Repost of article on jondrane.net dated 4 April 2019
The ‘Defects Dilemma Initiative’ which helps bring peace of mind to high rise apartment owners due to fear of dangerous defects, today obtained a formal positive Ministerial level response and Departmental Recognition from the Department of Finance Services & Innovation Department dated 3 April 2019.
The endorsement was issued in a letter by Mr John Tansey, Executive Director, Regulatory Policy
Better Regulation Division. John is also a Board Member of the Building Professional’s Board.
The letter was in response to Dr Drane’s written submission to the Minister for Innovation and Building Regulation, Matt Kean after the Minister’s release of an announcement on 11 February 2019 titled ‘Biggest Overhaul of Building Laws in NSW History’.
The overhaul includes the creation of a Building Commissioner and was in response to the Shergold-Weir Report commissioned by the Building Minister’s Forum in August 2017.
There have also been other major reports by Wallace (2014) Lambert (2015), BPIC (2018) and Shergold-Weir (2018) which have investigated the building regulatory system.
I guess these thing take time, but there is much to be done still.
Dr Drane’s initiative includes a Research Project based on an initial free ‘Defects Assessment Model’, which supports a Consumer Education Focus as well as an Industry Action Group called The Property Development Doctor . The initiative is outlined in his campaign article published on 20 March 2019 titled ‘Help Give High Rise Apartment Owners Peace of Mind from Defective Buildings‘ dated 20 March 2019.
Dr Drane is recognised for his comprehensive multi-layer understanding of the processes and structures of property development and construction with an emphasis on the decay of professional practices and systems over history, which have led to the devastating level of dangerous defects in the high rise multi-apartment sector.
Dr Jonathan Drane