Shire clean­ing con­tracts go to Perth firm

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - War­ren Hately

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.