Fine over building contract

A man has failed to appear in court on charges against an air conditioner installation.
A man has failed to appear in court on charges against an air conditioner installation.

The Building Commissioner brought two charges against Christopher John Brocklebank relating to a home-building work contract for the supply and installation of an airconditioning system in Scarborough, in January 2013.

In proceedings finalised in court on August 1, an absent Brocklebank was found guilty of charges brought under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 and ordered to pay $2000 in fines and $900 costs.

This is not the first time Brocklebank has failed to appear in court. Last month, he was due to face trial in the same court on seven charges of breaching Australian Consumer Law, but failed to appear.

Consumer Protection recently issued a renewed warning about Brocklebank after continuing complaints that he continued to take ‘substantial’ deposits from customers without carrying out or completing work.

He is also linked to the trading name Elements ‘Hearth, Wind and Fire’.

Building Commissioner Peter Gow said consumers should heed the warning.

‘The poor behaviour displayed by Mr Brocklebank, including his apparent disregard for the law, is not welcome in our building industry,’ he said.