Pro­cure­ment pol­icy nod

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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