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Have you ever heard of the infamous “ Doc Spiros” from Caboolture, known within working holiday maker and harvest circles for all the wrong reasons, Doc Spiros ( Spiros Pandelakis) has been fined $1.1 million dollars for running budget / working holiday maker accommodation that didn’t meet safety regulations since 2009. ( According to Sunshine Coast Daily)

He was known to promise harvest work that did not exist in order to obtain tenants weekly board. Facebook pages such as Shut Down Doc Spiros and Victims of Doc Spiros were setup to alert harvest workers and working holiday makers of what was happeneing in Caboolture. There was also a Today Tonight exposé on Doc Spiros which gives an insight into the accommodation on offer from Doc Spiro’s company.

On the 25th of October, Pandelakis was sentenced to to two months in prison and a four-month suspended sentence, the two terms to be served concurrently and fined $415,000. When being sentenced Prosecutor Michael Nicholson said the company and individual had showed blatant disregard for the law, have had previous convictions and have also shown total disregard for fire safety.

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G'day Guys, My name is Dimi, I'm one of the admins/starters of . Freddie and I started this community to help working holiday makers and harvest workers find jobs in an easy and transparent manner. We're not just here to help you finding jobs, anything related to your working holiday down under, we will help try find a way to make it easier for you too achieve. Getting your tax done, deals, travel spots... you name it. If you ever have any questions or feedback please don't hesitate to ask. We're always looking for ways to improve the site and help meet our members needs and build a stronger community. Hope you're doing well and best of luck. Cheers Dimi

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