A woman who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars after being caught up in an Orange building company collapse may finally get her home built.
Nearly two years after Fiona Bond's dreams of moving from Sydney to Orange and building her own home were shattered, work will re-start on the north Orange project this month.
Ms Bond said she would soon be signing a contract with Orange building company, BT Homes.
My emotions over the past two years have been up, down, up and downFiona Bond, homeowner
She said it was an emotional time when she was told the work would soon be starting.
"When my son, [Adrian Bond] told me the contract was being put together I just burst into tears. That was my response really," she said.
"My emotions over the past two years have been up, down, up and down.
"First thing is the brickwork. There's the electrical and the plumbing, the back wall and gyprocking."
Ms Bond said she had received some offers of help from people in Orange, and a group of tradies had fixed her roof for free.
However she said she was still short of funds to complete the work.
Ms Bond, who has progressive immune disorders, said she was unable to work and therefore could not get a loan to complete the build.
"The other people [caught up in the Greenbuild Group/Wentworth Homes collapse in 2019] have had to borrow. I can't," she said.
"What I need now is any local business that would happily donate kitchen appliances, bathroom appliances, flooring, paint and lighting.
"If I could get help it would see me to be able to finish the house properly.
"I came to Orange and thought I'd build to give tradespeople work."
Ms Bond said she had "probably lost $350,000" in the building collapse.
"I gave him [the owner] $406,000 and $35,000 of that was cash for a retaining wall."
"Out of that $406,000 all I got was the concrete slab and the timber," Ms Bond said.
She said the company owner, who has left Orange, was still being pursued by authorities over the matter.
Ms Bond said she had only received 20 per cent of her money back through a state government compensation fund.
She had expected to get most of her money back.
Instead last year Ms Bond received just $98,000 through the Home Building Compensation Fund administered by Icare.
A spokeswoman for Icare last year said that was the limit of the safety net available to home owners in such circumstances.
"Essentially the HBCF covers home owners for 20 per cent of final contract price including variations up to $340,000 in the event of a builder's or contractor's insolvency, death, disappearance or licence suspension," she said.
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