Rockingham builder Gary Alan Cramphorn (reg. BC10775 & BP10775), trading as Xtra Construction, has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $20,000 and costs of $3,200 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
On 20 May 2016, the SAT found that, after being registered as a building contractor and building practitioner, Mr Cramphorn:
- was convicted of an offence under the building laws;
- did not satisfy the financial requirements for registration under the building laws;
- failed to comply with an order of the Building Commissioner in relation to work at four properties – one each in Waikiki and Calista and two in Warnbro; and
- failed to ensure that a building service he carried out at one of the Warnbro properties had been properly managed and supervised.
“Maintaining high professional standards in the building industry is paramount to public safety,” said Building Commissioner Peter Gow. “Mr Cramphorn’s conduct forced all four property owners to seek intervention from the Building Commission in an attempt to have their work completed, which is unacceptable.”
Mr Cramphorn was successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner in September 2015 for failing to produce records to confirm his financial status. Read the media statement at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/failure-provide-financial-information-costs-builder.
The Building Services Board imposed conditions on Mr Cramphorn’s building contractor registration in August 2015 to limit his capacity to contract for and carry out building work or to apply for a building permit while it pursued this recent disciplinary action against him in the SAT. Read the media statement at: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/conditions-imposed-builders-registration.
“This case is a reminder to anyone who intends to break the building laws that this type of conduct will not be tolerated by the Building Commission,” Mr Gow said. “We will continue to hold to account and name those who put the public interest and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”
Mr Cramphorn’s building contractor and building practitioner registrations expired on 1 February 2016, meaning he would have to apply to the Board to have his registration reinstated. The status of a builder’s registration, including any conditions imposed by the Board, can be viewed on the register at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-and-energy/building-and-energy-licence-search.
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