Inspectors blitz on flood repairs

FLOOD-affected building sites across Ipswich will be put under the microscope this week to ensure they are under construction by licensed builders.

Around 6300 active building sites will be visited by audit teams from the Building Services Authority and the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Building Industry Minister Simon Finn said the audit protects home owners and contractors from unfair competition from unlicensed operators.

"The audits are designed to protect home owners by ensuring contractors are licensed... and that home warranty insurance has been paid where applicable," he said.

Ten two-person teams, made up of a BSA building inspector and compliance inspector will visit building sites.

Fines for a first-time unlicensed offender is $2000 and the maximum penalty is a $25,000 fine.

Part of the audit will monitor post-flood recovery.

Mr Finn said the building inspectors would provide building advice to home owners and contractors.

Similar audits have taken place in the cyclone-ravaged regions of the Cassowary Coast in north Queensland.

The extent of the floods was revealed last week as a push to get residents back in their homes by Christmas began.

As reported in Queensland Times last week, six in 10 Ipswich residents affected by the floods are not yet back in their homes.

Ipswich business were hit hard, with 34 of 473 inundated with water to remain closed.



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