City of Melbourne admits it did not issue a permit for the CUB hoarding that collapsed killing three people

The Melbourne City Council today admitted that it did not issue a permit for the hoarding at the former CUB Swanston Square site that collapsed liking three people.

In  its carefully crafted public statement the City of Melbourne said  “we can confirm that the City of Melbourne has not issued a permit for the structure attached to the wall” The Council deliberately going out of its way to avoid calling the “structure:” a hoarding. The reason is simple. If it is considered a hoarding then the council is responsible of overseeing its design and construction.

The plywood “structure” that collapsed and was attached to the masonry wall was most defiantly a hoarding and any attempt by the City Council to try and reclassify it will come unstuck.

There was a 22 meter section of 3m hoarding to the left of the collapsed wall that was a lightly supported structure designed to fence off the building site from Swanston Street.  This fence can not be seen as anything else but a hoarding and falls within the definition of a hoarding as outlined in the Council local laws and Construction Management guidelines.

The plywood hoarding was attached to the brick wall which collapsed when a gust of wind caused it to topple.  There is wide speculation that the hoarding contributed to the walls collapse

The City of Melbourne has a statutory duty and obligation to ensure that all  building sites, within the City of Melbourne, are inspected and do not pose a risk to public safety.

The accident which killed three innocent people on Thursday March 28 is currently the subject of an investigation by the  Coroner, WorkSafe and the Building Commission.

It is unclear if either investigation will examine the role and responsibility of the City of Melbourne.

The City Council today refused to consider a request for an investigation into the City Council’s role and obligation surrounding this accident.  Cr Steven Mayne in reply claimed that “calls for an investigation was just grandstanding

Engaging in pass the baton, failing to acknowledge responsibility or refusing to be held accountable does little to restore confidence in the Council’s administration.

Doyle Cherry Picks Port Phillip

Melbourne City Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, has called for a take over of Fisherman’s Bend precinct on the banks of the Yarra with the land being encompassed within the City of Melbourne’s Boundaries.

Doyle’s Cherry Picking proposal should be rejected.,

What is needed is a more comprehensive review of the inner City boundaries. There needs to be a discussion of a  full merger of the City of Port Phillip, the City of Yarra, and the former city of Prahran and the City of Melbourne.  All have a common community of interest.

The Kennett State Government’s previous reforms of Local Government was poorly considered and should have included an expanded City of Melbourne taking in the four inner City State seats of Albert Park, Richmond, Prahran and Melbourne would be a better option than the proposal put forward by Robert Doyle

A newly constituted Melbourne City Council should consists of 21 members  (3 wards by 7 Councillors or 7 wards by 3 Councillors)