Council contracts are a boon for Gladstone business owners

LOCAL businesses were the winners with Gladstone Regional Council this financial year.

City business benefited after 61% of council contracts were awarded to organisations in the region.

A report presented to council this month showed that when local organisations were able to provide competitive quotes and tenders, they had a strong chance of securing the contract or preferred supplier arrangement, said Gladstone Regional Council's economic development strategy portfolio spokesperson Councillor Karen Porter.

The news was welcomed by the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry, whose Buy Local campaign argues Gladstone will need to rely on local business for employment once construction of industry winds down.

GCCI president Rick Hansen, who is also a local councillor, said Gladstone Regional Council purchasing priorities had improved.

"Council's thinking about small business and trying to focus their attention on ensuring businesses have support to apply for council's tenders," he said.

He said the soon-to-be-released Boom or Bust Gladstone Region Business Study will reveal that "not buying locally" was one of the top five issues the business community faced, according to GCCI.

GCCI conducted the survey with Gladstone Engineering Alliance and Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited.

FAST FACTS

How does GRC compare with other councils?

  • Bundaberg Regional Council said 70% of large contracts entered into in the past 12 months employed Bundaberg locals.
  • Rockhampton Regional Council spent $90 million on goods and services with just over 60% spent locally in the12-month period to October 2013. The three-year high was 67%.
  • Mackay Regional Council requires 10% local content. Data on the proportion of local businesses which won council contracts was not available.


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