Council director wins a local government award
WHITSUNDAY Regional Council’s (WRC) director of corporate services Graham Jarvis has won a prestigious award for procurement at the Local Buy, Government Procurement Professionals Awards 2014, which were held last week.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said this was an important award in the local government sector and a remarkable reflection of Mr Jarvis’ great work in the procurement area over the past 14 months.
Cr Whitney said early last year, Mr Jarvis initiated a project to improve the procurement practices across the WRC.
“The project embarked on a systemic and operational review of procurement practices delivering a range of benefits, most notably cost reductions and improvements to internal systems and procedures,” she said.
“At a time when Council is operating under tight financial constraints Graham has delivered an innovative policy which saves money, while also delivering better services.”
Mr Jarvis was awarded a bursary, which Robertson McCullough has committed to match.
Cr Whitney said in a demonstration of his commitment for delivering this project, Mr Jarvis was pro- posing to contribute the bursary back into Council to benefit staff training and personal development.
She said over the next few months Council would be rolling out a new procurement manual and contracts and training for staff.
The Government Procurement Professionals Awards are designed to recognise the significant contribution that staff make within the Local Government sector.
Mr Jarvis was one of two recipients who received the award for innovative policies and procedures in the procurement area.
AWARDED: Whitsunday Regional Council's director of corporate services Graham Jarvis has won a prestigious award for procurement at the Local Buy, Government Procurement Professionals Awards 2014. He is pictured here at the awards ceremony last week with Local Buy chairman Ian Leckenby.