Council not giving local business a head start: GEA
THE general manager of Gladstone Engineering Alliance has questioned how awarding $8 million in council tenders to companies outside Gladstone is stimulating the local economy.
The alliance is driving a campaign to encourage competition among local companies, and assist them to win work over outside companies.
Carli Hobbs said the council was not giving local businesses enough of a head start.
"We're all paying rates, and we're paying to send our money out of our own region," she said.
"It's by no means just the council, but it starts with the council."
She said local companies had to be prepared to negotiate, be innovative and look at their pricing.
Ms Hobbs was pleased to hear the council had reviewed its tender policy, but, she said, the reintroduction of a weighting system was essential.
"Rockhampton and Bundaberg have local weightings around 10%. The Gold Coast has a 40% local weighting," she said.
"How is that that those councils can have that, but our council can't manage a mere 5%?"