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Surveyor suspended for approving flammable cladding on five towers

A building surveyor who signed off on five multi-storey developments with combustible cladding has been suspended and could face further disciplinary action.

The Victorian Building Authority confirmed on Monday it had immediately suspended the surveyor on “public interest grounds”.

Flammable cladding on the Neo 200 apartment tower in Spencer Street burnt in February. The tower will now get public funding to remove any remaining flammable cladding.

Flammable cladding on the Neo 200 apartment tower in Spencer Street burnt in February. The tower will now get public funding to remove any remaining flammable cladding.Credit:3AW

The Andrews government has committed $600 million to fix the state’s flammable cladding crisis with the dangerous material used on hundreds of buildings.

However, the authority refused to name the building surveyor who has been given 28 days to “show cause” as to why they should not face further sanctions.

The surveyor faces financial penalties or even a permanent ban if it fails to respond adequately to the authority’s show cause notice.

It is now the surveyor’s responsibility to notify clients with active permits that he had been suspended.

Victorian Building Authority operations executive director Mark Rossiter said the surveyor had repeatedly approved the use of the dangerous materials and had a history of disciplinary action.

“The VBA’s action will ensure this building surveyor cannot continue to sign off on non-compliant building work and jeopardise the safety of Victorians,” he said.

The authority did not disclose where the developments were located.

In February, the Neo 200 apartment building in Spencer Street caught fire after flammable cladding was set alight.

It is one of 15 high-risk buildings to receive government funding so repair work can be done quickly.

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