Halt to building work

A BUNDABERG company has been ordered by the Commercial and Consumer Tribunal to stop work after the Building Services Authority (BSA) found it was continuing work at a building site in Biggenden despite its licence being suspended.

GJ Gardner Homes Bundaberg owner and director Peter Bayley said no work had been done since the company had its licence suspended on October 5.

“We were issued with an order to stop work and we've complied. I issued an order to all sites to stop work, apart from to secure sites,” he said.

My Bayley said he was worried that the “unbelievably” high winds the area had been experiencing would blow something loose and potentially injure someone if not properly secured.

GJ Gardner Homes Bundaberg is the trading name for GJ Gardner Bundy Pty Ltd, which had its low-rise, carpentry and joinery licences suspended.

BSA general manager Ian Jennings said the authority inspected the company's building site at Biggenden - one of two sites where work had started - after the licence had been suspended.

“The BSA has evidence that building work was being performed on this site during the suspension period,” he said.

Mr Jennings said the BSA was aware of two homeowners who had building contracts under construction with the company and two homeowners who had paid the deposit.

The company's licences were suspended earlier in the month for failing to produce financial records for audit to the BSA.

Mr Bayley said the company was unaware it had to provide the documents as it had just taken over the licence five weeks earlier.

He said the company was now doing all it could to co-operate with the BSA.

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