Duncraig pest controller fined $3000 for not providing termite records

Duncraig pest controller fined $3000 for not providing termite records

A DUNCRAIG-based pest control company and its director have been fined $3000 in Perth Magistrates Court for not providing information about a termite treatment.

Mantis Pest Control and its sole director Jefferson Ashley Hetherington did not attend court when found guilty of failing to comply with a written direction from an authorised person under the Building Services Act.

The magistrate imposed a fine of $2000 against the company, a fine of $1000 against Hetherington and shared court costs of $724.

The penalty relates to a formal request by an investigator from Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission) for information about a termite treatment at a Clarkson property.

The home owner had also unsuccessfully sought documentation about the work from Mantis Pest Control and the builder.

An official direction to provide the information was posted, emailed and personally served to Hetherington, but no response was received by the due date.

Community News tried to contact Hetherington for a comment.

Building Commissioner Ken Bowron welcomed the court’s findings.

“Failure to comply with a direction such as this, without reasonable excuse, is not only against the law – it also shows disregard for clients and the vast majority of building service providers who are diligent and do the right thing,” he said.

“We will continue to hold to account and name those who put the public interest and integrity of the building industry at risk.”