FEARS that combustible cladding is rife in highrise buildings in Burwood is sparking calls for more council powers to hold dodgy developers to account.
The London Grenfell tower tragedy that left 80 people dead has prompted Burwood Council to launch an investigation into noncompliant building materials in residential complexes across the municipality.
The investigation comes after admissions the council does not hold records of potentially defective cladding that could be contained in privately owned buildings.
Mayor John Faker said the audit has already identified one highrise building in central Burwood that required testing and there were fears dozens more could be at risk.
Cr Faker said the crackdown, however, had been “hindered” by lack of powers at the council’s disposal to require strata owners and body corporates to agree to site inspections.
Strathfield state Labor MP Jodi McKay said: “Burwood is the epicentre for highrise, but there is still no way for the council to go to strata, take cladding and have it tested.
“We still don’t know where these buildings are and who will pick up the bill to make sure they are safe.”