NSW Fair Trading Commissioner, Rose Webb, today issued a public warning advising consumers not to deal with CDA Fencing Pty Ltd and Matthew Geoffrey Rixon – or his suspected aliases “Matthew Douglas” and “Matt Douglas”.
This is one of many public warnings that Fair Trading has issued about Mr Rixon, after also bringing multiple court proceedings against the unlicensed tradesman.
“We have received several complaints about CDA Fencing Pty Ltd and Mr Rixon, including his aliases. The complaints indicate that Mr Rixon accepts deposits from his customers over the phone but fails to complete the agreed work or provide refunds,” Ms Webb said.
Mr. Rixon is currently the subject of an injunctive order by the Supreme Court that prohibits him from contracting, being engaged in, or involved with residential building work in any capacity.
“Fair Trading believes that Mr Rixon is using the aliases Matthew Douglas and Matt Douglas to avoid detection and evade the injunction” Ms. Webb said.
“Mr. Rixon is notlicensed to do or supervise residential building work; he takes people’s money without completing the agreed work, or does defective work” Ms. Webb said.
Mr Rixon has been the subject of numerous public warnings from Fair Trading since 2012, as well as legal action, which has seen Mr Rixon extradited from Queensland in February 2018 and convicted and sentenced in March for contempt of court.
Fair Trading reminds consumers to only deal with licensed traders, if the work requires a licence. Licences can be verified on Fair Trading’s website www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 32 20.
“We also remind consumers not to pay a deposit if they have not met the trader or if they have not carefully reviewed the trader’s quote,” Ms. Webb said.
Anyone who has had problems with CDA Fencing Pty Ltd, Matthew Geoffrey Rixon or his aliases, Matthew and Matt Douglas, should contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 to lodge a complaint.