Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Virgin's Chief Joins Talks; after Two Days, Tradesmen Pay Row Close to Resolution

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Virgin's Chief Joins Talks; after Two Days, Tradesmen Pay Row Close to Resolution

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Byline: Mark Bode

VIRGIN Blue chief executive Brett Godfrey joined the Makepeace Island kafuffle yesterday in Brisbane.

The project manager and builder behind Virgin boss Richard Branson's $4 million development on the Noosa River met for a second day yesterday, in an attempt to resolve a dispute that left unpaid tradesmen walking off the site.

VMR International and Noosa Builders were still behind closed doors at VMR's Brisbane office last night.

Yesterday's meeting followed a marathon 12-hour meeting on Wednesday.

The Daily revealed on Wednesday that tradesmen at the project, a five-star Balinese-style getaway for Virgin staff, had downed tools because they had not been paid.

Some tradies have not seen a cheque in more than three months.

Work on the project, which is reportedly almost finished, has ground to a virtual halt.

VMR and Noosa Builders blamed each other for the dispute while Virgin said the situation was concerning.

Noosa Builders manager Peter Slattery said yesterday that the parties were close to reaching an agreement. …

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