Ten­der push for lo­cal jobs

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Laura Pond

THE City of Wan­neroo has awarded a $5.2 mil­lion con­tract for the re­fur­bish­ment of Wan­neroo Civic Cen­tre, de­spite a coun­cil­lor’s con­cerns about lo­cal jobs.

Two ten­ders were sub­mit­ted by Broad Con­struc­tion Ser­vices (Qld) to the City to re­fur­bish the ex­ist­ing cen­tre and fit out the ex­ten­sion, which is due for com­ple­tion in Oc­to­ber.

Councillors at the July 25 meet­ing ac­cepted Broad’s al­ter­na­tive ten­der, which cost less than the City’s pre-ten­der es­ti­mate.

The City’s re­port said the com­pany com­pleted sim­i­lar projects for the Depart­ment of Fi­nance and Lot­tery­west, and at the Quinns Min­darie Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Its ten­der was de­scribed as “highly com­pet­i­tive” and rep­re­sent­ing “value for money”.

Cr Linda Aitken queried Broad’s stated in­ten­tion to en­gage WA sub-con­trac­tors for the pro­ject and to give pref­er­ence to lo­cal busi­nesses at the July 18 brief­ing ses­sion, ask­ing how the com­mit­ment would be man­aged by the City.

As­sets di­rec­tor Har­min­der Singh said he would check, but it was up to the com­pany to pro­vide sub-con­trac­tors.

Cr Aitken said they had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port lo­cal em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and “make sure lo­cal com­pa­nies are used for such a large ten­der”, re­quest­ing the City in­ves­ti­gate en­sur­ing this.

Mr Singh con­firmed the ten­der process was open to all busi­nesses fol­low­ing a ques­tion from Mayor Tracey Roberts.

Mrs Roberts later com­mented on so­cial me­dia that Broad was es­tab­lished in WA in 1991 and re­it­er­ated its in­ten­tion to hire lo­cal con­trac­tors.

The fit-out and re­fur­bish­ment should be com­pleted by May.

Broad Con­struc­tion Ser­vices will re­fur­bish the Wan­neroo Civic Cen­tre. d471905

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