Neil Parfitt and his wife Helena have lost everything they own to a Warwick business they loved.
Neil Parfitt and his wife Helena have lost everything they own to a Warwick business they loved. Marian Faa

Tradies banned for helping Carvery close, calls to boycott

A MOVEMENT to boycott Rose City Shoppingworld caught flame after a local plastering company was temporarily banned for helping with the "reckless" removal of Rose City Carvery.

Owners of the popular Warwick eatery employed two tradesmen to help strip shop fittings and equipment from their restaurant in the food court of Rose City Shoppingworld after business hours last Wednesday.

Rose City Carvery owner Neil Parfitt fled the shopping centre without notifying centre management because they were behind on rent and faced threat of eviction.

"They (shopping centre) would have just kicked us out and kept our gear," he said.

But a spokesman from McConaghy Group, which owns the shopping centre, said the fitout was stripped out in a "reckless and unsafe manner". 

BOARDING UP: Authorised tradesmen cleaning up the carvery the day after it disappeared.
BOARDING UP: Authorised tradesmen cleaning up the carvery the day after it disappeared. Marian Faa

"The contractors were temporarily banned while we ascertained which individuals were responsible for the unsafe work," he said.

It is believed a number of people including the two tradesmen, Mr Parfitt and friends of Mr Parfitt helped with the move, which he denies was unsafe.

The plastering company that assisted in the move was banned from conducting any further works at Rose City Shoppingworld the following day.

The company was reportedly contracted to do work on other shops within the centre at the time.

In response to the ban, Warwick Real Estate agent Darryl Evans launched an online movement to boycott Rose City Shoppingworld.

 

BOARDING UP: Authorised tradesmen cleaning up the carvery the day after it disappeared.
BOARDING UP: Authorised tradesmen cleaning up the carvery the day after it disappeared. Marian Faa

"I can't believe Rose City Shopping Centre Brisbane-based owners have banned a local business owner from undertaking any more work onsite," Mr Evans wrote on Facebook.

"So I would ask anyone that thinks Rose City Shopping Centre should support our local tradies to boycott Coles and Woolworths until this father of three can go about his business."

Mr Evans said the boycott garnered the support of 100 families in Warwick.

 

Neil Parfitt worries for the future of others in Rose City Shoppingworld.
Neil Parfitt worries for the future of others in Rose City Shoppingworld. Marian Faa

An agreement between McConaghy Group and the plastering company was reached shortly afterwards.

"This matter has largely been resolved and bans lifted," the McConaghy Group spokesman said.

"McCongahy Group won't tolerate unsafe work practices and requires all contractors to have the proper training and inductions."

The tradesmen involved in the removal declined to comment.


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