Beachside blight gets court date

MORE than three years after groundwork started on the $50 million Birubi Beach Resort the site still sits incomplete at the entry to one of the Port's popular tourists destinations, Anna Bay.

Port Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie this week labelled the dormant site a "disgrace" and a "blight on Anna Bay and Port Stephens" and has demanded that it be seen to.

"I sent an email to [the owner of Quick Home Hong Kong] and I told them I want it completed or cleaned up," he said.

"I got an email back 24 hours later from their lawyers . . . telling me they had the same concerns.

"It looks like a bomb site in Beirut."

The Examiner understands the fences around the site will remain in place for another 12 months but requests for further information about the site's progress from the director of the Birubi Beach Resort have gone unanswered.

It comes after a rocky 20 months for the project, starting when some contractors stopped work in May 2012 over claims they had not been paid.

Just over 12 months later the Examiner revealed Quick Home Australia (QHA), the company contracted to construct the project, launched a civil action in the NSW Supreme Court against the resort's Chinese financier.

QHA and its parent company Quick Home Hong Kong (QHHK) began a legal challenge against China Security and Surveillance Technology (CSST).

This came after QHA was forced into liquidation in June 2013 with a list of creditors owed almost $1 million.

The case is expected to continue next month, with a NSW Supreme Court spokesperson saying the issue was listed for a directions hearing on February 7.

"This is generally a short hearing where directions are given to the legal parties for the next court appearance or action," the spokesperson said.

Cr MacKenzie said he would ensure the site is not forgotten by Quick Home Hong Kong.

BOMBED 'BEIRUT': The site as it stands today.

BOMBED 'BEIRUT': The site as it stands today.

BOMBED 'BEIRUT': The site as it stands today.

BOMBED 'BEIRUT': The site as it stands today.

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