Whether it be for building a road, a library or buying a waste truck, council has added 40 procurement opportunities onto the 18-month Forward Procurement Schedule which now has a total worth of $91.8 million.
These additional 40 procurements add a further $55 million worth of projects for the July to September quarter, on top of the estimated $36 million from the previous quarter which was the first in the new Forward Procurement Schedule.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said council has already had significant success since the schedule was launched on the Transparency and Integrity Hub in August 2021.
“The schedule has provided a powerful opportunity for the Ipswich business community to connect with council, provide some certainty and offer additional opportunities to our local businesses,” Mayor Harding said.
“The publishing of a Forward Procurement Schedule also supports the delivery of Buy Ipswich, which ensures that local businesses receive more favourable consideration in council’s procurement of goods and services.
“Buy Ipswich has seen $54 million spent with local suppliers with a head or branch office in the Ipswich area in the past financial year.
“This Small Business Friendly Council is committed to strengthening local business and supporting industry development, and the combination of the Forward Procurement Schedule and Buy Ipswich is doing this.”
Some of the big ticket items added to the schedule this quarter include the Murphy’s Pub extension as part of the Nicholas Street Precinct redevelopment, construction of Springfield Parkway duplication, telecommunication services for Council and replacing a bridge.
Deputy Mayor and Economic and Industry Development Committee Chair Councillor Nicole Jonic said publishing the schedule gives businesses the opportunity to prepare and respond to opportunities coming up in the next 18 months.
“Council procures $160 million in goods and services each year to deliver services to the community and the $55 million worth of projects added for this quarter gives visibility to council’s plans, assisting businesses to seek advice, manage budgets and allows more time to start the procurement process,” Cr Jonic said.
“The scope, scale, schedule and complexity of individual planned procurements is listed across various procurement categories such as Goods and Services, Information and Communication Technologies, Building, Construction and Maintenance and Fleet with Capital Works now included on the schedule.”
Local businesses that are interested in supplying goods and services to council can register at VendorPanel MarketPlace, council’s current online platform for its tendering and quotation requirements.
All planned procurements are subject to revision, withdrawal, or cancellation in response to changing circumstances.
Council is also offering a range of workshops for local businesses to learn more about the procurement process and how to be notified about upcoming opportunities.