Council first to join program providing local small businesses greater opportunities

24/10/2019

Georges River Council is the first council to get on board the NSW Government’s Local Procurement Pilot Program.

Launched by Minister for Small Business Damien Tudehope, the six month pilot will enable small businesses to operate on a more level playing field when securing contracts with their local council.

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock described the pilot as a great example of how state and local governments are working together to help small businesses reach their full potential.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said the pilot is a positive step which has the potential to boost the local economy.

“This pilot program is an opportunity for local businesses to capitalise on a reduction in red tape and a simplified tender process,” said Mayor Greene.

“The threshold for tenders has recently been increased to $250,000, so there are now more opportunities for Council to engage businesses directly, without a tender process.

“Council would like to see more of our contracts secured by local small businesses, to improve the long-term prosperity and economic growth of the local business sector, and in turn provide benefits for the wider local community,” added Mayor Greene.

The pilot features a toolkit which has been developed to help small businesses win Council contracts.
It includes information on insurance, WHS guidelines and templates for Customer Service, Environmental Policy and Capability Statements.

The pilot will run through to 31 March 2020.

For more information please contact Council’s Senior Procurement and Contracts Governance Partner by calling 9330 6400.