Faith restored for one homeowner

TWO months after a local building company’s collapse left Paul Craig’s great Aussie dream in limbo, workmen are back on site getting his house built.

Paul and his partner, Avalene Giffin, were one of 15 homeowners hit by the collapse of G.J. Gardner Homes Coffs Harbour in late June.

Helped under the Homeowners Warranty Insurance Fund, Mr Craig says his faith in the building brand has been restored, with G.J Gardner Homes Grafton stepping in to see the job through.

“It’s just a massive relief to have things moving again. The tiles are being ordered this week, the builders will be back on site and we are going to have a house in a few months instead of just a house frame,” Mr Craig said.

“I have to give full credit to G.J. Gardner Homes Grafton ... they have expedited the whole insurance process, we are extremely happy.”

Mr Craig’s $274,000 project at Moonee Beach ground to a halt when the local franchise went into liquidation and left debts totalling $2 million in the local building industry.

Despite having to rent after selling his home, Mr Craig said he was ‘satisfied’ with the outcome.

Managing director of G.J. Gardner Homes Grafton, Rick Fischer, said the aim was to have Paul and his family into their home by the new year.

“A priority in this whole process has also been to have the local Coffs Harbour sub-contractors reappointed to the homes they were building under the former franchisee,” Mr Fischer said.

“With the same tradies returning to the worksites we hope to have three of those projects completed as soon as possible.

“Morally, it’s been the right thing to do.

“There is a lot of strength in the G.J. Gardner brand nationally and we hope to hold that strength in the region by opening a display home in North Sapphire so the brand continues to trade in the local area.”

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