Beckhaus v Brewarrina 1 [2004] NSWSC 840

Building and Construction - Contract - Claim for payment under contract to build earthwork levees - Whether payment claim valid - Cross-claim - Whether lump sum contract - Whether amount properly allowable for provisional variations - Whether practical completion achieved -  Whether contractual requirements for progess claim met - Whether any breach of contract in respect of construction of levees - Whether Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) applies -Misleading or deceptive conduct in the tender process.            

Held: Practical completion not achieved.  Contract was lump sum contract containing appropriate conditions for provisional quantities. Council entitled to damages for rectification of certain parts of the levees.  Misleading and deceptive conduct established but no damges flow.

ACTS CITED: Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) - Fair Trading Act 1987 (NSW)

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