Simcorp battle NRL in court

Coffs Harbour development
Coffs Harbour development

A LINK has been made between the salary cap allegations against NRL franchise the Gold Coast Titans and the stalled ‘Beaches’ high-rise development in Coffs Harbour.

The NRL is investigating claims made by disgruntled team sponsor Alex Simpson that his company, Simcorp Constructions, allegedly agreed to build Titans’ captain Scott Prince a $400,000 house free of charge to keep him at the club for life.

The trade off, it has been claimed, was that Prince would be the face of the advertising campaign for Simcorp’s Coffs Harbour apartment complex.

“The whole arrangement was to keep Scott at the Gold Coast and to get around the salary cap,” Mr Simpson told Sydney media.

The allegations have surfaced during a messy legal battle between the two parties over the disputed construction of the NRL club’s Centre of Excellence at Robina.

In Coffs Harbour, Simcorp’s $13-million development ground to a halt earlier this year.

As many as 10 Coffs Harbour sub-contractors have claimed they have not been paid for work dating back to last year.

Peter Hunt, of Hunt and Moore Bricklayers, who says his company is owed more than $42,000 in unpaid labour, yesterday revealed legal action has been launched against Simcorp’s building company.

“The matter is in the hands of our lawyers, that’s all I can say,” Mr Hunt said.

Since work stopped, the Ocean Parade site has been manned around the clock by security guards.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has also recently waded into the dispute.

Union delegate Jim Hutcheon has met with some of the disgruntled Coffs Harbour subcontractors to hear their concerns.

“There is no guarantee the building company will honour the work of the local subbies, which up until now have gone unpaid,” Mr Hutcheon said.

“Some are owed thousands in payments dating back to last year, so we plan to approach Simcorp’s building company over these claims on their behalf,” he said.

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