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ALD Expert Demo step up for Melbourne City Mission

Strip-out and demolition specialists, ALD Expert Demo have stepped in to help out Melbourne City Mission with a project to install new windows in Fitzroy. The refuge provides emergency short-term accommodation to homeless youth, as well as providing low-cost long-term rentals for young people getting back on their feet.

“The windows around the site were in irreparable condition, with rotting timber and glass panels that were no longer secure or weatherproof,” says Tome Kokarevski, Senior Facilities Manager. “This left the site with a major safety hazard and also potential security issues, if not rectified.”

With the additional problem of asbestos cladding around the windows, ALD Expert Demo had some help from friends. “Asbestos Australia had already undertaken the asbestos removal and IRISC the air monitoring and clearances on a pro-bono basis,” says National Manager, Paul Rosenberg Vella. “We then proceeded with removal and disposal of windows to both levels, including access, hoardings and cleaning works and coordination with the window contractor.”

Over the years, ALD Expert Demo have supported the Property Industry Foundation in a variety of ways, including charitable donations, participation in events like Tour de PIF, and providing building materials, furniture and appliances for various projects.

“We believe it’s incumbent on businesses and the industry to utilise our skills, resources and relationships to support the wider community,” says Paul. “Especially when there is such an increase in youth homelessness and many in our community who are sleeping rough. We really look forward to expanding our relationship with the Foundation, as we are very aligned in our ethos and contribution to the community and effects of homelessness.”

Meanwhile, MCM is thrilled with the result. “The Property Industry Foundation and ALD Expert Demo have helped immensely to get this first stage of works off the ground,” says Tome. “MCM has a finite budget to complete major rectification works, and any and all assistance makes projects like this possible.”