City keeps local focus
The City of Karratha is a big business in our community.
We spend more than $100 million annually on salaries, services, maintenance and construction projects.
We are determined to spend as much of this money as possible locally and we have a number of systems, policies and initiatives in place to ensure local contractors are in the best position possible to secure council work.
The City offers the maximum price preference for local businesses allowed under the Local Government Act, which is up to 10 per cent of the contract price.
The City also makes a concerted effort to split large service contracts down into smaller works packages so local companies have a better chance of competing.
We actively promote the use of Tenderlink and eQuotes platforms which enable local contractors to pre-register, so when work comes up in their field, they are automatically notified via email.
It is terrific to see that these systems are working. In the past three months 70 per cent of our tenders have been awarded locally.
It’s great to see so much work going to local suppliers but it’s not always feasible to do so. At the end of the day, the City has an obligation to deliver value for money when spending ratepayer dollars and sometimes contracts are awarded to suppliers outside the region because they offer specialised expertise or exceptional value for money.
Having said this, the Council takes local procurement very seriously. Peter Long is the City of Karratha Mayor.