TENDER PROCESS GASPING FOR AIR
Our pool and fitness centre could be left floundering if new operators don’t dive in soon
GROWING uncertainty has residents fearful about the future of the Stanthorpe pool and fitness centre. Earlier this year Southern Downs Regional Council announced it would undertake a tender process to seek new operators for both facilities.
What does the future hold for Stanthorpe’s recreational hub with no takers so far?
Ideally, to merge and operate as one into the future.
That process has begun, but SDRC have found it’s not quite the “smooth transition” council spruiked a couple months ago.
In the tender document compiled by SDRC it stipulates “interested parties are required to attend a site briefing at the fitness centre at 10am on 1 November 2017”.
The compulsory site visit went ahead, but with only council staff in attendance and no “interested parties”.
Southern Downs Regional Council’s Manager Community Services and Major Projects Michael Bell has played down the non-attendance.
“There are defined steps in the tender process that interested parties can elect to action or not.
“Each of these actions will contribute to the quality and thoroughness of their response to the tender, meaning that some bids will be conforming and others non-conforming.
“It is of the utmost importance that council does not provide a commentary on the tender process. This will include questions from the media and any subsequent media that is produced during the tender period.
“The independence of the procurement process is of significance for the local government sector and it is important that this process is not compromised by on-going commentary that will create angst in the community and potentially influence decision making process,” Mr Bell said.
The final date for tender submissions is next Thursday.
“Should council receive an unsatisfactory response to the tender, the tender will be put to the market again,” he said.