More than 260 Tweed residents attended recent Fair Trading information sessions to learn about their consumer rights, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said.
As part of the My Place program, Fair Trading officers delivered eight information sessions and conducted 19 inspections of motor vehicle dealers and repairers in the Tweed area.
Mr Provest said the program is an excellent way for the Tweed community to upskill on consumer rights.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for local residents and businesses to hear first-hand about their rights and responsibilities in the marketplace,” Mr Provest said.
“It’s so important that consumers and businesses have the right knowledge and skills to make informed decisions.”
During the seminars, Fair Trading staff highlighted the rights and responsibilities involved in being a self-managed landlord as well as giving advice on strata management.
Mr Provest said Fair Trading staff also conducted compliance checks on local Tweed businesses to make sure products and services were safe for the public.
“Officers inspected three motor dealers and found two to be non-compliant, issuing four penalty infringement notices worth $550 each,” Mr Provest said
In addition, 16 motor vehicle repairers were inspected and 12 were found to be non-compliant, with eight inspection reports and three penalty infringement notices being issued.
Fair Trading also inspected 38 motor vehicle trade certificates and found two were non-compliant, issuing each with a penalty infringement notice.
“It was great to see 18 local tradies at the Home Building Information Seminar that aimed to help them understand and comply with home building laws and regulations,” Mr Provest said.
“The Revved Up Youth information sessions also had a great turn out with 120 participants getting helpful advice on buying their first car.”
Fair Trading will conduct follow-up inspections to ensure non-compliant traders have addressed any areas of concern in the coming weeks.
For more information about the program or for consumer advice, visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au or call 13 32 20.