Allmore Construction, the company working on the new gym at Wallan Primary School, has gone into liquidation.
The company entered liquidation in September following a general meeting of the company where it was resolved the company would be wound up.
The Wallan Primary School project comprised a competition-size indoor basketball court and learning spaces as well as an outdoor half court, paths and landscaping.
Construction of the $6.738 million project began on June 24, 2022 and was expected to be completed by the end of this year.
News outlet 3AW reported a small landscaping business owner, Daniel, was left owing $250,000 by the company.
“We went to work yesterday at a State Government school, we’re doing the landscaping there…at 95 per cent completion and the supervisor came out and he had a phone call and he just said ‘I just lost my job, the business has been liquidated, everyone down tools. I need to lock up the site’,” he told 3AW.
Liberal Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Evan Mulholland said Wallan had seen huge growth in recent years and the upgrades were desperately needed by the community.
“The [Allan] Government must ensure the facilities at Wallan Primary School resume construction as soon as possible,” he said.
“I feel for the small business landscaper that is owed $250,000 by the construction company.”
The Review contacted the Department of Education to inquire when the project would re-commence and how contractors and tradespeople employed by the company would be supported.
“We held a contract with Allmore Constructions to build a new gym at Wallan Primary School. The project remains a priority, and we’re assessing what is required to complete outstanding works as quickly as possible,” a Department of Education spokesperson said.