Homeowners let down by the BSA

23 Sep 2010 2:35 PMJann Stuckey

23 September 2010

The sentencing of Bundaberg’s Coral Coast Homes and Steel Smart Homes director John Biles shows the need for urgent reform of the Building Services Authority (BSA), the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Public Works Jann Stuckey said many Bundaberg, Burnett and Hervey Bay residents were still unhappy with the outcome of the case, and left wondering why things had been allowed to carry on for so long.

“Biles had three companies, three collapses and a history of bankruptcy,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The 29 homes owners that were caught up in the mess are rightly asking how this could be allowed to happen.

“The BSA was aware of Biles’ history and had met with him to discuss concerns before the last set of problems occurred.

“You can see why the BSA is called a toothless tiger when construction companies have pretended to have a licence and next to nothing is done to shut them down, or warnings given to the community about the risk.”

Ms Stuckey said the LNP had released a discussion paper calling for community and industry comment on improving dispute resolution and dispute prevention processes.

“This case further highlights why we need to see reform of 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.

“The LNP wants to see real reform of the BSA.”

The LNP discussion paper can be viewed at – http://bit.ly/aZ5ItB

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919