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Council boosts its local buy strategy

Doing business with Council will soon be even easier, with Western Downs Regional Council revamping its Panel Arrangements to support local spending 

Endorsed at its Ordinary Meeting on 18 November, Council will refresh its existing supplier arrangements to keep the organisation moving with current demands.  

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Finance, Corporate Services and Business Strategy Councillor Ian Rasmussen said Council was committed to supporting local suppliers and backing the local economy. 

“We’re open for business in the Western Downs, and our updated Panel Arrangements will make it easier and clearer for suppliers to work with the organisation and deliver exciting projects for the community,” Cr Rasmussen said.  

“Our existing Panel Arrangements are due to expire at the end of the year, so Council has come up with a refreshed strategy to increase local buy. 

“As part of this process, Council will be updating its Panel categories to focus on engineering services, plant & equipment hire, traffic control services, trade services, plant & fleet procurement, supply of chemicals and civil construction services.  

“New sub-categories will also be introduced including architecture, drafting and building certification as well as building construction, welding, painting, concreting, carpentry/joinery/fabrication. 

 “As part of the process, Council will be updating existing Panel member details and the new sub-categories will involve an open market invitation to tender. 

“We have so many fantastic local businesses in the region and it’s right for Council to lead the way and support local suppliers as much as possible.” 

Following today’s endorsement Council will now implement its tender consideration plan to manage the procurement changes. 

For more information about doing business with Council, visitwww.wdrc.qld.gov.au/doing-business/doing-business-with-council

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