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Building problems aired at meeting

A public meeting co-ordinated by home owners Kelly and Justin Clark and chaired by MP Chris Gulaptis was held at Grafton RSL on Saturday.
A public meeting co-ordinated by home owners Kelly and Justin Clark and chaired by MP Chris Gulaptis was held at Grafton RSL on Saturday. Debrah Novak

APPROXIMATELY 50 people attended a public meeting at the Grafton RSL on Saturday night to discuss issues relating to GJ Gardner Grafton and the Department of Fair Trading.

While the majority of the attendees observed in silence, a number of home owners spoke about their problems and dealings with Rick Fischer and his company.

There appeared to be no official representative of GJ Gardner in attendance, however Tim Small, who admitted to being the firm's accountant and previously its general manager, was a vocal supporter.

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, who volunteered to chair the meeting, expressed his concerns regarding the way in which Fair Trading and the CTTT had managed the building disputes.

Rob Sands, a certified building inspector with 40 years experi- ence in the trade, attended the meeting and spoke to The Daily Examiner yesterday about the severity of the problems with the three homes he had inspected.

"We are not talking about trivial defects. These are significant issues worth thousands and thousands of dollars," Mr Sands said.

"In the cases I have seen, I have witnessed poor workmanship that doesn't comply with the Building Standards of Australia."

Topics:  gj gardner homes, public meeting




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