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Following last week’s well-attended workshops on Council’s plant and fleet management,Whitsunday Regional Council is holding further information sessions for local businesses to explain Council’s new procurement process.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said in the past six months Council has adopted a new Procurement Policy, Procurement Guide, a Procurement Plan and a range of other enhancements to the way that Council purchases supplies and services.
“Council is reshaping management practices from a traditional local government to managing acontemporary large business,” she said.
“Large private business carefully plan and manage supply arrangements, they minimise thetransactional costs of supply and establish good relationships with their suppliers.
“Council has made a firm commitment to support local business and encourage a strong andcompetitive market.
“As a result, Council will be offering free workshops to local businesses to assist them in theprocess of submitting tenders and doing business with Council.
“Local businesses are encouraged to attend the information sessions for all current and potentialsuppliers of goods and services; one in Bowen and one in Proserpine,” she said.
These workshops will be at Council Chambers:
• 67 Herbert St, Bowen in the boardroom – 5.30pm – 7.30pm Tuesday 14 October and• 83-85 Main St, Proserpine in the boardroom – 5.30pm – 7.30pm Wednesday 15 October
Mayor Whitney said these workshops will explain Council’s commitment to local suppliers andCouncil’s objective to encourage local business to develop innovative and appropriate ways tomeet Council’s requirements.
“Through local procurement Council aims to, without developing a dependency upon Council;encourage business to adapt to practices that enable local business to compete in a globaleconomy.
“Council’s local preference selection criteria with a weighting of no more than 10% (of the selection criteria total) will also be explained as part of the workshops,” she said.
Light refreshments will be included and a representative from Local Buy will be co-presenting atthe workshops.
In addition to the above workshops, Council would like to work closer on an ongoing basis withlocal business representatives such as the Chambers of Commerce in regard to improving howCouncil purchases from local business.
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