Safety of awnings over public lands

Council has written a submission to the State Government about the safety of awnings over public lands.

The NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure has released a draft Planning Circular advising Councils of the steps that they and building owners should take to identify potential safety issues related to awnings over public lands.

The draft circular was issued in response to the recommendations of the Deputy State Coroner following a coronial inquest into a fatal accident at Balgowlah in 2007 involving the collapse of an awning. The circular requests all Councils monitor the safety of awnings by establishing an awning safety program or reviewing their current program.

Mosman Council considers this a serious matter and has continued to implement measures to ensure the safety of awnings over public land.

A submission  was prepared on this matter and the following issues were raised:

  • Stronger enforcement of awning safety programs is necessary and requires the willingness of all parties to co-operate;
  • A requirement should be put in place to ensure that awnings are replaced, rather than removed in order to ensure future amenity and protect heritage conservation areas and streetscape character; and
  • The Department should consider implementing a requirement for certification for structural stability for complying development.

For more information on this matter or the submission please contact Strategic Planner, Benjamin Gresham on 9978 4154 or email: b.gresham@mosman.nsw.gov.au.