Court orders $56,000 in damages after termite barrier fails

TWO people whose home near Evans Head became infested with termites despite installing a barrier system have been awarded more than $56,000 in damages.

Michael and Judith Robson started building their Beach Rd property at Doonbah in 2000 and included a steel Termite Tite steel barrier system when pouring its concrete slab.

Six years later, the system had failed and termites had breached the home.

Several treatments by Yamba-based business The White Ant Company failed to stop further infestation because of incorrect installation.

Attempts to remedy the problem continued through to 2010, when legal proceedings began.

The White Ant Company did not design, manufacture, supply or install the Termite Tite barrier. However, it assumed responsibility for it on the Robsons' contract.

District Court Judge Garry Neilson ordered the company to pay the Robsons $56,492 in damages.