Mackay and Whitsunday people want local workers hired to fix the region rather than those brought from other areas of the state.
Mackay and Whitsunday people want local workers hired to fix the region rather than those brought from other areas of the state. kzenon

LIST: Residents urged to use local tradies in rebuild

NATURAL disasters are big business and as recovery efforts begin so too do insurance claims for households and companies.

Insured losses are expected to reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars, but will provide work for thousands of builders and other tradespeople assisting in Cyclone Debbie's aftermath.

As the amount of work increases, Mackay and Whitsunday residents are encouraging people to use builders from the region rather than relying on workers brought in from around the state.

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Master Builders regional manager Mackay and Whitsunday Malcolm Hull said when people make an insurance claim, they can request to use their own builder rather than relying on the insurance company's preferred tradespeople.

"We encourage them to use local builders wherever possible,” Mr Hull said.

"If they don't already have someone in mind, they can search either using our find a builder website, or the Queensland Building and Construction Commission's building assistance register.

"No matter who you choose though, always ask for their license as during emergency situations some people try to take advantage of the situation.”

Mr Hull said when builders from the region are used, not only are they employed, but their supply chain also supports other businesses in the region which wouldn't be used otherwise.

Whitsunday based TM Murphy Constructions co-director Margie Murphy agreed and said their existing network of suppliers and tradespeople meant the flow on effects would help the region rebuild quicker.

She said they had been very busy since Cyclone Debbie and will have to employ more people in the next few months to meet demand.

"Unless it's a highly specialised job or there's lots of demand, it just makes sense that local builders should be used,” Ms Murphy said.

RACQ Insurance covers thousands of homes in the Mackay region and as of 1pm Monday had received 953 claims from Cyclone Debbie.

While RACQ has its preferred repairers, principal media advisor financial services Kirsty Clinton said as long as builders meet certain conditions and costs then people can nominate their own choice.

The QBCC building assistance register allows home owners to search for licenced tradespeople in their area who have registered their ability to work on Cyclone Debbie affected properties.

While not all QBCC licensed builders and tradespeople are listed, the range available should be enough to cover most jobs.

The list is continually updated and can be accessed here.

As of 3pm Monday the list for Mackay included:

Achin Bedi - 0419 707 021 - carpenter and sheds

Adam Grace - 0412 448 356 - builder and carpenter

ANA Plumbing and Roofing - 0427 575 072 - plumbing and drainage

Hornicks Plumbing and Drainage - 0417 130 978 - gas fitting, plumbing and drainage

Benjamin Gray - 07 4953 0313 - air-conditioning and refrigeration

Chris Hildebranddt - 0401 014 678 - builder

Piccinelli Builders P/L - 0408 186 798 - builder

Daniel Deguara - 07 4862 - builder and carpenter

Jayden Enterprises P/L - 07 4952 6011 - builder, gas fitting, plumbing and drainage

Edward Donald Whatman - 0413 311 669 - stone masonry, bricklaying, concreter and paving

Graham Townson TRI Plumbing - 0416 157 640 - gas fitting, plumbing and drainage -

James Robert Stace - 0414 387 674 - waterproofing, builder, carpenter, concreter, flooring, painting, plastering, roofs and roof restoration, sheds, shop fitting, tiling, glass and glazing

Jenni Ruth-Curtis Sinclair - 0411 787 204 - plastering

Kenneth John Mcneil - 0417 705 347 - painting

AZZO Project Services - 0447 385 889 - kitchen, fire protection (passive e.g. smoke alarms)

Michael Cotter - 0421 487 804 - builder and carpenter

Patrick Fitzgerald - 0438 110 966 - gas fitting, plumbing, drainage, stone masonry, waterproofing, bricklaying, builder, carpenter, concreter, electrical, flooring, guttering, kitchen, painting, paving, plastering, roofs and roof restoration, sheds, shop fitting, structural steel, swimming pools, tiling, air-conditioning and refrigeration, fire protection (passive e.g. smoke alarms), glass and glazing, and engineers

Paul Raymond Thomas - 07 4959 0945 - builder and carpenter

Rohan Williamson - 0407 556 801 - builder

Rosemary - 0407 635 351 - kitchen

Russel Stewart - 0407 173 654 - shade sails

Shaun Mills - 0420 530 620 - builder and carpenter

Stephen Ware - 0400 200 985 - roofs and roof restoration

Vision Construct Pty Ltd Douglas Blackhurst - 0427 933 777 - builder