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  1. 1. SPECIAL INVESTIGATION NEWS 11 owners say it’s dodgy builders Close call: The house in Gimba St, Mitchelton. Red tape tangle angers Quirk Kelmeny Fraser BRISBANE’S Lord Mayor has turned on the Building Ser- vices Authority (BSA), saying the Government needed to find ways to make it a Floor fail: Bamboo flooring ‘‘stronger force’’. that buckles (above) has ‘‘Unfortunately at times the prevented the Presser family State Government’s Building (right) from moving properly Services Authority has been into their home. bogged down with red tape and therefore unable to get the best result,’’ Lord Mayor Family Graham Quirk said. The council has referred 45 cases involving private certifiers to the BSA and floored allocated $100,000 this year to work the body. Cr Quirk said he allocated the funds in an attempt to by BSA ‘‘stomp out this tick-and-flick attitude of dodgy operators and (to) stop bad development before it becomes a problem.’’ backflip It comes as the council and the BSA grapple with what has been described as one of the worst failings in Queensland’s building approvals system. David Murray pop up beneath their feet. Services Authority first found poor ventilation, so the couple reversed their directive – but Residents of Gimba St, ‘‘We got to the point where in their favour then mysteri- went to the BSA. they hadn’t informed us. Mitchelton, first raised the DAYS after Tim and Leanne we virtually got speed humps ously changed its mind. ‘‘The BSA decided he was ‘‘We rang the BSA and they alarm about a house being Presser had bamboo flooring going through the house up to So far they have spent at fault and he should replace said they’d decided to have an built in the street only 82cm laid in the final stages of 20cm high,’’ Mr Presser said. about $30,000 on the case all the floors and gave him a expert conclave where their from the road two years ago. rebuilding their dream North In his mind it was a rela- and the bill is still rising, but directive to do so.’’ expert and his expert agreed But work on the house was Tamborine home, the boards tively straightforward case. they have little choice as the However, the repair work he wasn’t at fault and we able to continue because of a began to buckle. The boards and their repair bill is estimated to be never started. should find our own means of legal loophole, sparking a More than three years later installation were defective, so more than $100,000. ‘‘We were trying to find out taking action.’’ The case is neighbourhood feud and legal the couple and their four should have been replaced. The home’s new external when he was going to come now before the state Civil and action. children still can’t move into Instead, the couple is still bamboo decking also failed. out and actually replace it and Administrative Tribunal. A council spokesman said their house after the flooring fighting to have their floors The installer blamed issues why it was taking so long. He the matter was currently be- deteriorated so badly it would replaced, after the Building ranging from water leaks to then told us the BSA had fore the BSA. ALL IN ALL ITS JUST... JULY 3 2011 Page 11ST