Builders Steve Sampson and Scott Chandler are not happy that insurers are using interstate builders as their preferred builders for flood damaged Ipswich homes.
Builders Steve Sampson and Scott Chandler are not happy that insurers are using interstate builders as their preferred builders for flood damaged Ipswich homes. Rob Williams

No work for our builders

IPSWICH builders say they are losing out on flood reconstruction work as insurance firms dish out contracts to interstate firms.

City construction workers had predicted a boom in work after floods caused widespread destruction throughout Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley in January.

But the deluge of work has not appeared, with one firm even having to lay off staff because of a shortage of work.

Another company has given up preparing quotes for insurance claims after jobs were repeatedly awarded to NSW and Victorian building firms.

Stesco Constructions director Steve Sampson said he was now worried about the future of his business.

“I thought this flood would bring on a scenario where we had too much work,” Mr Sampson said.

“But we are competing with Melbourne and Sydney builders as they are the preferred repairers by insurance companies.”

Master Builders Queensland said it was common for insurance companies to work through established “preferred repairers” in Sydney and Melbourne and has appealed to the State Government to help our tradies.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said: “Insurers should be investing back into the communities where their customers are making claims.”


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