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Trouble at the work site of a $22 million shopping centre development at Murray Bridge has raised concerns about the future of other projects being built by Adelaide company Tagara Builders.

The site was closed yesterday amid claims that subcontractors hadn’t been paid, with Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union secretary Aaron Cartledge telling ABC 891 this morning that more than 100 workers were unsure when they would be allowed back to work.

Cartledge said Tagara currently had 14 different projects across the state.

“These sorts of events can start a snowball effect onto other projects.”

Master Builders Association chief executive John Stokes told the station the company –whose managing director Tullio Tagliaferri is also president of the Master Builders – was “working through some financial matters”.

The complex on Swanport Road at Murray Bridge is due for completion this year and is to include a new Coles supermarket, Target store, specialty shops and carparking.

Tagara’s construction portfolio includes work across the residential, health, retail commercial, industrial, community and government sectors.

The company’s website says the total value of projects currently under construction is more than $70 million. In addition to the Murray Bridge complex, these include the Cheltenham Apartments at St Clair, Encounter Lutheran College and the new Mayfield House development.

The website also says that in its 22-year history, Tagara has “never experienced industrial events”.

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