A Townsville company and body corporate, Reelaw Pty Ltd and Body Corporate for Metro Community Title Scheme 28454, were ordered to pay a total of $42,000 by the Townsville Magistrates Court yesterday (13 December, 2017) after failing to ensure buildings they are responsible for were compliant with building fire safety legislation. 

The sentencings followed a successful prosecution by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). 

Reelaw Pty Ltd, the occupier of a Flinders Street building, plead guilty to six charges pursuant to the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 and the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008. The company was handed a $12,000 fine. 

Body Corporate for Metro Community Title Scheme 28454, occupier of Metro Quays, plead guilty to six charges pursuant to the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990. The body corporate was handed a $30,000 fine. 

The offences, committed between October 2016 and April 2017, included failing to maintain prescribed fire safety installations and failing to comply with rectification notices. These failures were identified during a number of routine building fire safety inspection checks by QFES officers. 

QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the matter was a serious breach of the occupants’ trust and that failing to meet any obligations under the legislation were of great concern. 

“It is vital fire safety is taken seriously, particularly when the impact on an occupant’s well-being could be life-changing,” Ms Carroll said. 

“We have a duty of care to work with the relevant authorities to ensure occupiers are meeting fire safety protocols, and if not, are being held accountable for their actions.

“Hopefully this result acts as a strong reminder to any building occupiers who underestimate the importance of fire safety.”