How local tradies can get involved in TC Debbie rebuild

Queensland builders and tradies are encouraged to help their local community rebuild by signing up for insurance work in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

RACQ is one of many Queensland insurers who encourage the use of local tradespeople.

Club spokesperson Renee Smith said there were many benefits of using local trades.

“Local trades want to help their community recover,” Ms Smith said.

“And by using local people we can give the community a much-needed economic boost at a time when many local businesses have suffered themselves.”

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) said tradesman wanting to share in the lucrative work available should register with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au

“In the aftermath of disasters, insurers’ first priority is to their policyholders, and making sure repairs and rebuilding work are done to the highest standard in the shortest possible time,” said ICA CEO Rob Whelan.

“For this reason, many insurers have strategic arrangements with building companies, suppliers and project managers to undertake repairs and building works. These companies often sub-contract work to local builders and tradespeople if they are qualified, reputable, price competitive and have capacity.”

RACQ said affected homeowners should lodge a claim before contracting any repair work. Contact 13 7202 or visit www.RACQ.com.