By ERWIN CHLANDA
The NT Government has awarded a contract to an Alice Springs firm whose principal, Brendan Ross Peterkin (picture from his Facebook site), is linked to a company that was wound up in 2012 with debts of $1.5m, according to an Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) document.
The government assessor of the quotation, Paul Macmillan, says he was unaware of Mr Peterkin’s failed firm but the government’s compliance section had made the required investigation and had cleared the application.
The contract, for “Server Room Communications Cabinets for the new police station in the Greatorex Building,” went to “PDPL IT Pty Ltd, trading as Exectech”.
The failed company, with Mr Peterkin as a director, is Peterkin Davis Pty Ltd, also traded as Exectech.
Two of the major creditors of the failed company are the town’s two electrical wholesalers, MM Electrical Pty Ltd ($131,560) and Hagemeyer Australia (Lawrence & Hansen, $269,039.30).
Employee Entitlements amount to half a million dollars. The Central Desert Shire is owed $60,000 and the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, $200,000.
A string of local businesses are among the creditors, according to the ASIC document.
Photo: The liquidated firm’s premises in Whittaker Street in 2012.
MM credit manager Scott Fletcher said his company had written off Exectech’s debt, had closed its account and would not open another one for PDPL IT Pty Ltd.
Lawrence & Hansen’s SA/NT manager Michael Sparrow said he would not comment on dealings with individual customers, but those who do not have an account can buy for cash.
The Department of Corporate and Information Services said in an emailed statement: “A Request for Quotation (14-1550) [was made] to supply and install communications cabinets for the Alice Springs Police Station on 8 December 2014.
“Responses were received from three Alice Springs based companies. Quotes were assessed in accordance with the Northern Territory Government’s Procurement Framework and compliance checks of all respondents ASIC company registration and ABN status were conducted as part of the assessment process.
“No irregularities were identified through this compliance check.
“PDPL Pty Ltd trading as Exectech was the successful respondent and was notified of this on 24 December 2014. The value of this procurement is $46 000.”
The Alice Springs News Online telephoned Mr Peterkin for comment.
He confirmed his relationship with the company in liquidation, and the police station contract had gone to a new company with which he is connected.
We attempted to put further questions to Mr Peterkin but he said – words to the effect – it was not to his advantage to speak with us, and he hung up.
By ERWIN CHLANDA