Evacuated residents of a cracked Sydney apartment building are hoping to get some answers from authorities as they grapple with the uncertainty of temporary accommodation and repair bills.
Mascot Towers, in the city’s south, was vacated on Friday night after engineers became concerned about cracks in the primary support structure and facade masonry of the 10-year-old building on Bourke Street.
Updates in the days that followed announced about half of the 122 units are considered partly accessible and residents can re-enter briefly to collect personal items under escort from management and security.
All of the other units fall in the non-accessible zone and cannot be entered at any time, along with car parks, recreational areas and some businesses.
The most recent update from building management, in an email sent on Monday evening, said meetings were organised for later this week to discuss reports about the structure.
A panel of experts, including Mascot Towers’ appointed engineer, building management, strata management and committee members, building construction lawyers, NSW Fair Trading and an insurance broker, will take questions from owners on Thursday night.
The email reiterated that a claim on the building’s insurance policy to fund temporary accommodation had been knocked back.
It’s unclear who will have to foot the bill for the repairs, with one advocacy group for owners in strata schemes claiming it will fall on the owners because the building is too old for warranty cover.
The evacuation has reignited the debate about the integrity of Sydney’s high-density living just months after the Opal Tower, in Homebush Bay, faced a similar structural defect.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday promised legislation to overhaul the building and construction industry would be introduced to parliament this week with a view of passing by the end of the year.