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Residents are refusing to vacate the cracked Opal Tower building

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean MP

Three residents of the cracked Opal Tower building are refusing to vacate following calls from the builder and developer for them to leave.

In the first state government press conference on the issue since the building’s problems emerged, NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts said the three people refusing to leave the building are in “parts of the building that aren’t affected by this”.

“My advice is there is no need to move those residents out,” he said.

Around 300 residents have been relocated to nearby hotels and other accommodation while the building is investigated.

The NSW government has vowed to crackdown on dodgy building certifiers as it cops pressure in the wake of the saga.

The Berejiklian government has been under pressure to act after the Sydney Olympic Park apartment building experienced a concrete panel collapse on Christmas Eve which triggered the evacuation of the tower and the surrounding areas.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean announced a crackdown on “cowboy” certifiers across NSW to address public concern about the state’s building certification process.


“Developers doing the wrong thing should be on notice — if they’re working with their certifier mates to push shabby buildings through then we will rub them out of the industry,” Mr Kean said at the conference.

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