Strata warning over renovations and upgrades in Aussie towers

first_imgThe burnt out upper floors at remains of the Grenfell Tower block in north Kensington, west London on June 22, 2017. Picture: AFP/Niklas HallenTHE terror of London’s Grenfell Tower fire should be a wakeup call for Australian unit owners, experts warn, with some buildings already known to be non-compliant.Archers the Strata Professionals director Colin Archer said owners should be investigating fire safety compliance of their buildings.Among those who should re-evaluate were people who had renovated or upgraded their apartment or building, he said.“Many people will put in a security door, install or remove internal partitions, or have a deadlock or peephole installed, without realising this could interfere with the doors fire-safety, rendering it non-compliant with regulations.”“We recommend before any planned changes to a building are set in stone, particularly amendments to stairwells and lifts, a private certifier should be engaged to ensure the changes will not impinge on fire safety.”Mr Archer said it was cladding that caused the Lacrosse fire in Melbourne’s Docklands just three years ago, where the cost was estimated at $15million or $50,000 per apartment.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoA general view of the Lacrosse building in the Docklands on June 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesThe Insulated Panel Council Australasia said Queensland’s laws involving high rise building safety were beefed up as recently as May by the State Parliament.The new laws were designed to prevent the use of non-conforming construction products in Queensland and lower the risk of building fires, according to IPCA chief executive Ron Lawson.“That’s not to say fires can’t happen, but we as an industry are doing everything we can to minimise the risk. Building regulations should improve safety, health and amenity. Getting legislators to put rules in place and then industry following them with the rules or legislation being enforced, is crucial to building safety and that’s what is happening.”He said “audits have already been done on cladding materials used in high-rise buildings in Australia”, and acknowledged there were some non-compliant buildings that were not built to code.“We don’t need new audits of those buildings as has been suggested, but we could have better qualified people take another look at them and make recommendations on prioritising the replacement of non-compliant material,” he said.Mr Archer warned that bodies corporate needed to know what their situation was, regardless of whether the remedy came at a substantial cost or valuation downgrade to the building.“We will closely monitor the dilemma facing legislators in coming to a workable solution to provide tighter regulation, knowing that in instances where the building products are found to be faulty after the expiry of the defects period there is unlikely to be any building insurance remedy, with the repair cost to be at the owners’ expense.”last_img read more

College World Series 2019: Michigan first Big Ten team in 50-plus years to reach finals

first_imgCinderella Michigan keeps rolling in the College World Series.The Wolverines, one of the last four teams to make this year’s NCAA Baseball Tournament, clinched a spot the championship finals Friday with a 15-3 victory over Texas Tech in Omaha, Neb. They will face Vanderbilt in a best-of-three series beginning Monday. Henry, Kauffmann and reliever Jeff Criswell have been the only three pitchers used by Michigan during the College World Series. Criswell worked the final three innings Friday for the save.BENDER: Michigan puts Big Ten baseball on the map in OmahaMichigan’s unexpected run began with winning a regional hosted by defending champion Oregon State. The Wolverines then took down No. 1 overall seed UCLA in the super regionals. They are 3-0 in Omaha have lost just twice in the NCAA Tournament. UM is the first Big Ten school to make a College World Series final since Ohio State in 1966. The Buckeyes won the championship that year.Michigan (48-20) began the day in the driver’s seat. It needed to beat the Red Raiders just once to reach the finals, while Texas Tech needed to beat Michigan on Friday and Saturday in the double-elimination format. The Wolverines fell behind 3-2 in the top of the second inning but then took the lead in the bottom half and never looked back. They scored two runs in each of the first three innings and then blew the game open with five runs in the sixth. First baseman Jimmy Kerr became the first Wolverine to hit two home runs in a College World Series game, while center fielder Jesse Franklin added three hits and four RBIs. MORE: Full College World Series scheduleFormidable starting pitching by Tommy Henry and Karl Kauffmann has been key to the team’s dominance since the beginning of regional play. The duo has allowed 13 earned runs in 53 1/3 innings (2.13 ERA), with Kauffmann allowing three over six innings Friday to earn the win. Henry (Diamondbacks) and Kauffmann (Rockies) were selected 74th and 77th overall, respectively, in the 2019 MLB Draft.last_img read more

WDFW Approves Six Days of Razor Clam Digging Starting Friday, March…

first_imgFacebook63Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeRazor clam diggers can round up their shovels, clam guns and tubes for a six-day dig beginning March 6. State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a dig on evening low tides after recent marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:March 6, Friday, 4:11 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 7, Saturday, 4:59 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 8, Sunday, 6:43 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 9, Monday, 7:25 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 10, Tuesday, 8:06 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 11, Wednesday, 8:46 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisNo digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.“With abundant clams and smaller crowds, this time of year is great for digging enthusiasts,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “The sun is setting later as spring approaches and diggers who head out early often fill their bags before dark.”For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through April, please see our razor clam webpage.WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing. Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. To see videos of WDFW’s sustainable management work for razor clam seasons, visit our razor clam page.WDFW is also asking razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on the perennial question: Which is better, clam gun or shovel? To register support for a favored digging method, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the spring season.Although weather conditions are beginning to improve, diggers should still be prepared for Pacific Northwest weather. “It always pays to be prepared for a variety of conditions when visiting our ocean beaches,” said Ayres. “Warm layers, waterproof or moisture-wicking clothing and a good light source are supplies that are useful year-round.”All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ( For more information, see read more