Questions over JMK projects
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.”
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?