Illawarra builder Jason Gow fined by watchdog

Builder Jason Gow

Builder Jason Gow

High-profile builder Jason Gow and his company Gow Construction Pty Ltd have been found guilty of improper conduct and fined collectively $12,000 by the Department of Fair Trading.

Mr Gow, who was named the Illawarra Business Leader of the Year in October last year, was issued with a notice to show cause in his capacity as director and nominated supervisor of the company for failing to perform work in a proper and workmanlike manner and failing to carry out work with due diligence and within a reasonable time.

The company faced similar allegations over the same failures.

Mr Gow and the company trade under the independently owned franchise G.J. Gardner Homes Illawarra, which is based at Warilla.

A spokesperson for Fair Trading said the notice to show cause for improper conduct was disciplinary action against Mr Gow and Gow Constructions and was not a court or tribunal matter. As such, further details were not made available to the Mercury.

The spokesperson said Fair Trading had the power to issue a formal caution or reprimand, impose a monetary penalty or condition, or cancel a licence and disqualify the party from holding or obtaining a licence in the future.

An online licence check showed Mr Gow was fined $5000 and Gow Constructions $7000 on July 15 for improper conduct. Mr Gow declined to comment on the matter on Monday but said the fines had been paid.

In a Mercury report last year, several homeowners accused Mr Gow of defective and poor quality workmanship.

Mr Gow said at the time that in a small number of cases where a customer had not been satisfied, the company had worked to find a fair outcome in accordance with its legal obligations.

Gow Constructions has one matter before the NSW Civil and Consumer Tribunal.

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