Action has been taken against a Pelican Waters man over unlicensed works. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Action has been taken against a Pelican Waters man over unlicensed works. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Man fined more than $50,000 for unlicensed building

A PELICAN Waters-based man has been fined and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to 20 charges including unlicensed building.

Lube Petreski was fined more than $37,000 and ordered to pay almost $20,000 in restitution to two owners, after he pleaded guilty to 20 charges related to unlawful building work, a statement by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission said.

The industry watchdog brought the charges against Petreski for offences committed between 2017 and 2019.

The matter was held via telephone in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The QBCC statement said the charges brought included unlicensed building, taking excessive deposits for work and failure to have a contract in place.

QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett said the magistrate had noted the seriousness of the offences and that vulnerable people, including retirees and people of “modest means”, had been significantly affected.

“Unlawful building work can also potentially threaten public safety and expose current and future homeowners to defective and incomplete work,” Mr Bassett said.

“Mr Petreski should have been aware of the requirement to be licensed because he had held a QBCC licence until we cancelled and excluded him from 2009 to 2014 because of a bankruptcy event,” Mr Bassett said.

The offences related to work at properties in Pelican Waters, Noosaville, Birtinya and Narangba, and included concreting, paving, landscaping and drainage work.

A search of QBCC’s licensing website showed no current active licence classes on record under Petreski’s name.

In January last year, the Daily reported the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal had ordered Petreski pay about $54,000 in damages to a Little Mountain homeowner for defective backyard renovations carried out between November 2015 and March 2016.

The Daily attempted to contact Petreski via his lawyers, who did not comment.


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