Fighting for Subbies Rights
IN 2013 Beau Harthshorn was undertaking the biggest contract the landscaping business he owned with his wife Kerry had ever secured.
Life was good and left them totally unprepared for the devastation to come.
The couple lived on acreage at Pomona with their children, four-year-old son Jett and 12-year-old Macey who both owned ponies.
A mortgage on the property provided the cashflow to sustain the business between progress payments from builders.
Many small business subcontractors operate in the same manner.
Beau's a smart guy. Earthscapes had 10 employees and there were a couple of other good jobs to follow.
Kerry and Beau met when he was 17 and she 16. Kerry worked with Beau's mum.
They were confident. The contract was with what they thought was a profitable national construction company for national retailer Wesfarmers.
The project was the Nambour Coles supermarket. Earthscapes had done what it was contracted to and was owed more than $500,000.