QUEENSLAND Health was paying JM Kelly weekly for two projects at a time the Rockhampton builder was delaying payments to its own subcontractors on the Bowen and Proserpine hospitals for seven months and longer.
Darrell Kay and his wife Katrina are owed $127,000 for materials and labour they supplied to deliver plumbing services to Proserpine and Bowen hospitals for the Mackay Hospitals and Health Service.
Already struggling from the impact of non-payment by previous builders, it’s money they need.
Mr Kay said a project manager for the Palaszczuk Government’s Health Department had assured him it was paying the builder weekly and was not the cause of any payment delay he was suffering.
Fed up with his treatment and incurring additional costs on a project that had dragged on for more than 18 months after its strict schedule for completion, he eventually wrote to Queensland Health in August last year complaining about slow payment stretching out to 180 days.