Flood dam­age ten­ders awarded out­side re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE ten­ders for what is be­lieved to be about $9mil­lion in flood dam­age work were awarded to com­pa­nies from out­side the re­gion at a spe­cial Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said it was “most un­for­tu­nate” that lo­cal com­pa­nies were un­suc­cess­ful in their bids for the work but she said ten­ders were all as­sessed on the same ba­sis with the same method­ol­ogy ap­plied.

“All the ten­ders were eval­u­ated by two in­de­pen­dent peo­ple and one Coun­cil of­fi­cer and what Coun­cil’s looked at is the best value for money tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion any risks for vari­a­tions that might ex­pose Coun­cil to fur­ther costs,” she said.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of All­Civ Cicvil Con­trac­tors Brett Thiele said his was one of the lo­cal com­pa­nies whose ten­ders were re­jected.

“Gov­ern­ments at all lev­els have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to cre­ate an eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment within their zone of in­flu­ence in which small to medium busi­nesses can grow and stim­u­late the econ­omy [but] what the Coun­cil has done here is proven them­selves to be anti-lo­cal,” Mr Thiele said.

“They say all the ten­ders were treated equally, but I don’t agree with that – we were the cheap­est on at least one of the pack­ages but for some rea- son they chose to award that to an or­gan­i­sa­tion out­side the re­gion and no-one within Coun­cil is will­ing to ex­plain to me why that’s the case,” he said.

“When they put up their rates and their levies they need to think about how peo­ple are go­ing to pay them [and] I think they have failed not only us but the 35 peo­ple we have work­ing for us and all of the sub­con­trac­tors.”

Cr Whit­ney said she would like Coun­cil to run a work­shop to pro­vide feed­back to those lo­cals who were un­suc­cess­ful.

“Be­cause there is a de­sire for Coun­cil to work with lo­cal [com­pa­nies], but ob­vi­ously it has to be in the best in­ter­ests of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

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