Pub­lic warned about builder

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Queens­land Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion (QBCC) has is­sued a pub­lic warn­ing about Steve Pre­ston who they al­lege has been car­ry­ing out un­law­ful build­ing work in the Proser­pine area.

QBCC Com­mis­sioner, Steve Grif­fin, has urged con­sumers, con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers to be cau­tious in their deal­ings with Mr Pre­ston.

“He does not hold QBCC li­cences and is there­fore not able to carry out, or en­ter into con­tracts to carry out, build­ing work, in­clud­ing res­tump­ing and as­so­ci­ated works, car­pen­try and re-roof­ing,” Mr Grif­fin said.

The QBCC is warn­ing any­one deal­ing with Mr Pre­ston to ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion and seek le­gal ad- vice be­fore en­ter­ing into con­tracts or mak­ing any pay­ments, to pro­tect their in­ter­ests.

The QBCC is also warn­ing that the Queens­land Home War­ranty In­sur­ance Scheme may not be avail­able to con­sumers if they en­gage un­li­censed con­trac­tors.

All home­own­ers are urged to con­duct re­search be­fore en­gag­ing con­trac­tors, and the QBCC rec­om­mends en­gag­ing a li­censed con­trac­tor even for small jobs.

Any­one in doubt about whether the en­tity they are con­tract­ing with is li­censed or holds the cor­rect li­cence to do the work, can con­duct an on­line li­cence search at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au or con­tact the QBCC on 1300 272 272.

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