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Tuesday, 9th April, 2013

By Erica Visser

The company in charge of building the Broken Hill Health Service’s mental health and rehabilita- tion units went into administration yester- day, allegedly leaving local contractors $1 million out of pocket.

It was the second NSW Government- contracted builder to go bust after doing work in the city in just over a year.

National Buildplan Group (NBPG) was awarded the tender for the hospital projects and was responsible for several other NSW Health Infrastructure projects around the State.

It yesterday confirmed it had assigned an administrator.

The multi-million sub-acute rehabilitation unit, situated next to the hospital, was completed three weeks ago.

However, a BH business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said that local contractors were still owed money, one as much as $400,000.

“The building was signed off three weeks ago and nothing looked like it was going to be a problem,” he said.

“We hadn’t been paid in a few months, but I had no idea that they were in financial trouble.”

The businessman had recently been through a similar process with the sub-contractor for the State Government’s teacher housing, Cavalier Homes, which also went in administration in March last year without paying BH contractors.

“I’ve been through this before and the first to be paid will be the banks. Its the smaller contractors who end up bitten,” he said.

“I don’t have any hope I’ll get my money but I was in shock.

“They’re a multi-national company and even one of their employees said he didn’t know until today.

“We really don’t know what’s happening at this stage. We’ll have to just wait and see.”

NSW Health Infrastructure has set up a hotline for anyone with enquiries on the matter.

“National Buildplan Group (NBPG) is experiencing f inancial diff iculties and an administrator has been appointed this morning,” a spokeswoman said.

“They are working on a number of Health Infrastructure sites.

“Health Infrastructure has set up a hotline (02) 9978 5417 for all enquiries about these works.”

Health Infrastructure said that any workers with tools or belongings still at the site could retrieve them.

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