Coffs Harbour State member Andrew Fraser talks with disgruntled tradies at the site of the Perle Pty Ltd public housing project.
Coffs Harbour State member Andrew Fraser talks with disgruntled tradies at the site of the Perle Pty Ltd public housing project.

Govt. inquiry into Perle insolvency

HAVING been a champion for local tradies left out of pocket by the collapse of Perle Pty Ltd, local State member Andrew Fraser has welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into Construction Industry Insolvency.

Announced by the Minister for Finance and Services, the Hon Greg Pearce, Mr Fraser said the inquiry is important to a lot of people in Coffs Harbour.

"There are a number of sub contractors in the Coffs Harbour area who have been extremely financially hard hit over the past couple of years by the collapse of the companies Perle Pty Ltd, St Hilliers and Reed Constructions," Mr Fraser said.

"The Inquiry is a start into helping ensure sub contractors receive payment for the work they undertake.

"I would like to encourage all sub contractors who have suffered financial loss under the process that was established by the previous Labor Government to make a submission to the Inquiry."

The NSW Government is welcoming submissions on its 'Have Your Say' website - www.nsw.gov.au/haveyoursay.

Alternatively, interested parties can email info@iicii.nsw.gov.au or write to the Chairman, Inquiry into Construction Industry Insolvency, GPO Box 15, Sydney NSW 2001.

Mr Fraser said a change of policy in appointing contractors is required in regards to Public Works.

"It is my belief the appointment of Tier One contractors from Sydney is costing the State Government money that should be going into the pockets of the sub contractors who are actually doing the work," he said.

"If these contracts were to be handled by existing State Government Departments and agencies, such as the Department of Public Works, the Government will save money.

"There are numerous well established building companies in regional NSW who are quite capable of doing this work."



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