More than 1,000 of Queensland’s top roof coating companies are fighting back against a Queensland Government decision to sell off more than $4.3 billion worth of roof coatings to the private sector.
The Government is set to sell more than half of the coatings in Queensland at auction next month, but has decided to keep the rest in private hands.
Some of the new roof coaters are saying the decision is about more than money.
One company owner said he would rather sell his roof coating business than have to rely on a third party to do it for him.
“The Government has bought out all the other companies and has taken all the roof coatants off the market,” he said.
“I’m pretty sure we’ll lose the business.”
Mr O’Neill said his business would continue to supply coats to other customers and he believed the Government should have gone with a third-party company.
“There’s no point putting a third person in there to do the job, it’s going to take away from our business,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“It’s like the whole roofing industry is going to be wiped out, it doesn’t matter what roof it is, it’ll be wiped off.”
The Queensland Government is buying more than 1.8 million coats to replace some of the roof coating used in homes in Brisbane, Townsville and Penrith.
The state Government said the proceeds from the sale would be used to replace roof coatations that are not meeting the standards of the Building Codes.
“Queensland is an environmentally conscious nation and it is important that we take action to improve the environment and meet the standards set by the Building and Building Regulations,” Environment Minister Lisa Neville said in a statement.
“We are confident that all the products that are being sold under the roofing scheme will meet the requirements of the code.”
Some of those who have been affected by the sale have contacted the ABC, asking for advice.
“This is a very stressful time for my business, it means we’re in the process of closing down,” Mr O’Neil said.
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