MAYOR ENCOURAGES LOCAL SUPPLIERS TO COME ON BOARD
Mayor Mal Forman has welcomed the commitment of mayoral candidates regarding the use of local suppliers and contractors to undertake Council work.
Responding to an article in the News Mail (24/02/16) where mayoral candidates backed initiatives to distribute Council tenders across regional suppliers, Cr Forman said Council had a strong focus on supporting local business.
"It’s gratifying to see these candidates advocating for the continued support of our local businesses.
"Under Council’s procurement avenues we have systems in place that encourage locals to register for the opportunity to supply Council.
"To further strengthen opportunities for local businesses, Council is introducing an online state of the art purchasing system called VendorPanel Marketplace as part of its holistic approach to purchasing.
"We invite all tradespeople, caterers – in fact all small business owners – to register their details via the VendorPanel website marketplace.vendorpanel.com and to be included in quoting for some of the more than $50 million Council spends annually in goods and services locally.
"When the Council has the need for any products or services, they will be able to search, nominate and contact local suppliers registered on the system.
"As a consequence, businesses will receive an email notification informing them they have been invited to submit a quote. All they need to do is log in for details and then upload their quotation. It’s simple and free.”
"I note with interest the newspaper report refers to two larger contracts as examples of contracts being awarded to out of town contractors.
"Council has previously informed the community that around $10 million of the $14.5 million multiplex contract will be shared among sub-contractors locally.”
Cr Forman said he believed Council endeavoured to assist local business in every practical way and to drive economic growth and job creation.
"We understand that investing money locally helps create job opportunities and assists local businesses in maintaining its workforce.
"At times, the expertise required for a particular contract is simply not available locally. In instances where contracts may be awarded out of our region Council endeavours to ascertain the level of supply involvement an external contractor may seek locally.
"To date the State Government has been generous in supporting not only Council projects but getting behind major infrastructure such as the $19 million gas pipeline to the Port of Bundaberg.”
Cr Forman said he was delighted Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson had requested Council take advantage of funding available through the State’s Building our Regions program.
"It’s great that the State government sees such value in supporting regional communities like Bundaberg with major infrastructure projects such as the multiplex centre and other Council shovel ready projects.”
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