Couple battling cancer dealt devastating blow as building company goes bust and leaves their forever home unfinished
- Victorian couple distraught after builder goes bust
- Rawdon Hill’s demise left their home unfinished
A couple battling cancer have been left devastated after a construction company went bust leaving their forever home unfinished.
Victorian couple Bridget Schultz and her husband Bill were given the shock of their lives when builder Rawdon Hill went into liquidation on May 25.
Mrs Schultz, who has terminal lung cancer, and her partner have now been left with an unfinished home in La Trobe Valley.
Bill and Bridget Schultz’s planned home in the La Trobe Valley is left unfinished after builder Rawdon Hill went bust on May 25. Pictured, the fence surrounding the couple’s incomplete home
The couple are renting and have issued a desperate plea for help as their development sits empty and incomplete.
The Hallam-based company had promoted its business as ‘thriving’ only one day before it appointed Dye & Co as liquidators.
Rawdon Hill had also pledged to ‘help’ customers devastated by the collapse of another builder, Porter Davis, which left 1,500 homes unfinished.
Mrs Schultz, who was given five years to live after a lung cancer diagnosis 18 months ago, says the company’s demise has left her without hope.
‘I had something to look forward to but now I feel like I don’t have anything,’ Mrs Schultz told A Current Affair.
She admitted their housing disaster was yet another setback that left her unsure of their immediate future, saying she felt ‘sick’ and that ‘I can’t cope’.
Mr Schultz, who is his wife’s carer, said the expression on her face when they found out Rawdon Hill was out of business was ‘the same look’ as when she received her shocking cancer diagnosis.
He felt ‘rocked completely’ as he had ‘promised’ the home as a place for them both to feel ‘proud’ of but now that dream had slipped away.
‘Help us out, we need someone,’ Mr Schultz pleaded.
The couple have been married for 40 years.
Rawdon Hill marketed itself as a low-volume builder with 46 years of experience.
In April its general manager Peter Grant vowed to complete all homes it had started.
Mrs Schultz, who was given five years to live after a lung cancer diagnosis 18 months ago, says the company’s demise has left her without hope. Pictured, Bill and Bridget Schultz
Dr Angela Jackson from Impact Economics and Policy, said the pain is far from over for businesses and consumers
‘We will proudly finish every single home in our strong pipeline, while we continue to pay everyone on time, every time – guaranteed,’ Mr Grant said in an advertisement in Star News.
According to one estimate 1753 construction companies have gone broke since July 1, 2022.
Dr Angela Jackson from Impact Economics and Policy, said the pain is far from over for businesses and consumers.
She warned there are ‘darker days’ still to come because of rising inflation and continual interest rate rises.