Customers urged to avoid unlicensed landscaper

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers not to deal with unlicensed landscaper Peter Hynes who is believed to be operating in the Lake Macquarie area.

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rose Webb said several recent complaints have been received from consumers about Mr Hynes (formerly known as Peter Garay and also uses the name Todd Hynes)”.

“Consumers have complained about Mr Hynes doorknocking their homes in new housing estates in Teralba, in the Lake Macquarie area, and offering landscaping work that he is not licensed to do,” Ms Webb said.

“Mr Hynes, who introduces himself as either “Peter”, “Todd” or “Paul”, has not ever held a licence under the Home Building Act authorising him to contract for or perform any type of residential building work.”

Fair Trading NSW is currently investigating these complaints.

Mr Hynes has been taken to court by Fair Trading on four occasions between 2003 and 2019. Mr Hynes is currently serving an 18-month Intensive Correction Order after being convicted in 2019 of offences under the Home Building Act.

If consumers have had dealings with Mr Hynes or see him they are requested to contact NSW Fair Trading.

Consumers can check if their tradesperson is licensed by going to or contacting Fair Trading on 13 32 20.

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