Di­rec­tors fined $ 6000

Li­cence breaches hit so­lar bosses

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

THE for­mer di­rec­tors of a so­lar energy fran­chise found them­selves in hot wa­ter af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the build­ing reg­u­la­tor.

Ash­ley Leonard Nut­tall and Gre­gory Dean Ben­nett, who op­er­ated the dereg­is­tered So­larhart Townsville fran­chise, were fined fol­low­ing a hear­ing in the Queens­land Civil and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

The men were found to have con­tra­vened the con­di­tions of their li­cence by co- or­di­nat­ing the in­stal­la­tion of 182 hot wa­ter sys­tems.

QCAT ses­sional mem­ber Wayne Pen­nell said the men, di­rectly or in­di­rectly, caused the in­stal­la­tions to be car­ried out by another com­pany in breach of their li­cence.

The dis­ci­plinary ac­tion comes five years af­ter the Queens­land Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion first com­menced in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the in­stal­la­tion of hot wa­ter sys­tems by com­pa­nies in the re­gion.

The com­mis­sion al­leged that Mr Nut­tall con­tra­vened the li­cence by co- or­di­nat­ing the in­stal­la­tion of the 182 hot wa­ter sys­tems by NQ Go Green Tech­nol­ogy Pty Ltd be­tween June 1, 2010, and Fe­bru­ary 1, 2012.

Mr Nut­tall never had a cence with the com­mis­sion.

Mr Ben­nett did hold a build­ing com­mis­sion li­cence, and was the nom­i­nee for the com­pany, but was not li­censed for the in­stal­la­tion works.

The com­mis­sion warned they could not in­stall hot wa­ter sys­tems with­out an ap­pro­pri­ate li­cence.

“Although the com­pany could sell the hot wa­ter sys­tems, the com­pany’s li­cence was a Re­stricted Builders Li­cence which did not al­low the com­pany to in­stall or co- or­di­nate the in­stal­la­tion of hot wa­ter sys­tems,” Mr Pen­nell said.

Mr Pen­nell said the sav­ing grace for both men was that the in­stal­la­tion of the hot wa­ter sys­tems had been car­ried out by li­censed con­trac­tors.

“There had never been any com­plaints lodged with the com­mis­sion about those in­stal­la­tions,” he said.

So­larhart Townsville went into vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion fol­low­ing the com­mis­sion’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion and was dereg­is­tered in April last year.

Mr Pen­nell noted that there was no de­fec­tive work or in­sur­ance claims out­stand­ing, and all sub­con­trac­tors had been paid by the time the com­pany was dereg­is­tered.

But he found both men were “equally re­spon­si­ble” for the ac­tiv­i­ties of the com­pany at the time and fined them $ 6000 each.

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