10 April, 2024

Warning over dodgy tradies

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is taking the unusual approach of warning consumers to avoid dealing with Brendan John Hawxwell and his company Cre8tive Construction Group Pty Ltd, after several Queenslanders claim they were ripped off by the tradie.

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The OFT received multiple complaints from consumers who paid Mr Hawxwell for building services across Brisbane and the Gold Coast which he failed to provide, including retaining walls, fencing, and decking.

Mr Hawxwell also operates businesses called ‘Brisbane Fencing and Decking’, or ‘Queensland Fencing and Decking’.

Consumers were required to make substantial payments upfront, with some deposits reaching up to 45 per cent of the value of the quote before work commenced.

They are now substantially out of pocket. Mr Hawxwell and his company operate under business numbers ACN: 662 155 311 and ABN: 94 662 155 311.

The company has now been placed in liquidation.

Queensland Building and Construction Commission building licence numbers listed include:

  • Cre8tive Construction Group Pty Ltd - licence number 15363039 (no longer active)

  • Brendan John Hawxwell - licence number 15187567 (currently active)

Consumers should be aware there are several businesses operating in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria with similar names that are not linked to the public warning notice for Cre8tive Construction Group Pty Ltd and Brendan Hawxwell.

The OFT recommends checking the ACN or ABN to confirm which company you are dealing with.

Consumers should also watch out for social media accounts or websites created by Mr Hawxwell to attract new business.

Recent reports state that he may be advertising his building services in northern NSW as well.

OFT is also advising consumers to avoid buying goods from online motor parts seller Japam Pty Ltd, as the OFT moves to take further action against the company and its owner Jason Murray.

Mr Murray has been operating Japam Pty Ltd ACN 656 929 305, mainly through eBay and Facebook, and has repeatedly failed to provide reconditioned engines bought by consumers, leaving them out of pocket.

The OFT is investigating a number of complaints about this trader including from consumers in other states who ordered engines and failed to receive them.

They were given excuses for the delays, then promised a refund but eventually all communication stopped.

Complaints can be lodged online at or by calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).


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