Serial offender pool builder busted for unlicensed work

By Alice Richard
Friday, 11 March, 2016

A pool builder who has been unlicensed since 1990 has been prosecuted by NSW Fair Trading for a host of offences. Garrie John Maxworthy (trading as Maxworthy Pool Restorations) pled guilty to charges including unlicensed contracting, carrying out substandard building work and demanding an excessive deposit.

A serial offender, Maxworthy’s record stretches back as far as 1987 when he received his first caution, followed by fines in 1988, 1989 and 1990. In 1990 his NSW building contractor licence was cancelled after several suspensions for failing to pay fines. He’s also been issued with 13 infringement notices between 2010 and 2015 and has three outstanding Tribunal orders dating from 2006, 2012 and 2013.

His most recent conviction saw him ordered to pay $8649 in fines and costs. It relates to a job he was contracted to do in Berkeley Vale in 2015 valued at $6900. He demanded (and received) a $2000 deposit — a prohibited amount as it exceeds 10% of the contract value. The work was found to be substandard, and he was not licensed to do the work for which he contracted.

He secured the work after advertising his services for pool restoration, repairs and resurfacing work in the Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle areas.

Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe urged anyone dealing with contractors to check trade licences at or by calling 13 32 20.

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