Councillors vote against weighting for local tenders

GLADSTONE councillors have voted to continue with their existing policy governing tenders and the tender process.

Councillors Rick Hansen, PJ Sobhanian and Matt Burnett yesterday were arguing for the re-introduction of a weighting system - the same system Gladstone Regional Council abolished in the past three years.

By deciding to add that 5%, it would make it easier for local companies to win council tenders, they said.

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But Cr Karen Porter said re-introducing the 5% weighting would have a detrimental effect for ratepayers.

"In my experience, as soon as you put a local weighting on, you will get an increase in local price," Cr Porter said.

"Very few contracts are awarded outside this area and those that are, there is a significant difference in cost."

"I don't think we can make (the decision whether or not to re-introduce a weighting for local business) until we look at consequences. I don't support it."

The current policy was upheld - with a division called.

Councillors Lanzon, Brushe, McDonald, Sellers and Porter voted to carry the review of the current policy with minimal change.

Councillors Hansen, Sobhanian and Burnett voted against the motion. But the issue will be investigated.

What our neighbours are doing:

  • Mackay Regional Council introduced the 10% price benefit for local companies in December last year to align with their buy local campaign.
  • Rockhampton Regional Council adopted a similar policy of a 12% minimum weighting in November 2014.


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