Procurement policy nod
City of Greater Geraldton councillors approved amendments to the Procurement Policy Framework when they met last week.
New versions of three council policies were endorsed during the council meeting, with councillors voting 13-2 in favour of the motion.
Minor changes were made to the council policy on Procurement of Goods and Services and the policy on Procurement via Panels of Prequalified Suppliers.
The City has also brought the Regional Price Preference council policy back into alignment with the Local Government Regulations.
Cr Graeme Bylund said he was unhappy with a change to the Procurement of Goods and Services policy, which now states the City “shall endeavour” to buy from locals.
“We’re changing from ‘must’ to ‘endeavour’, and they’re two totally different words,” he said.
“I think it needs to be tighter and show that we’re keeping stuff local.
“It’s too open to allow us to say ‘yeah, we did that’ or ‘that wasn’t available in town’.”
According to the Regional Price Preference council policy, the City applies a price preference to local suppliers and locally sourced goods and services.
Crs Bylund and Jennifer Critch voted against the motion.