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Letters: We could do with a lawyer

On July 12, the Illawarra Mercury published an article voicing the concerns of lawyer Paul Magagnino regarding tight margins in the building industry and the rise in building defects.
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In August 2011, my wife and I signed a contract to purchase an apartment off the plan.

The building was to be finished in 2012.

In December 2012, the builder, Southern Cross Constructions (NSW), was voluntarily wound up.

The local developers took on finishing the building. We finally moved in on April 26, 2013.

During the pre-settlement inspections, some defects were identified. A minor number of defects were rectified.

After the 90-day inspection, more defects in our apartment and the common areas were identified.

Some defects were again rectified but not to the satisfaction of the majority of owners.

The executive committee (EC) engaged the services of a building consultant who provided the EC with two reports that highlighted a number of breaches of the Australian Building Standards.

The Department of Fair Trading (DOFT) was contacted and the EC was told to lodge a formal complaint.

This week, we were told that the DOFT cannot take action as the developers were not a licensed builder. The EC will have to approach the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal.

Why is the DOFT not taking action against the developers for finishing the building without a licence?

Why did Wollongong City Council provide the building with a Final Occupation Certificate on February 6, 2013, when the building still had fire-compliance issues?

We were left with construction caps still covering some fire sprinklers in the garage and gaps around some fire doors. We still have airconditioning that does not work and exhaust range hoods not connected to the ducting, among other faults.

The legislation certainly needs looking at. Maybe Mr Magagnino would like to champion our cause.

Ian Birch,Fairy Meadow

Council commendableI’m more at risk from a house fire than a bushfire, living at Culburra Beach. Kiama council is to be commended for drawing attention to this poorly thought-out 10/50 legislation.

Wendy Bishop, Culburra Beach

MP shows chutzpahChutzpah is a Yiddish word. It is best illustrated by the person who murders his parents and then pleads leniency in the court because he is an orphan.

My local Gilmore MP, Ann Sudmalis, has chutzpah in abundance. She voted to cut $250million from the ABC budget and then cries foul when, as a result of her actions, the subsequent cuts lead to the closing of the Nowra ABC regional office.

Chutzpah indeed!

Russell Hannah, Shellharbour

O’Farrell lacked visionBarry O’Farrell lists the achievements

of his government including the Opal card, improvements to literacy and numeracy for students, and public sector reforms.

For a man who led the Liberal-National Coalition to one of the biggest historical wins in NSW, Mr O’Farrell can only mention three items.

Mr O’Farrell could have achieved a great deal for the residents of this state but had no vision and no courage.

So goodbye and good riddance.

Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow

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