fast – it all went up pretty…

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