Enduring Solution Progress

Enduring Solution Update #3 - 22 July 2016

The third Indicative Demolition Schedule was publicly released on 29 July 2016. It targeted 350 total demolitions for 2016. This figure reflects the current speed of the demolition program.

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Background

Through the ACT Government's voluntary Buyback and Demolition Program an enduring solution is being provided for the Canberra community, being suburbs free from houses contaminated with loose fill asbestos insulation or "Mr Fluffy".

To do this, the Taskforce planned to demolish approximately 1000 affected houses across 57 established Canberra suburbs over three years with the assistance of industry and the support of the community. In addition, a small number of assisted private and self-funded demolitions are taking place by owners.

The demolition activity through the Government's program is highly coordinated to ensure the program is delivered safely, efficiently and effectively and disruption is minimised for the broader community.

Following the demolition pilot in mid 2015, the demolition program began in August 2015 and the first indicative demolition schedule was released on 28 August 2015. The schedules will be updated publicly every six months.

Scheduling of demolitions remains a complex and challenging task that needs to balance a range of conflicting interests. This can include properties in bushfire zones, those located in cluster areas, properties with complexities such as being unit-titled or heritage as well as those in which owners are seeking a First Right of Refusal to return and rebuild on the remediated block. All these are balanced against industry capacity and other external factors.

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