The Minister for Housing Frank Terenzini.
The Minister for Housing Frank Terenzini.

Tradies get an update on Perle

A FIRED up Andrew Fraser accepted the Housing Minister’s invitation to thrash out what’s gone wrong with these government building contracts.

The member for Coffs emerged from the Macquarie Street bunker after meeting Frank Terenzini late yesterday with an update for local tradies.

“The Minister maintains he wants to see the jobs finished, that may be the best thing for the Department of Housing, but it’s not the best thing for the subcontractors, it would not mean the sub-contractors would be paid,” Mr Fraser said.

“The Minister appealed to my sensitivities that people need to be housed in the Harbour Drive development, but I made it clear some sub-contractors are in such a state they may lose their own homes,” he said.

Mr Fraser said he asked for copies of the contract the Department of Housing signed with Perle Housing, the contract arranged by managing contractor Bovis Lend Lease between Perle Pty Ltd and the financial assessment of Perle, undertaken by two independent companies on behalf of the Department of Housing.

“I am still at a loss to know how a company with just $104,000 in assets in receivership could have been given a clean bill of health to undertake these projects,” he said.

“I would like copies of these documents so on the behalf of the affected Coffs Harbour creditors we can ascertain whether the company has hidden assets in entering voluntary administration.”

Mr Fraser also asked why the State Government had not taken legal action over so called ‘false’ statutory declarations signed by Perle directors indicating all sub-contractors had been paid.

“There have clearly been breaches of the Oaths Act, and I believe those responsible should be exposed to the full penalties of the law, whereas the government says it isn’t keen to follow the legal path until the administration process is complete,” he said.



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