Nick Stevens under investigation: Former AFL star in pool probe

Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens

DISGRACED former AFL star Nick Stevens faces an investigation by the state building watchdog amid claims he owes substantial money to suppliers and Sunraysia customers.

The investigation centres on allegations his business Leisure Pools Mildura installed swimming pools without permits.

Several customers who paid Leisure Pools Mildura deposits have been left with incomplete pools.

Leisure Pools and Spas Manufacturing (LPSM) had an agreement to supply Mr Stevens with pool shells until the deal ended in January.

LPSM said it received complaints and now alleges the former Carlton and Port Adelaide player owes it “a significant amount of money”.

Mr Stevens declined to comment when contacted by Sunraysia Daily today. 

Mildura Rural City Council confirmed five stop-work notices were issued for Leisure Pools Mildura jobs. Two of those cases have since been resolved.

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) did not indicate how many pool installations were under scrutiny when contacted by Sunraysia Daily.

“As it’s a matter currently under investigation, we are unable to provide any commentary,” a VBA spokesman said.

The Leisure Pools Mildura business name is registered to NJS Excavation and Landscapes Pty Ltd − of which Mr Stevens is the sole director and sole shareholder, according to the ASIC registry.

The 38-year-old moved to Sunraysia to join the Red Cliffs Football Netball Club at the end of 2015, after his professional coaching career was curtailed when a domestic violence conviction led to his sacking from SANFL club Glenelg.

He is believed to have left the district and a Red Cliffs spokesman today said the club had not been able to contact the midfielder for about a month.

Swimming pools can be constructed only by registered builders or owner-builders who have obtained a certificate of consent from the VBA.

Pool fence installer Garry Alderton said he contacted Mr Stevens after learning a job site did not have a building permit.

“He said the permit was on its way,” Mr Alderton said, but it never arrived.

Mr Alderton said he was aware of at least five people whose pool installations had been left in limbo, including some who had paid substantial deposits to Mr Stevens.

Mr Alderton also faces the prospect of losing a $3000 deposit for a fence paid by one of Mr Stevens’ customers.

Mr Stevens is not listed as an accredited builder on the VBA register.

“LPSM encourages anyone who has money owing by Mr Stevens or a related company to contact the Mildura police or, if they have a complaint about defective building work, to contact the Victorian building regulator, the Victorian Building Authority at vba.vic.gov.au for further advice,” the pool supplier said in a statement to Sunraysia Daily.​

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