Builder delivers on payment promise
A SUNSHINE Coast painting subcontractor is breathing easier after receiving the first instalment payment of an invoice she has been chasing a Brisbane builder to pay since December 15.
Cheryll Harper of Enzign Painters at Kunda Park said the construction supervisor for Develop Deliver Constructions of Eagle Farm had also rung to say the remainder of the outstanding $3300 invoice would be paid weekly until the debt is cleared.
"I'm glad they have kept their word," Ms Harper said.
The experience and the loss of a significant amount in the 2013 Walton Construction collapse for work done on the Nambour Coles and heritage house projects have left them cautious and planning a new approach to their involvement in the industry.
Ms Harper and her husband Danny on Wednesday met with a group of medium-sized Sunshine Coast commercial painters to form a network to effectively watch each other's back.
They plan to share exposure on big jobs to lessen the impact of a serious loss and to keep good painters in work on the Coast.
"It was very positive," she said.
"We realise if you stand up you can get the money owing to you. You have to fight for it but it's worth pursuing."
The Harpers are in the process of updating their website to make clear they require full due diligence from anyone wanting them to work on a project, to show they are a viable company and can pay their bills.
"We want full information about a company before we sign a contract," Cheryll said.
"We want to know who the directors are and who holds the building licence. It's time to turn the tables."
Develop Deliver Constructions construction manager Danny Senior told the Sunshine Coast Daily last week "mistakes have been made" but the company would not be closing its doors.
His comments came after subcontractors were initially offered as little as 25 cents in the dollar against invoices amounting to tens of thousands of dollars.
Mr Senior said the offers should never have been made.
"The payment plans won't extend for months. We are moving forward with the right personnel and will not be making the mistakes of the past," he said.