Nedlands plumber fined for flouting laws

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Nedlands man Rohan Keane O’Neill has been successfully prosecuted by the Plumbers’ Licensing Board (PLB) and the Building Commissioner on two charges relating to carrying out unlicensed plumbing work and three relating to a home building work contract.

Mr O’Neill was found guilty of all five charges by the Fremantle Magistrates Court on 20 June 2013 and was ordered to pay fines totalling $2,500 and costs of $3,200.

Two of the charges against Mr O’Neill were for carrying out plumbing work without a license at a Willagee property during a kitchen renovation in June 2011 and a bathroom and laundry renovation in September 2011. This is an offence under the Water Services Licensing (Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards) Regulations 2000.

A further two charges related to Mr O’Neill failing to ensure the contract for the kitchen renovation and a subsequent variation to the contract were in writing and signed by himself and owner. These are offences under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 (the Act).

The fifth charge was for demanding and receiving a non-genuine progress payment of 50 per cent of the contract price from the owner after the work had commenced, which is also an offence under the Act.

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

“People who flout the laws and carry out unlicensed plumbing work are putting consumers, the community and themselves at risk of certain water-borne diseases and jeopardising 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.”

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, 9476 1335 or 0407 448 239 amanda.iannuzzi@commerce.wa.gov.au

Building Commission
Media release
08 Jul 2013

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