Local businesses have been given an important edge over their non-local competitors when competing for City of Mandurah business.
At last night council meeting it was decided to increase the local preference for procurements over $75,000 to 10 percent and five percent where the contract is for construction services.
This is a big improvement for local businesses price (Mandurah and Peel) as the current price preference is two percent for Mandurah businesses and one percent for Peel businesses.
What this means is that all things being equal in terms of quality and service local businesses can be up to 10 percent more expensive and still win the contract.
“I’m really pleased about this decision,” said Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.
“At the same meeting we were reminded about the high rate of unemployment among our young people and this will make a difference.
“One of my priorities is supporting local business because they in –turn provide jobs for our young people,” he said.
“This initiative is only one initiative among many that this council is implementing that support local business.
“This meeting of council also saw a doubling in financial support for the local chamber of commerce and industry for the year.
“This meeting also saw the announcement of the deal with Seven West Media to support Crab Fest.
“Last year Crab Fest provided work for 145 local businesses and pumped $8 million into the economy.
“Our investment in MAPTO is another example of this City pulling all the strings we can to support our business community.
“We bring a strategic and long term approach to tackling community problems, sometimes the results will not happen instantly, but they will happen.
“We are a Council that is looking at the long term and not just the next election,” the Mayor said.
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The new procurement policy unanimously agreed to by council is now required to be advertised before it officially comes into force. This is expected to take around four weeks.