27 May 2013

Corbell warns us about a 'rogue' builder'

| Barcham
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Simon Corbell has sent out a release warning people not to get involved with one Matthew Rixon, whom he calls a ‘rogue builder’.

Attorney General, Simon Corbell, has today warned the public to avoid dealing with Matthew Rixon, a serial rogue builder who in March 2013 was fined $72,500 in Newcastle Local Court and still owes NSW Fair Trading $19,000 in fines.

“The Office of Regulatory Services believes that Matthew Rixon and his associates may be back operating in the ACT and surrounding region” Mr Corbell said.
NSW Fair Trading has also warned consumers about Mr Rixon as he enters into contracts to undertake residential building work without holding a licence. He also takes payments for work and materials and does not complete the work, or does so to a very poor standard.

Mr Rixon, who is believed to have used the aliases of Matt Geoffrey and Matthew Ewing has operated in the ACT and NSW under the following names:

— Rixco Building, Rixco Electrical, Rixco Earthworks, Rixco Fencing Pty Ltd, Rixco Group Pty Ltd, Rixco Constructions Pty Ltd, Deck A Day Pty Ltd, Tomaree Building Services, Quality Building Solutions Pty Ltd, Quality Fencing Solutions, Affordable Fencing Solutions, Affordable Home Improvements & Maintenance Services and Affordable Home Solutions.

NSW Fair Trading also believe Mr Rixon has had contact with a business in the ACT that was contracted to prepare marketing and other materials for a range of new businesses under the company names:

— Duke Group Victoria, Duke Group SA, Duke Group NSW, Duke Group No 1, Duke Group WA, Duke Group Tasmania, Duke Group QLD, Shire Property Pty Ltd, Duke Builders, Duke Group, Duke Fencing, Duke Tourism, Duke Property, Duke Lawns and Duke Hospitality.

“Engaging the services of a builder, tradesperson or business associated with the building industry is a very important decision. The Office of Regulatory Services has useful information and advice, including a Building and Home Improvement – Consumer Advice Fact Sheet and a Quick Flick Checklist to assist in making the right decision.

I understand ‘rogue builder’ is mean to be used negatively here, but I can’t help but picture some sort of dashing Han Solo style construction worker playing by his own rules here.

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