City keeps lo­cal fo­cus

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Long

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.

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