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WA tradie charged over failed property work

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WA tradie charged over failed property work

by Emma Ryan 19 February 2020 1 minute read

A Busselton business owner has been fined and forced to pay compensation to several property owners after pleading guilty to accepting deposit payments but failing to deliver the goods or services.

Busselton Magistrates court
February 19, 2020

Fronting the Busselton Magistrates Court earlier this month, Jamie DouglasDouglas, QLD Douglas, QLD Bishop of Busselton Cement Products was fined $4,500 and ordered to pay an additional $3,000 in compensation to three of his previous clients. He was also ordered to pay the prosecution’s costs of $2,152.

It comes after the court found that Mr Bishop, while trading Busselton Cement Products, breached Australian Consumer Law in 2016 and 2017.

“A women’s refuge in Busselton was granted $800 in compensation after engaging Mr Bishop to supply and install a concrete shed pad, soak-well and associated earthworks. Deposit money was paid, but Mr Bishop failed to carry out any work or supply any materials,” a statement from Consumer Protection declared.

“Compensation of $1,200 was awarded to a Busselton property owner after he engaged Mr Bishop to supply and install two soak-wells. A deposit was paid, but no goods were provided.

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“A Nannup property owner was granted $1,000 after Mr Bishop took a deposit for supplying and installing two septic tanks and a leach drain system, plus a patio and associated earthworks. Two septic tanks were delivered, but no other work was done.”

Commenting further on the matter, Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping said: “By taking a total of $5,600 in deposits and only delivering a fraction of the goods promised in one case and nothing in two others, Mr Bishop has shown a complete disregard for the consumer rights of his clients.”

“Our recommendation is for consumers to only pay small deposits upfront, or progress payments as various parts of a bigger job are completed are also acceptable.

“Consumer Law states that work must be done in a reasonable amount of time, or by the completion date listed on the contract, so it’s advised to contact Consumer Protection if there are unreasonable delays.”

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Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan is the deputy head of content at Momentum Media.

Emma has worked for Momentum Media since 2015, and has since been responsible for breaking some of the biggest stories in corporate Australia, including across the legal, mortgages, real estate and wealth industries. In addition, Emma has launched several additional sub-brands and events, driven by a passion to deliver quality and timely content to audiences through multiple platforms.

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