Unregistered Mid West painter prosecuted

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Kalbarri man Peter John Barry Ikin, trading as Cape York Connections, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out unregistered painting work at eight Mid West properties between December 2013 and June 2015.

In the Geraldton Magistrates Court on 3 November 2016, Mr Ikin pleaded guilty to 15 charges of undertaking to carry out and carrying out painter work for another person without the required registration. These are offences under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

The court ordered Mr Ikin to pay a fine of $2,500 and costs of $719.64.

The unauthorised painting work carried out by Mr Ikin was to four commercial buildings – one in Kalbarri and three in Northampton – and four residential buildings in Kalbarri. The value of the relevant contracts ranged between $1,250 and $4,685.

“In Western Australia, it is an offence to carry out painting work valued over $1,000 for another person for profit or reward without the required registration,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“The registration system is an important protection for consumers and the building industry – it ensures that a person with the necessary qualifications, knowledge and experience carries out work that meets proper standards.

“Consumers can protect themselves by checking their painter holds the required registration before engaging their services.

“An online licence check can be conducted on the Building Commission website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/paintersearch or contact us for assistance.

“The Building Commission will continue to hold to account and name those who put the public interest and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

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