The Special Joint Taskforce investigating dodgy behaviour in the Queensland building industry has confirmed the dates it will visit regional centres across the state.
The taskforce, which is looking into various allegations of fraudulent behaviour, will visit the Gold Coast as well as Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.
The Queensland Government set up the taskforce following mounting pressure to clean up the industry after the collapse of close to 50 companies since 2013 left thousands of sub-contractors out of pocket to the tune of nearly $500 million dollars.
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“Non-payment affects tradies right across the state and I encourage people in these areas to take full advantage of this opportunity,” Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said.
Head of the Special Joint Taskforce former Supreme Court Judge John Byrne said the regional visits are an important part of ensuring people right across Queensland have the chance to engage with members of the Taskforce in person.
“The regional face-to-face sessions start on the Sunshine Coast starting from Monday 29 April 2019,” said Mr Byrne.
“We expect members from the Taskforce will speak with hundreds of people in these seven key areas before sessions finish up in Townsville on Thursday 16 May 2019,” he said.
“We are in these areas for a limited time, so I strongly encourage regional Queenslanders wanting to attend to make a booking as soon as possible.”
Mr Byrne said the seven locations had been chosen based on construction activity in the state.
“Importantly, we are aware that some of these areas have also experienced significant and recent company collapses that have been felt by their communities,” he said.
“We want to make sure regional Queenslanders get the most out of their time with the Taskforce, so we suggest that you make your submission online prior to booking in for a session with the team.”
Anyone unable to lock in a face-to-face session during the regional visits will have the opportunity for a teleconference or video conference with Taskforce representatives.
Regional session dates:
• Sunshine Coast (Currimundi): 29-30 April
• Gold Coast (Robina): 1-2 May
• Toowoomba: 3 May
• Rockhampton: 7-8 May
• Mackay: 9-10 May
• Cairns: 13-14 May
• Townsville: 15-16 May
Face-to-face sessions will also be available in Brisbane locations from 9 April.
People or organisations can make submissions online, email, post or face-to-face until 5pm Friday 17 May 2019.
The full schedule of dates, as well as details on how to book in for a session is available on the Taskforce’s website www.qld.gov.au/specialjointtaskforce