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Yesterday, Whitsunday Regional Council adopted the new Purchasing Policy and PurchasingGuide for 2014/15.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Purchasing Policy, which is required to be developed under theLocal Government Regulation 2012, sets out the Council’s policy for purchasing throughout theorganisation.
The Purchasing Guide provides businesses with an effective “how to” framework for contractingfor products and services within Whitsunday Regional Council.
“The new purchasing policy and guide will establish purchasing processes that are cost effectivefor both Council and suppliers across the region,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The new governance arrangements will ensure Council's purchasing is accountable andtransparent and most importantly supports our local businesses.
“The new procedures require Council to analyse current spending patterns and plan in a timelymanner for purchasing goods and services.
“With established planning, Council officers must also follow set procurement procedures thatensure Council achieves the most advantageous offer while considering Council's commitments to supporting local suppliers.
“Establishing a good relationship with suppliers is an essential part of Council's new procurement framework.
“Council's objective is to establish arrangements with suppliers who are well informed of Council’s needs and our purchasing practices.
“Our procurement principles and practices will be available to all members of the public andCouncil will hold workshops specifically targeting business wanting to do business with Council.
“We will proactively engage local suppliers and ensure our local suppliers are given everyopportunity to do business with Council.
"Furthermore, it is Council's objective to lead local businesses within our region to adapt to newtechnologies that improve supply arrangements for businesses.
“In particular, the use of e-procurement is reducing the cost of procurement for many privatebusinesses and improving logistical integration with suppliers.
“There is no reason why Council and other businesses in our region can not benefit from similarpurchasing practices.
“One step in that direction Council has already taken is using LocalBuy Tenderbox for tenderprocesses.
“I encourage all suppliers in our region interested in doing business with Council to get onto theLocal Buy website, go into TenderBox and register to receive Council's advertised tenders,” shesaid.
"This will make sure you receive notification of relevant Council tenders in the future."
Tender documents are available for download by registering at LG Tenderbox www.lgtenderbox.com.au
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