Public warning issued against deceitful fencing contractor
23 December 2019
Matthew Geoffrey Rixon, 34, is again preying on unsuspecting Queenslanders looking to hire someone to build them a fence. This time he has set up a business in South East Queensland, trading as Sunstate Fencing and Sunstate Fencing Solutions.
This is one of several public warnings Queensland’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has issued about Mr Rixon, after also bringing court proceedings against him.
Also known to operate under the aliases Matthew Douglas or Matt Douglas, Mr Rixon has been subject to a number of prosecutions and court orders in both Queensland and New South Wales, and has been permanently banned from conducting residential building work in any capacity in NSW.
Currently, Mr Rixon is the subject of court proceedings in NSW for operating as an unlicensed tradesman, and a prosecution by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission for company offences. He is due to face court for both proceedings early in the new year.
Mr Rixon has been known to take money from consumers without completing the contracting work he has agreed to undertake.
Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said Mr Rixon remains unlicensed to undertake building work in Queensland and consumers should avoid dealing with him.
“Mr Rixon is a fraudster and his conduct continually demonstrates he has a flagrant disregard for the law,” Mr Bauer said.
“He has no respect for consumers’ rights and his ongoing efforts to scam unsuspecting consumers proves his deceptiveness shows no boundaries.”
Anyone who has had problems with Mr Rixon, his aliases, or Sunstate Fencing should contact Queensland Fair Trading on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or at https://www.qld.gov.au/law/fair-trading to lodge a complaint.
The OFT is also reminding consumers to only deal with licenced traders. Consumers can check the Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s website to confirm a tradie is appropriately licensed to complete any projects.