Stop work notices lifted on 17 Gungahlin building sites

Released 21/05/2019

Notices stopping work on 17 residential building sites in Gungahlin have now been lifted on all sites, close to three months after they were issued.

ACT Construction Occupations Registrar Ben Green said the last of the notices on 12 building companies had been lifted last week.

On 1 March Access Canberra Building Inspectors stopped work on 17 sites in Gungahlin due to non-compliance including timber framing defects, exposed steel reinforcement in concrete slabs and the incorrect installation of window flashings, which if left could result in water entering the building on completion.

“Appropriate supervision and quality control by builders could have prevented these issues from occurring in the first place. Instead, what we have seen is delays for home owners and additional costs, in terms of time and money, to the builders who have had to rectify the issues,” he said

“The necessary rectification works have been completed to support compliance and support quality building in the ACT.”

Mr Green said since July 2018 Access Canberra had undertaken 328 proactive building compliance checks, 18,218 plumbing, drainage and gas inspections and 34,202 electrical inspections.

“These checks have taken place across residential, multi-unit and commercial sites,” he said.

“With more than 8000 active building approvals in the ACT at any time the vast majority of building works occur to a high standard. However industry are on notice that non-compliant and poor quality work is not tolerated and action will be taken.”

Since July 2018 Access Canberra has taken the following regulatory action:

  • 178 demerit points given to construction occupation licensees
  • 28 stop work notices
  • 9 Notices directing building work to be undertaken.

“Access Canberra is continuing to work with industry to support ongoing improvement in building quality and standards in the ACT,” he said.

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