Signing an online petition could help the Wave 5 contractors, recover the money they're owed for work they've done on the Pacific Highway upgrade.
Signing an online petition could help the Wave 5 contractors, recover the money they're owed for work they've done on the Pacific Highway upgrade. Adam Hourigan

Petition raised to help sub contractors get their money

THE NSW Opposition has launched a petition to support a group of Pacific Highway contractors recover $7.3million in unpaid invoices following a company collapse.

The ALP candidate for the seat of Clarence, Trent Gilbert, said the petition was aimed at getting the NSW Government to do the right thing by the contractors and ensure they are properly paid for their work.

Mr Gilbert said the onus was on the government since it failed to put in place recommendations of the 2012 Collins Inquiry, which would have ensured contractors were paid.

Mr Gilbert was also critical of deputy premier John Barilaro for his mixed messages during his recent visit to the area.

He said Mr Barilaro, when interviewed by ABC radio over the weekend, indicated it was not the State Government's responsibility to bear the cost of money owed to the sub-contractors, but when he met with them face to face, offered a different story.

When Mr Barilaro met with about 20 representatives of the contractors in Grafton on Monday, he told them he would get back to them with an outcome by July.

Mr Gilbert said the government was morally obliged to help the contractors.

"These sub-contractors have done the work the government asked them to do for the benefit of the people of NSW and haven't been paid," Mr Gilbert said.

"It's simply not right the government can't find a way to help them."

Mr Gilbert said it was telling former Federal National Party MP Ian Causley and former National Party State Member for Clarence, Steve Cansdell had both thrown their support behind the local subbies and had called for justice.

Copies of the petition can be signed online or downloaded here.