MASTER ELECTRICIANS AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS ENGAGEMENT OF LOCAL CONTRACTORS

I was pleased to read the following media release which was recently issued by Master Electricians Australia on behalf of its industry members.

The preference to try and source local tradies and other contractors during the difficult times as we enter the disaster recovery phase has become a hot issue throughout the Bundaberg Region and I’m personally encouraged to see an industry association make a public statement in support of that process.

Hopefully, others will do likewise if they haven’t already done so.

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9 February 2013

Master Electricians Australia has called on insurance companies to “buy local” when they are sourcing contractors for flood repair work in Bundaberg and other parts of regional Queensland.

Master Electricians Australia Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Richards said the organisation had received a number of reports of outside contractors being flown into Bundaberg for flood reconstruction work, at the expense of local businesses.

He urged insurance companies to get behind the local tradies first, before handing work over to electricians from outside the region.

“Rebuilding a community takes more than just putting everything back together. It’s about supporting the local economy, just as much as it is about physically cleaning up the mess,” Mr Richards said.

“While there’s nothing illegal about bringing in contractors from out of town, there are local businesses crying out for the job”.

“Many of those businesses are flood victims themselves, and they need as much support as possible to ensure they remain viable and continue to employ locals”.

“We understand that it’s an extremely busy time for insurers, but bringing in outside contractors is not the answer and it won’t help the community to get back on their feet.”

Mr Richards also warned homeowners to be wary of unlicensed electrical workers hoping to cash-in on the misfortune of flood victims.

“Unfortunately stories of travelling conmen, exploiting unsuspecting residents, are all too common after natural disasters,” Mr Richards said.

“These shonky traders generally perform substandard work or leave without completing the job and it is often impossible to contact them if something goes wrong with their work. It is essential you always use a licensed electrical contractor and if you have any doubts, ask to view their license.”

To find a Master Electrician or licensed contractor nearby, for any of your electrical needs, use the online booking service or call 1300 889 198.

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