Distraught North Coast Families Appeal For Pacific Highway Payments


Families owed more than $7 million for work done on a state roads-building project are being torn apart by financial ruin, including the loss of their homes, while the Liberal-National Government refuses to accept responsibility and pay them what they are owed.

Eleven sub-contractors affected by the collapse of a government appointed company to work on the upgrade of the Pacific Highway in Northern NSW travelled to State Parliament at the invitation of NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley.

Mr Foley raised the issue in State Parliament asking three questions of Premier Berejiklian and her Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance who refused to explain their failure to help the families.

The businesses had worked on grading and digging the Ballina to Woolgoolga section of the Pacific Highway and had been sub-contracted by Ostwald Brothers, which went into liquidation last year owing $7.3 million.

Ostwald was in turn subcontracted by Roads and Maritime Services, the State Government’s roads agency to work on the project. Pleas to the Government and in particular Roads Minister Melinda Pavey to honour its pledge to pay the subbies have gone unanswered.

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