Painter's fight to be paid hits business again
WHEN Walton Construction went broke into 2013, Cheryll and Dan Harper were hit hard.
Their painting business was left unpaid for half the work they did on Nambour Coles and the heritage houses attached to the site.
Their losses forced them to rethink what they were doing and led them to shut down the business. Dan went back to working for someone else and Cheryll, who did the accounts, to other employment.
Eventually they bit the bullet starting again as Enzign Painting taking a commercial shed at Kunda Park and beginning to rebuild.
Cheryll has spent the past six weeks chasing payment from Ddel Constructions for $3474.85 for touch up painting work they did.
Payment was due on December 15.
It may not seem a lot but the value of any amount has to be measured against circumstance. Painting is the lowest paid trade with small margins. Every cent counts.
"I feel like closing the business down," Cheryll said.
"No wonder people don't want to be in the construction industry.
"Dan and I are stressed to the max."
Ms Harper said it was well past the time the whole industry was shaken up.
"No wonder people are killing themselves," she said.
"We did the job in December and we are now fighting for the money. There's been phone calls and emails. I'm disgusted in them."
She's also unimpressed with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. On Wednesday she spent three hours trying to get through to the regulator only to give up in frustration.
It took an hour Thursday morning on hold before she finally got to speak with someone.
When she did she was told that despite having an acknowledged proof of debt she would have to write a letter of demand to the company, post it and then wait 10 days before the QBCC could act.