BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Mayor Mal Forman says the council’s new online purchasing system will help local businesses.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Mayor Mal Forman says the council’s new online purchasing system will help local businesses. Max Fleet

Council system to help local businesses

BUNDABERG Mayor Mal Forman has welcomed the commitment of mayoral candidates to using local suppliers and contractors to do Bundaberg Regional Council work.

Responding to an article in the NewsMail on February 24 in which mayoral candidates backed initiatives to distribute council tenders across regional suppliers, Cr Forman said the council had a strong focus on supporting local business.

"It's gratifying to see these candidates advocating for the continued support of our local businesses," he said.

"Under council's procurement avenues we have systems in place that encourage locals to register for the opportunity to supply council."

Cr Forman said to further strengthen opportunities for local businesses, the council was introducing an online state-of-the-art purchasing system called VendorPanel Marketplace.

"We invite all tradespeople, caterers - in fact all small business owners - to register their details via the VendorPanel website marketplace.vendorpanel.com and to be included in quoting for some of the more than $50 million council spends annually in goods and services locally," he said.

"When the council has the need for any products or services, they will be able to search, nominate and contact local suppliers registered on the system.

"As a consequence, businesses will receive an email notification informing them they have been invited to submit a quote.

"All they need to do is log in for details and then upload their quotation."

Cr Forman said he noted reports referring to two larger contracts as examples of contracts being awarded to out-of-town contractors.

"Council has previously informed the community that around $10 million of the $14.5 million multiplex contract will be shared among sub-contractors locally," he said.

Cr Forman said he believed the council tried to assist local business in every practical way, understanding that investing money locally created and sustained job opportunities.

"At times, the expertise required for a particular contract is simply not available locally."



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