Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander. Richard Coombs

Walton incident a 'concern' for Qld Govt: Mander

THE Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said the State Government was extremely concerned with the security of payments for subcontractors in light of the collapse of a construction company which left hundreds of workers out of pocket.

Independent Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington asked Mr Mander what the State Government was doing in light of the collapse of Walton Construction Pty Ltd, the company responsible for building the Coles shopping centre at Nambour.

Mr Mander, who responded to the question without notice in State Parliament on Tuesday, said there, was only so much a government could do in these instances.

"It is very important that we do have that security in place so that subcontractors have confidence that they will receive their money," he said.

"I am aware of the Walton incident and that is of some concern to us."

Mr Mander said a review of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act was underway.

"We realise that there are some things that need to be addressed," he said.

"Some unintended consequences have occurred through that act over the years that need to be addressed.

"We have conducted a thorough review of that act and are continuing to do that.

"We hope that in the next few months we will be able to make some announcements about that."

Mr Mander said investigations and inquiries into the issues raised by Mr Wellington were ongoing.