Tender push for local jobs
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