THE plight of building sub-contractors owed $1.6 million after the collapse of Sydney construction company Perle has been raised in Federal Parliament.
Nationals’ member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, took the Gillard Government to task over the matter, highlighting how the company entered administration while building “stimulus package” projects across NSW.
In Coffs Harbour, Perle has been unable to complete a NSW Housing unit block in Harbour Drive.
Local creditors this week blockaded the worksite with concrete barriers, protesting for the State and Federal governments to intervene in the debacle.
The rally came after a majority of the creditors voted not to return to complete the project until they were paid what they are owed.
Mr Hartsuyker questioned whether the government’s rush to spend stimulus money through a social housing initiative had contributed to the collapse of Perle.
“This is what the then Minister for Housing, the member for Sydney (Tanya Plibersek), said about the initiative in a media release following her visit to inspect a property at Hervey Bay: ‘The program is delivering great value for money ... I am delighted that a local building company is doing the work on this project and that seven local tradespeople are employed on site. This shows how important the stimulus plan has been in supporting local jobs through the global recession’.”
Mr Hartsuyker said a different picture had been painted in Coffs.
“The result is that 58 local companies are facing the prospect of getting as little as 10 cents in the dollar on individual accounts running into hundreds of thousands of dollars,” he said.