Opal Tower Turmoil | A Current Affair Australia

Opal Tower Turmoil | A Current Affair Australia



they were evacuated from their homes on Christmas Eve and many of the people who live in the Opel tower still aren't allowed back now on the eve of the state government report being released residents are demanding answers the you portal sold as a sparkling residential gym at Sydney's Olympic Park in this video on the developer's website so fellas he wants to buy a cheap apartment but the structural defects that have beset this so-called jewel has put the entire construction industry under the microscope with good reason tonight shocking new claims that the troubles here at Opel tower and merely the tip of the iceberg in an Australian construction industry with crumbling standards money breeds contempt if I can cut a corner and get away with a PI blow this whistle blurb brings down the hammer on an industry under fire gorilla no difficulty a game otherwise we're gonna end up like places like China their buildings come down on the dawn bridge collapses an industry plagued by cowboy operators I can't believe that it's happening oh sorry did we trust to put a reliable roof over our heads nationally about one in five for living apartments in ten years time but at what cost and who foots the bill when it all goes horribly wrong in a situation like this we look at breach of contract and negligence actions against those people who may have been involved in the construction the orders to evacuate the Opel tower is still being felt by many residents this rent is relying on an official all clear before believing it's safe to move back in if government say is okay I believe it you might believe it yeah but how do you know who to trust these days huh yeah it's a fair question according to Craig Walker a construction industry veteran of 38 years he believes the New South Wales government's promise to crack down on dodgy building certifiers in the wake of the Opel tower fiasco is a joke we've got ministers in portfolios that have no idea what they don't it needs to be done by group people that are in the construction industry have the experience have the knowledge the government is most viable and this is why recent shoddy work by a billion dollar developer in western Sydney cracked slabs crumbling concrete wonky walls and brick supports with no base I just wanted people to know that there are some very very it was out there that's quality of work that is slipping through the system well Lakoff courted slipping through the system whistle blower egg wok has supplied these exclusive pitches to occur interfere for legal reasons for now we've chosen not to name the company responsible for this questionable work which was signed off by private certifiers Craig Walker says residents have moved in and are at risk because of the third-rate construction that gets covered up early in the piece you know the problems there before anyone gets to suit it's covered up which if people were rip the tip broke off their walls and things like that they see major major defects why you're gonna rob that hey I'm telling you a Current Affair exposed the issue of private certifiers late last year asking this builder how this Melbourne townhouse complex was signed off by a private server when it had no power or gas look at the state you've left this place in look at the state seriously stop and have a chat if you've got nothing to hide do you seriously expect people to live in their place with no power no look you're responsible for the and you're the one leaving this mess back there why are you running away the private server told a Current Affair it gave the project a certificate of occupancy because the electrician had signed off on his own electrical work but the spark he was also ducking for cover hiding inside his clients house filled wire from the builders collective of Australia slammed the number of corner-cutting developers cashing in on the building boom and the lack of protection for homeowners just an absolute disgrace and an embarrassment to the building industry we have a problem and there's no recourse for consumers Opel tower apartment owners know the feeling they've been left with an asset they can't sell or rent add market value making matters worse in New South Wales new apartment buildings aren't covered by the homebuilding Compensation Fund it's incumbent upon those professionals and builders and developers to ensure that the highest possible standards are met Janne Sadler is the national special counsel for class sections at shine lawyers she says there's little alternative for affected owners other than a class action damages in a case like this not only include the cost of remedying or any out-of-pocket expenses associated with remedy the problem but there may also be a loss to the value of the property which is not insignificant in this case shines legal eagle is encouraging Opel tower owners like this woman to join the action I think nobody won't come back you know they worry about future you can't say these apartments is so safe now class actions against developers could become more common given the surge in apartment living this is Castle Hill used to be a suburban heartland detached homes everywhere not anymore it's apartment central just as we're seeing right across Sydney even in these outer suburbs demographer magma krendl says you'll be surprised at how many of us will be living in apartments within the next decade sydney leads the race with apartment living 28% of all residents living in apartment melbourne comes next at 15% and there we've got brisbane at 13% you've got Adelaide at 8% and Perth at 7% and nationally 15 percent of all residents live in apartments Sydney's really been driving that if we look at the future for Sydney within a decade we'll see a third of all residents living in apartments and nationally about one in five will live in apartments in 10 years time which is why whistleblower Craig Walker feels it's his duty to hammer a nail in the coffin of cowboy developers putting people's lives and livelihoods in risk we've always had a good standard ability you know to get back up to here get back to number one we work and we'll make sure investigating authorities know all about that substandard work you

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