11 September 2019

Stop-work notice issued on Woden development site

| Lachlan Roberts
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Access Canberra has slapped a stop-work notice on a development site in Woden on Wednesday afternoon (11 September) after it is alleged that building work had taken place without approval.

Access Canberra did not reveal the location of the construction site but said it was the site of eight dwellings on a consolidated block of land in the Woden area.

It is alleged that work had occurred despite the fact that the building had not received approval.

ACT Construction Occupations Registrar Ben Green said it was frustrating that parts of the industry are still not getting the message when it came to ensuring works undertaken were done so with the correct approvals.

“A building approval is not a ‘nice to have’ or negotiable – it is the law,” Mr Green said. “The building approval process confirms that proposed building work meets building standards, including for the fire safety, structural soundness and accessibility of a building.

“Works must not start unless the approval is in place however this incident today unfortunately again demonstrates that some builders are not getting the fundamentals right.

“We will continue to investigate this matter, but this acts as a further reminder that we will take action where it is identified that building work has occurred without the required approvals in place.”

Access Canberra said the stop-work notice would remain in place until it was satisfied that all approvals were in place.


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