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Whitsunday Regional Council today approved the 2014-15 Plant Replacement Program, whichprovides an allocation of $1.5 million for the purchase of new fleet and plant items this financialyear.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is making their plant replacement program public to help local suppliers interested in doing business with Council plan for the year ahead.
“This follows recent workshops Council held with local businesses outlining Council’s plantrequirements for the upcoming year and explaining how to do business with Council and become a supplier,” she said.
“Today, Council approved the replacement of a loader, five front deck mowers, four mid mountmowers and a zero turn mower.
“A further list of small plant items totalling $52,000 was approved to replace items such asbrushcutters, blowers, and chainsaws.
“The remainder of the allocated funding in the budget will be held in reserve and considered by the Plant and Fleet Committee after the mid-year budget review.
“A large number of Council’s fleet is not in good condition. However, Council is not convinced allitems that are in a poor condition need to be replaced.
“We are working hard to remove surplus fleet items and ensuring we optimise the fleet items weretain.
“This is another example of how this Council is managing finances in a sustainable mannerensuring investments in capital are made wisely,” she said.
The 2014-15 Plant Replacement Program was determined by the Plant and Fleet Committee and through the workshops facilitated with local operators and suppliers.
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