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AustraliaWhat we know about the Mascot Towers cracks

08:31  15 june  2019
08:31  15 june  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Do you know more? Email [email protected] A temporary shelter has been established at Mascot Town Hall, on the corner of Coward Road and Botany Road The newly-built tower in Sydney Olympic Park was evacuated on Christmas Eve last year after cracks were found in

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Engineers are assessing a high-rise unit block in the Sydney suburb of Mascot that was evacuated on Friday night after cracks were found in the building's car park.

Hundreds of residents had to find alternative accommodation with friends and family or pay for hotels and it is not known when they will be able to return.

Building managers initially said about 70 per cent of the units would need to be evacuated, but that was later changed to the whole building.

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What we know

What we know about the Mascot Towers cracks © ABC News opal Mascot Towers, at 1-5 Bourke Street, is 10 years old and features 131 units across two towers in a complex which also includes ground-floor shops and restaurants.

In a letter from building management, residents were told an engineer inspected cracking that had developed in the "transfer slab beams supporting the primary building corner".

"Following the inspection, the engineer raised concerns over the safety for residents in the building," the letter read.

In a notice from the apartment block's strata on June 13, residents were told about the installation of temporary building props in the carpark.

"This is in response to an ongoing and persistent cracking and structural deformation observed within the primary support structure and the facade masonry," the notice read.

Mascot Towers residents locked out for fifth day as engineers struggle to find cause of cracks

Mascot Towers residents locked out for fifth day as engineers struggle to find cause of cracks There is a "crisis of confidence" in the NSW building industry following the second emergency evacuation of an apartment block in Sydney in six months, the Insurance Council of Australia and Federal Government warns.

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State opposition leader Michael Daley returned to the crumbling Opal Tower in Sydney Olympic Park to ask why Gladys Berejiklian and her planning minister Emergency services were called to the Opal Tower at Sydney Olympic Park on Monday after those living in the recently completed building heard

"This deterioration has been rapid, hence expedited propping was deemed a necessary precaution to ensure the safety of the building and its occupants."

Residents were told to evacuate by 9pm on Friday night and emergency services were called to assist with the situation.

What's happening now?

What we know about the Mascot Towers cracks © ABC News beams The assistant commissioner of operational capability from Fire and Rescue NSW, Roger Mentha, said work had been taking place on the building for the past six weeks.

"At this stage, the engineers need to look at the cracks in those beams while the residents aren't there," he said.

"Then they can do an analysis on whether there's been any movements."

He said the initial stage of investigation at the vacated property was expected to take days.

"Then they will be able to give further advice to the residents about how long it will take to rectify."

Where are the residents?

What we know about the Mascot Towers cracks © ABC News crack A temporary shelter for the building's residents has been set up at Mascot Town Hall.

'You've done diddly squat': Alan Jones slams Gladys Berejiklian for not acting sooner to help residents of the cracked Mascot Towers

'You've done diddly squat': Alan Jones slams Gladys Berejiklian for not acting sooner to help residents of the cracked Mascot Towers Residents of the 131-apartment block in Sydney were kicked out on Friday because cracks in the building put their lives in danger. As the Mascot Towers building is 11 years old, the residents will have to pay up to $1million for repairs themselves. Mr Jones questioned the NSW Premier on what the government had done to assist those residents who now faced having to fork out for a repair bill, mortgage and rent for temporary accommodation. 'Can you put yourself in the position of these people and say ''how the hell can I manage let alone look into a future with any hope?''' he asked.

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The building's strata committee has told residents that in anticipation of not being able to access their apartments they should seek alternative accommodation.

It also said it was unknown at this stage whether there would be any insurance coverage for temporary accommodation.

Six months on from the Opal Tower

What we know about the Mascot Towers cracks © ABC News tower A number of cracks were identified in the 36-storey Opal Tower in Sydney's Olympic Park on Christmas Eve last year, forcing the evacuation of 3,000 residents from its 392 units.

That building was completed in August 2018.

Engineers said there had been movement of the building and an exclusion zone around the property was set up as a precaution in the event of a collapse.

The Berejiklian Government said in response it would tighten regulation of building certifiers, including conducting audits and banning certifiers found to have signed off structurally unsound buildings.

A report into the complex found it had been constructed with "lower-strength concrete" and "under designed" support beams which left them prone to bursting.

In April, the chairman of the owners' corporation, Shady Eskander, said it would likely be months before residents in the affected apartments would be allowed to return.

State government gives emergency funding to Mascot Tower residents.
Residents of the 132 units will be given financial support for accommodation expenses via a no-interest loan.

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