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Fresh start for subbies after builder goes broke

The Rainbow Beach ambulance station under construction.
The Rainbow Beach ambulance station under construction. Scott Kovacevic

WORK is back on track for the Rainbow Beach ambulance station following the collapse of former principal contractor Batir Pty Ltd.

The company went into liquidation in January forcing the Department of Housing and Public Works Building Asset Services to take possession of the project as well as several other government contracts in south east Queensland.

The department, which will now act as developer/builder on the ambulance station and has re-engaged all subcontractors previously contracted by Batir Pty Ltd.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said Building and Asset Services had been actively seeking to re-employ subcontractors that had been affected by the company's collapse.

"When builders go under, too often subbies are left out of work and out of pocket, so where the Government has stepped back in, and taken over project management of these sites, we've made a real effort to identify and offer contracts to the people who were on the job previously," he said.

"In this case, we've been able to contract with all the subbies who were previously engaged by Batir on this site, and I'd like to see the same outcome for subbies who've been affected on other sites.

"I'd encourage anyone who has previously been working on any government-led Batir construction to get in touch with Building and Asset Services to make sure you get back to work as soon as possible."

To contact the Department of Housing and Public Work's Building and Asset Services, phone (07) 3008 3300 or bas@hpw.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  department of housing liquidation subbies


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