Money down the drain for plumber

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Wembley Downs man Gary Benjamin Hill has been successfully prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for three charges relating to carrying out unlicensed plumbing work.

Mr Hill, the holder of a plumbing tradesperson’s licence, failed to renew his licence in January 2011. This resulted in his licence being cancelled. Despite receiving notice from the PLB that he was not entitled to do so, Mr Hill continued to carry out plumbing work in 2011 and early 2012 in areas including Caversham, Westminster, and Nollamara. On 18 June 2012, Mr Hill was reissued his tradesperson’s licence.

Mr Hill pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined $750 and ordered to pay costs of $213 by the Perth Magistrates Court.

“In Western Australia it is illegal to carry out plumbing work of any kind without a licence,” said PLB Chairperson Howard Croxon OAM.

“Any plumber who fails to renew their licence will have their licence cancelled and will be committing an offence if they continue to carry out plumbing work.”

Mr Croxon said the licensing system was in place to protect consumers and the community from the risks of certain water-borne diseases and to maintain the integrity of the WA plumbing industry.

“We will continue to prosecute and name those who put community safety and the reputation of the industry at risk,” he said.

Consumers are encouraged to check that persons are licensed before engaging them to undertake plumbing work. Ask to see their licence or conduct a licence check on the Plumbers Licensing Board’s website www.plumbers.wa.gov.au.

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Media Contact:
Amanda Iannuzzi, Media Liaison Officer, Building Commission
9476 1335 or 0407 448 239 amanda.iannuzzi@commerce.wa.gov.au

Building Commission
Media release
04 Apr 2013

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