- Tuesday 03 March 2015
More than 330 business owners and operators attended Council’s first Suppliers Forum last week, prompting plans for future forums to keep the local business community up to date with construction opportunities.
Economic Development portfolio councillor Steve Robinson said the forum provided local businesses with an overview of Council’s ten year Capital Works Program, procurement policies, and tender evaluation procedures.
“Council spends over $100m per year on its Capital Works Program, which includes building and maintaining everything from amenity blocks and landscaping to roads, bridges and sports centres,” Councillor Robinson said.
“The Suppliers Forum was an opportunity for businesses to hear first-hand about our upcoming construction projects and the procurement process.”
Cr Robinson said Council was committed to helping local businesses tender for its projects.
“Informing our local business operators about upcoming projects, and making it easier for them to tender, helps Council achieve its goal of a sustainable economy,” he said.
Key projects highlighted at the forum included an expansion of the animal pound, Alexandra Headlands foreshore upgrades and the upgrade of Jack Morgan Park at Coolum.
Eric Kerr, Senior Project Manager at Birtinya-based GHD Pty Ltd, said the forum was a great opportunity for businesses operating on the Sunshine Coast.
“It’s important for any business to understand a client’s needs and engage with them in an open manner – this forum allowed us to do that with Council,” Mr Kerr said.
“The forum provided a great overview of the infrastructure program over the next 10 years.
“It’s clear that Council is very open to new ideas and technical solutions from the companies it contracts.”
Council will invite registrations for future Suppliers Forums via its website, social media and the media.