Doing business with council made easy

Council offered more than 160 tender and quoting opportunities last financial year, from civil works and cleaning services to the contract to build Mackay’s Resources Centre of Excellence.

The vast majority of those were awarded to Mackay region business, with council’s local spend in 2019-2020 nearly $150 million, accounting for 75 per cent of total spend.

To assist local businesses, understand how council conducts its business operations, a “Doing Business with Council” information session is being held this month.

The free information session will provide an overview of council’s safety management requirements, including chain of responsibility, how to best meet council’s requirements for submitting quotations and tenders, and an overview of potential future projects.

Mayor Greg Williamson said this was an excellent opportunity for local business operators to find out more about how to do business with council.

“This will be an informative session for businesses that have delivered services or products for council in the past, as well as local operators looking for new opportunities,’’ Mayor Williamson said.

“COVID-19 has had a major impact on the economy, but council has been able to maintain its service delivery, which has in turn provided work for local operators and suppliers,’’ he said.

“This session will provide business operators with information they need to know and will be a great opportunity to learn about upcoming projects and opportunities and ask questions.”

During the session, council officers will deliver presentations on how council’s Procurement Policy operates, how to find upcoming tender information and how to address tender submissions, and what council requires in relation to contractor safety.

“Officers will also chat informally with business operators regarding specific goods and services used by council,” Mayor Williamson said.

The Doing Business with Council session will be held at the MECC on Monday, October 12, from 4pm to 7pm.

Pre-registration is essential for this free event. RSVP to contracts@mackay.qld.gov.au by close of business Wednesday, October 7.

For further information call 1300 MACKAY (622 529).