The linked article was published in The West Australian last week and we feel the need to comment.
While we don’t necessarily agree with everything said in the article, as a builder engaging over two hundred contractors, we do agree with a lot of what has been stated by the anonymous subcontractor. The current system does not provide much protection for the subcontractors to receive payment on time or at all. Too often we see Builders go into administration, leaving many contractors out of pocket due to outstanding invoices. Sadly many good contractors also then need to shut their doors as they cannot trade their way out of the unpaid invoices from the Builder who went into administration. This has a negative effect on the industry because it removes some really good contractors from the market (not to mention the emotional toll it takes on people losing everything from ‘no fault of their own’). It also discourages the good contractors to start their own business due to the many risks of not getting paid on time or at all.
We also agree that the current system allows builders to take advantage of contractors too easily by not paying them on time due to various reasons. Unfortunately, we see this happening far too often in the industry. Alita Constructions’ has a strong belief that trades who fulfill their contract correctly deserve to be paid in full and on time. We have a strong moral and ethical stance on how we treat our subbies as we all know in a lot of ways that we are only as good as our trades and like everyone in the workplace, they deserve to be treated fairly.
Therefore, we generally don’t have retentions (unless the head contract asks for it) and we pay trades on time.
We believe change is certainly needed for the benefit of both builders and contractors. We think something like a Project Specific Fund Account should be looked at as a serious way forward as this will guarantee both the Builder and Contractor getting paid if they fulfill their contract correctly. As mentioned in the article, insurance schemes could also be another option but either way, let’s continue the discussion so hopefully, with enough momentum, we can see some changes in the near future for the better of WA families in the construction industry.
Alita Constructions were awarded the Best Public Use Building in the Category $5-$10 million range for the Rossiter Pavilion & Playing Field at the prestigious Master Builders – Bankwest Excellence in Construction Awards on Saturday 21st July 2018.
We would like to thank all of the consultants, subcontractors and suppliers involved, as well as Fratelle Group for their amazing contribution to this project for the Armadale community. Lastly we would like to thank City of Armadale, particularly Andrew Barnett for entrusting us with this project and for being such a pleasure to deal with.
Read it in the Community Comment News
Alastair Kleyn and Mark Bruning joined Federal and State MP’s and Dignitaries last Friday at the sod turning ceremony on site to signify the beginning of the construction phase.
(From L to R: Ann Fletcher-Chair Peel Health Foundation, Marina Vergone – Mayor of Mandurah, Andrew Hastie – Federal Member for Canning, Hon David Templeman- Minister for Local Government & Member for Mandurah, Robyn Clarke- Member for Murray Wellington, Eleanor Britton – Business Development Manager, GP Down South, Amanda Poller- CEO, GP Down South.)
This building will allow for all of the services for young people located in Mandurah to be brought together in the new building to help tackle the increasing drugs, alcohol and mental health issues in the Peel region. Andrew Hastie, alongside GP Down South Business Development Manager, Eleanor Britton and various local service providers have worked hard to make this a reality since the by-election in September 2015.
The hub includes at least 60 consulting rooms, two training rooms and five waiting areas along with two reception areas.
The Peel Youth Medical Services Health Hub project is jointly funded by the Federal Coalition Government ($2,000,000), the Western Australian Government ($4,995,000), Lotterywest ($1,870,000), the Peel Health Foundation ($250,000), and Growing Our South Administration Fund ($78,000).
We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of the build.
This single storey brick and timber truss roof building consists of a 600m² retreat centre with 22 rooms and adjoining ensuites and also a separate 83m² conference room.
Alita Constructions is a proud supporter of Pindari Restoration House for Men.
This not-for profit organisation offers a long-term residence program, usually lasting 12 months, helping men who themselves are ready and determined to end their endless cycles of addiction, homelessness, poverty, irresponsibility, chronic anxiety and other dysfunctional behaviours.
Head over to Pindari Restoration House for Men to find out more about this great organisation.