Builders want bikies out of industry

THE Master Builders Association supports a State Government move to rid the building and construction industry of people associated wth illegal motorcycle gangs.

Master Builders president Derek Pingel said the changes unveiled by the government were designed to ensure only fit and proper people held contractor licences in the industry.

Individual licensees, company nominees and business partners of licensees had the potential to be affected by the proposed changes, Mr Pingel said.

"These changes will not impact the vast majority of hard working builders and trade contractors who make an honest living.

"However, these reforms will go a long way towards reducing the impact of any criminal organisation or participant in the industry," Mr Pingel said.

"We support the Newman Government's moves that we hope will strengthen our industry and protect the integrity of our trade."

The changes include amendments to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) Act that will allow the Police Commissioner to conduct a criminal gang check for building contractors as part of the QBCC licence application or renewal process.

The changes also grant the QBCC the power to refuse a licence application or suspend or cancel an existing licence for anyone in a criminal organisation.