Move to cancel plumber’s licence

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The Plumbers Licensing Board has commenced disciplinary action against plumbing contractor Jason Wayne Walker (PL6489), of south-west Western Australia, after a number of complaints were received by the Building Commission.

Building Commissioner Peter Gow said proceedings are underway in the State Administrative Tribunal, which is considering whether to suspend or ultimately cancel Walker’s licence, but in the meantime consumers should exercise caution before engaging him to carry out work.

Many of the complaints against Walker were made by people who are elderly or vulnerable.

“Our investigation into Walker’s conduct was sparked by a raft of complaints against him to the Building Commission and Consumer Protection, mostly from residents of Bunbury and surrounding areas,” Mr Gow said.

“Common complaints against Walker include that he overcharged for work, made threatening and aggressive demands for cash payments, charged an inflated call-out fee or cost to carry out plumbing work and falsely implied he was employed by Aqwest to carry out routine testing and repairs.

“In some cases it was claimed Walker had damaged property, causing the need for rectification work and had taken payment for work he has never returned to carry out or for materials he has not supplied.

“This behaviour, if proven, is unacceptable and certainly not what is expected of a licensed plumber, so we are warning consumers to take great care when dealing with Walker while the case against him is considered in the State Administrative Tribunal.”

Walker refers to himself as ‘Jason, The Plumber’ and operates under registered business names including ‘Preston Valley Plumbing Drainage & Gas’, ‘Eco-Tech Plumbing Solutions’ and ‘South Bunbury Plumbing, Drainage and Gas’.

Mr Gow encouraged anyone with a building or plumbing-related concern to report it to the Building Commission.

“The Building Commission’s complaints process is available to consumers and industry members alike and is vital in our efforts to protect consumers and the integrity of the building and plumbing industries,” Mr Gow said.

“I encourage anyone who has a building or plumbing-related to concern to let us know so that we can hold those people who do the wrong thing and compromise the integrity of the building and plumbing industries to account.”

The Building Commission can be contacted on 1300 489 099 or bcinfo@commerce.wa.gov.au or visit www.buildingcommission.wa.gov.au.


A photograph of Mr Walker is available on request.


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Building Commission
Media release
09 Sep 2013

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