Public warned about unlicensed fencer Matthew Rixon

Queensland’s building industry watchdog has issued a Public Warning about Matthew Geoffrey Rixon, who is alleged to have committed a number of building-related offences in Queensland. Picture: SOLANA PHOTOGRAPHY

Queensland’s building industry watchdog has issued a Public Warning about Matthew Geoffrey Rixon, who is alleged to have committed a number of building-related offences in Queensland.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has warned consumers, contractors and suppliers to be cautious in their dealings with Mr Rixon, who is believed to be operating in the Wide Bay-Burnett area, particularly Maryborough.

He has also been active in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

QBCC Commissioner, Brett Bassett, said Mr Rixon does not hold a QBCC licence and is not able to carry out, advertise for, or enter into contracts to carry out, building work in Queensland valued over $3,300.

“We warn anyone dealing with Mr Rixon or his businesses to use extreme caution and seek legal advice before making any payments, to protect their interests,” Mr Bassett said.

“He is alleged to have taken deposits exceeding the maximum allowed under the QBCC Act.

“The QBCC is aware of several complaints of unlawful conduct by Mr Rixon, and that complaints have also been made to the Office of Fair Trading and the Queensland Police,” Mr Bassett said.

Mr Rixon was also the subject of a Public Warning released last week by the Queensland Office of Fair Trading and the Queensland Police Service.

He is known to use aliases, including Matthew Douglas and Matt Douglas, and has used names that are similar to reputable companies to try and attract unsuspecting consumers.

Mr Bassett said QBCC compliance activities now included new technology targetting unlawful advertising on social media platforms to identify unlicensed individuals trying to work illegally.

“Anyone advertising to perform building work, including on digital platforms, must include their QBCC licence number and the name of their business, otherwise we’re coming after them.”

The QBCC strongly encourages consumers to always use the free licence check on the QBCC website to confirm if a person is appropriately licensed.

The QBCC website also offers a free Find a Local Contractor search to help consumers locate a local, licensed and skilled tradesperson.

Mr Rixon is associated with a number of business names, including but not limited to:

Coral Fencing

Wide Bay Fencing

All About Fences, and

East Coast Fencing Solutions.

It appears that he also goes by the following aliases:

Adriano Hoelzle De Moraes

Andrew GOUGH

Matthew Douglas

Matthew EWING

Matthew GEOFFREY and

Patrick HARDING.