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Cosmetic nurse linked to collapsed building company leaves life as director to return to injectables

A construction company director is working as a cosmetic nurse following reports of a collapse in her multimillion-dollar building empire.

Amber Callender, the sole director of Queensland company Empire Constructions, was accused of fraudulent activity relating to her husband’s defunct business, Queensland One Homes.

More than 100 creditors of Queensland One were reportedly left up to $6 million in debt following Paul Callender’s declaration of bankruptcy in December, Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

Amber Callender (pictured) has gone back to working as a cosmetic nurse following reports of a collapse in her multimillion-dollar building empire with her husband, Paul

More than 100 creditors of Queensland One were left up to $6 million in debt following Paul Callender's (right, with Amber) declaration of bankruptcy in December

More than 100 creditors of Queensland One were left up to $6 million in debt following Paul Callender’s (right, with Amber) declaration of bankruptcy in December

Homes were allegedly left unfinished following its collapse, with it later revealed building contracts were transferred to Empire.

While Empire’s Ormeau office space has been advertised for lease and staff, according to social media, have taken jobs with other companies, Ms Callendar maintained the company had just downsized.

She claimed the company was ‘obviously’ still trading but no longer required its 260 sqm space.

Ms Callender denied homes were left unfinished and said Empire had completed the ones in mid-construction when Queensland One collapsed.        

Referring to herself picking up her old cosmetic nursing tools, she said to keep her licence she must practice a certain number of hours per year.

It was understood Empire's licence was kept running long enough to allow it to complete construction on homes started by Queensland One

It was understood Empire’s licence was kept running long enough to allow it to complete construction on homes started by Queensland One

Referring to herself picking up her old cosmetic nursing tools, she said to keep her licence she must practice a certain number of hours per year

Referring to herself picking up her old cosmetic nursing tools, she said to keep her licence she must practice a certain number of hours per year

‘I have been a registered nurse for 16 years and I must do so many hours a year to maintain my registration,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘I don’t see how this is even a newsworthy story worth reporting.’ 

‘I work casual shifts to maintain the required amount of hours to maintain my licence.’ 

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission reportedly launched an investigation into reports of phoenix activity between the husband and wife companies. 

Speaking with Daily Mail Australia, Ms Callender denied there were allegations she was operating a phoenix business. 

‘We have never been a Phoenix company. No assets were ever transferred between the companies,’ she said.

‘I phoned ASIC myself to enquire on the false allegations…to which they confirmed Empire was not a phoenix company.’   

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission reportedly launched an investigation into reports of phoenix activity between the husband and wife (pictured) companies

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission reportedly launched an investigation into reports of phoenix activity between the husband and wife (pictured) companies

Empire’s licence was suspended in September, but was reinstated in October.  

It was understood the licence was kept running long enough to allow Empire to complete construction on homes started by Queensland One. 

In a statement from the regulator it was revealed ‘a number of homeowners’ had been in contact about Empire’s situation, with it saying ‘we fully appreciate their concerns’.

‘While the QBCC is appreciative of these concerns, pursuant with orders issued by a Tribunal, the QBCC is unable to provide any further comment on compliance measures which are in place regarding this entity,’ the statement read. 

Queensland One, along with Cullen Group, are set to be questioned in a State Government funded hearing in the Supreme Court in coming weeks. 

Speaking with Daily Mail Australia, Ms Callender (left) denied there were allegations she was operating a phoenix business

Speaking with Daily Mail Australia, Ms Callender (left) denied there were allegations she was operating a phoenix business

The hearing follows a move from a Supreme Court judge who reportedly froze $7.1 million worth of assets owned by the couple. 

They were also quizzed in court on company records destroyed when computers were containing information were damaged by water after being left in the back of a ute.

Ms Callender said because of a settlement deed she was unable to discuss any matters relating to her husband’s company. 

‘There is a settlement deed in place which prohibits anything to be discussed. I cannot report on any of Q1’s matters,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Queensland Building and Construction Commission for comment.

Ms Callender (pictured) said because of a settlement deed she was unable to discuss any matters relating to her husband's company

Ms Callender (pictured) said because of a settlement deed she was unable to discuss any matters relating to her husband’s company



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