Conviction and fine follow Public Warning for concreter

16 February 2021

An unlicensed concreter who was the subject of a recent Public Warning has now been convicted and fined $5,000 following further action by Queensland’s building regulator.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) warning about Paul Lawrence Coplick has been swiftly followed by his conviction in Brisbane Magistrates Court for building-related offences.

On 9 February, Mr Coplick was convicted and fined a total penalty of $7,051.80 for offences against the QBCC Act, including one count of unlicensed contracting and one count of demanding a deposit of more than the regulated amount.

His penalty included $1,700 in restitution to the Moggill home owners affected by his offending.

QBCC Commissioner, Brett Bassett, said the outcome in this matter should act as a warning to any other individuals considering performing unlicensed or illegal building-related work.

Mr Bassett said limits on deposits also helped the QBCC take action to protect home owners from being overcharged on a building project. 

He said consumers should be reassured by the Magistrate’s comments about the legislation that guides the QBCC’s work.

“The Magistrate remarked that our legislation is there to stop dodgy people doing dodgy work, and that our licensing system provides recourse for consumers when work is improperly done,” Mr Bassett said. 
 

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