Ques­tions over JMK projects

Central Telegraph - - CQ INDUSTRY -

THE fu­ture of nine State Gov­ern­ment con­struc­tion con­tracts is un­clear fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the JM Kelly Group.

Four of the projects were un­der­way when the Rock­hamp­ton com­pany went into re­ceiver­ship in Oc­to­ber, and a fur­ther five com­pleted projects re­main in­side the de­fect no­ti­fi­ca­tion pe­riod.

Shadow Min­is­ter for Hous­ing and Pub­lic Works Michael Hart said com­mu­ni­ties and work­ers were cry­ing out for an­swers.

“Peo­ple’s jobs and com­mu­nity projects are on the line, but the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment has gone to ground,” Mr Hart said.

“We have no cer­tainty around what projects will be saved and who will be re­spon­si­ble for fix­ing de­fects on JM Kelly build­ings if they emerge.

Mr Hart said the LNP would keep dig­ging for an­swers.

“We don’t know why the gov­ern­ment kept work­ing with JM Kelly, de­spite the fact that se­ri­ous con­cerns were be­ing raised about the com­pany in 2016 and 2017,” he said.

Rock­hamp­ton Hos­pi­tal Stage 1B is an on­go­ing pro­ject and a Health De­part­ment spokesper­son told The Morn­ing Bul­letin that Queens­land Health had en­gaged the Build­ing and As­set Ser­vices (BAS) di­vi­sion of the De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Pub­lic Works to man­age the works needed to com­plete Stage 1B, the cen­tral ster­il­i­sa­tion de­part­ment.

A spokesper­son for the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads, re­spon­si­ble for the $3 mil­lion Cal­laghan Park, boat ramp, float­ing walk­way and car trailer park con­struc­tion, said it had been no­ti­fied that JM Kelly Builders had re­cently en­tered into vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“TMR is con­sid­er­ing its op­tions in re­spect to de­fec­tive works (and) will con­tinue to work through the is­sues.”

Photo: Leighton Smith

UN­CER­TAINTY: Rock­hamp­ton Re­gion coun­cil­lor Tony Williams (left) and for­mer Rock­hamp­ton MP Bill Byrne were happy to see the North Rock­hamp­ton boat ramp fa­cil­ity get the green light but what will hap­pen now af­ter the col­lapse of JM Kelly Group?

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