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Local MP Weighs In On Collapse Of Rocky Builder

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Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga has weighed in on the collapse of Rockhampton builder JM Kelly.

She has released a statment saying, "I am terribly disappointed to hear the tragic news today that JM Kelly and its subsidiary companies have gone into liquidation and 260 local workers have lost their jobs".

"I’m terribly disappointed for the workers and subcontractors and today I have reached out to the CFMEU Construction branch and the Queensland Subcontractors Alliance to offer my condolences and support.

"I hope the families are paid their entitlements, and I’m sure given that there were employees who worked for the company for decades, there will be significant redundancy payments. I hope too that subcontractors are paid their bills.

"I understand that both the Employment and Industrial Relations Ministers are aware of the circumstances and are acting accordingly.

"The Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing jobs and the economy in the Central Queensland region.

Ms Lauga concluded, "the Queensland Government has invested $788.1 million in infrastructure the region in the last financial year which supported an estimated 2,200 jobs, and was underpinned by our Buy Queensland procurement policy which ensures that these jobs go to locals wherever possible".

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has begun action to exclude company director John Murphy from the building industry, after related entities entered administration.

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