Perle to be liquidated
NSW creditors of failed construction company Perle Industries yesterday voted to liquidate the company and assess their legal options.
Representatives of 60 Coffs Harbour sub-contractors attended a meeting in Sydney, chaired by administrators Rodgers Reidy.
Rather than allow the company to complete its unfinished State Government contracts in Wollongong, Sydney and Coffs Harbour, trade companies unanimously voted to wind up Perle Industries.
Statewide, Perle has left debts of almost $10 million, $1.6 million of which is owed to sub-contractors locally.
It came as the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union stepped up pressure on Julia Gillard to launch a public inquiry into the collapse of three construction companies, including Perle, contracted by Bovis Lend Lease to work on 22 NSW school sites and three NSW public housing projects.
A spokesman for Workplace Relations Minister Chris Evans said he would refer the complaints to Brad Orgill’s Building Education Revolution implementation taskforce.
“One’s an accident, two is embarrassing but three is an emerging pattern,” the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union’s Andrew Quirk said.
“In each case, Bovis have said they will take the concerns on board but nothing has actually happened.”
A Bovis Lend Lease spokesman defended the company’s management of BER projects, saying all the work had been done in accordance with government procurement requirements and that a sub-contractor prequalification process was in place in all projects.
“This includes independent financial assessments and evaluating experience and capacity to deliver the required works,” he said.
Coffs Harbour creditors will today meet with solicitors to consider the legal grounds for action against the Department of Housing, Bovis Lend Lease and Perle’s directors.