Victims want answers from government
CALLS for the Building Services Authority to be overhauled are strengthening, with members of parliament adding their voices to Coral Coast Homes victims and tradies.
Home builder Denis Seth said it was not enough that Coral Coast Homes director John Biles was fined $85,000 and he would not rest until the system was fixed.
“The investigation should be far from over,” Mr Seth said.
“The BSA needs to answer questions on why they are not pressing charges on John Biles, and why it took the Office of Fair Trading only a few hours to uncover what (the BSA) was meant to be investigating for the past year.”
Plasterer John Ivich said tradies were among the worst affected when building companies went bust.
He has written off the $5000 he was owed by Coral Coast Homes. He was also stung $30,000 by Designer Homes Wide Bay.
“The government regulations mean that the BSA can't do anything. It definitely needs to be reformed,” he said.
Plumber Steve Sansom, who was left out of pocket by Biles, said regulations need to be put in place to ensure subcontractors get protected.
“There should be something in place, like they have with government construction contracts, where all the subbies check that they've been paid first by the builder,” he said.
“Something needs to be put in place to make sure the subbies get protected.”
Shadow Minister for Public Works Jann Stuckey said the LNP had released a discussion paper calling for industry comment on the BSA.
“Homeowners, subcontractors and the construction industry deserve a body they can have confidence in - a body that will fairly and consistently resolve disputes and hold up appropriate standards,” she said.
Independent Member for Burnett Rob Messenger said he had hoped for a heavier penalty for Biles.
“I would have liked to see a prison sentence,” he said
“I want to call for a Royal Commission into the dysfunctional system.”