FARRER MP Sussan Ley has ramped up the pressure on Albury Council to come to the rescue of sub-contractors left out of pocket from the collapse of the company working on the Lavington Sportsground redevelopment.
Sub-contractor concerns were publicly aired for the first time at The Border Mail Farrer candidates forum last week after Depan Group, which was contracted to complete the first stage of the $19.6 million project went into liquidation.
Albury mayor Kevin Mack, who is standing as an independent candidate in Farrer at the federal election, was questioned about the situation at the forum and said: "I'd encourage you to watch this space because there is information, that I can't divulge right at the moment, that will probably shed some light on your issues".
But Ms Ley said council should consider coming to the rescue of the sub-contractors given the size of the debts in comparison to the project budget.
"A representative for some of the sub-contractors made contact with me when it appeared they were not going to be paid any time soon," she said.
"Compared to the overall project cost, this seems a small amount which council could repay as an act of goodwill.
"The impression created by Kevin the other night was this might be in Albury Council's thinking."
Mr Mack said last night: "We are endeavoring to do something to try and assist the sub-contractors involved.
"There are a lot of legalities to try and overcome."
The federal government has contributed $4 million to the project.
Albury Council declined to comment on Ms Ley's request for it to consider repaying sub-contractors.