Shire cleaning contracts go to Perth firm
The business sector has reacted angrily to news the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River council approved another out-of-town company for its major cleaning contracts on Wednesday night.
Despite talk about the “circular” local economy during the past year and rebadging a proposed economic development position as a “sustainable economy” officer, the three-part contract went to Perth firm Bright Mark.
Existing Margaret River-based companies were among the eight tenderers, with some operators expressing anger and disappointment after the decision.
The confidential contract, believed to be worth about $525,000 per year, covers cleaning of Shire buildings, public amenities and barbecues.
It is a three-year contract with a two-year renewal option subject to satisfactory performance, with the three contracts covering different areas of the shire.
The previous contract was awarded in 2015 to Perth firm OCE Corporate, triggering a similar angry backlash from business figures and local cleaning companies which argued their tenders were superior and Shire funding would keep money in the local economy.
After Wednesday night’s meeting, former chamber of commerce president Peter Griffyn said the Shire had to rework its Buy Local policy to keep ratepayer funding within the shire.