CCF calls for investigation into Coastal Works
THE Civil Contractors Federation has called on the Office of Local Government to investigate Coffs Harbour City Council's business unit Coastal Works.
CCF chief executive David Castledine has claimed local construction firms run by ratepayers are having to compete against Coastal Works which employs 238 full time staff.
But the council said Coastal Works is generating profits for the benefit of the community by winning projects that would otherwise go to contractors outside the area.
The council said it also allows $5.4million in "engagements to local suppliers and contractors".
Earlier this month, Mr Castledine put 24 questions to the council including queries on its financial reporting.
The council's reply included financial forecasts for Coastal Works including a $900,000 profit for 2015/16.
"We're still unclear on the financials and how it's reported. The appropriate body to investigate is the Office of Local Government," Mr Castledine replied.
Correspondence between the council and the CFF: