VBA building expert on hand to advise on rebuilding

People discussing building plans
With many residents of East Gippsland, Towong and Alpine shires in the process of rebuilding their homes, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is making building expert Peter Collina available to anyone who needs help or advice navigating the rebuilding process.

Peter is a registered building surveyor and domestic builder, and previously assisted residents after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and the 2015 Wye River/Separation Creek bushfire.

He is available from 1 pm to 5 pm Tuesday to Friday to provide advice on:

  • building or rebuilding in a bushfire-prone area
  • Bushfire Attack Level assessments (what they are and what they mean)
  • building permit applications and documentation requirements
  • using a registered building designer, surveyor and builder
  • domestic building insurance (also known as builders’ warranty insurance)
  • owner-builder responsibilities
  • Occupancy Permits or Certificates of Final Inspection
  • timelines to commence and complete building work
  • private bushfire shelters
  • emergency accommodation structures (short-term modular housing)
  • building disputes and issues encountered during construction.

To contact Peter, please email peter.collina@vba.vic.gov.au.

Video conferencing is available by appointment.