New govt to view Perle

BUILDING sub-contractors left $1.7 million out of pocket by the Perle Pty Ltd debacle are pinning their hopes on the new State Government covering the liability of its predecessor.

The O’Farrell Government will launch an investigation into the collapse of the NSW Housing contractor, with access to the sensitive government documents it was unable to retrieve in Opposition.

“We will finally get to the truth surrounding the letting of tenders by the Department of Housing to Perle as well as the financial assessments undertaken on behalf of the department into the company,” Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said.

Mr Fraser claims former NSW Housing Minister Frank Terenzini, who lost his seat on Saturday, had denied him access to the crucial documents left in the paper trail by the Sydney-based company. That prompted him to file a freedom of information request that is still pending.

Perle went to the wall leaving million dollar debts in the Coffs Harbour building industry after completing public housing units in Azalea Ave and West High St.

It was unable to complete another unit block on Harbour Dr when administrators were appointed and the site has been dormant since it was blockaded by local sub-contractors.

“Once this documentation is sourced from the Department of Housing, it can be established whether there has been negligence. If this is proven it brings about the opportunity for contractors to get the money they are owed back into their pockets," added Mr Fraser. The Perle investigation is due to start after a new Housing Minister is appointed.



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