Building and Construction
Building defects in apartment blocks like those found in Sydney's Opal Tower are far from unusual. We need to identify the systemic flaws contributing to them.
The Opal Tower interim report, written by some of the state's most senior independent engineers after a more than two weeks of investigation, went some way in giving residents answers as to what went wrong.
Engineers engaged by the NSW Government say damaged beams need to be repaired and strengthened in the 34-storey Opal Tower, which was evacuated just before Christmas after a large crack was found.
A group of tradesmen strip off their high-vis and embrace their cheeky side to raise awareness for suicide prevention in regional WA.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner is confronted by an angry businesswoman while attempting to spruik his Government's construction sector stimulus program.
Australian construction trends are looking bleak as the number of building approvals fall by almost a third since last year — with the number of new apartment development plans halving.
Some residents of Sydney's damaged Opal Tower are facing up to six more weeks living in a hotel before they find out if their apartment is safe, while others say they have been left out of pocket paying for alternative accommodation.