Building industry hits backBack
Major players in Canberra’s building industry have launched a campaign focusing on the “stories of developers, architects, planners, engineers and local business” in response to “negative media” coverage.
Master Builders ACT, The Canberra Business Chamber and the Property Council of Australia ACT Division launched the ‘Our Place’ campaign. A website showcasing stories from a range of local builders and developers.
“Our industry has felt the need to take the unprecedented step of launching this campaign to respond to the negative media that has flooded our local papers, social media, TV and radio about building quality,” said Master Builders ACT CEO Michael Hopkins.
ACT Property Council executive director Adina Cirson said the sector is “critical to the diversity of the economy”. They contribute more to government revenue than any other.
Both Master Builders ACT and the ACT Division of the Property Council of Australia have previously expressed concern over the ACT Government’s changes to Canberra’s building laws, and objected to Building Quality Minister Gordon Ramsay’s use of the term “dodgy” to describe builders and developers doing the wrong thing.
Minister Ramsay’s office has previously told Canberra Weekly it cannot be left to “industry to reform industry”; an ACT Government spokesperson said “the Government makes no apology for protecting Canberrans from dodgy operators who use sophisticated corporate structures to avoid their obligations to fix faulty work”.
Minister Ramsay has introduced a raft of changes to the Assembly including a licensing scheme for developers. Also laws to prevent illegal “phoenixing” and to hold company directors personally liable for building defects.