Regional Contract and Procurement Committee
I was very excited to facilitate the first project meeting of the Regional Contract and Procurement Committee. Despite best efforts, inclement weather meant that there were not quite as many Councils represented at the meeting as was originally planned however with the first years funding requiring acquittal by the end of June 2018 we decided to press on and it was very worthwhile with some great progress made. Further information is available by contacting your individual Council committee members – if you’re not sure who that is please let me know. Unfortunately, the poor weather did delay the Regional Procurement Committee meeting also due to take place which will now be rescheduled.
Meeting with Coogee Chemicals
The Regional Water Treatment Committee also met with Coogee Chemicals for a contract meeting this month and we were pleased to hear details of the new depot currently being constructed by Coogee Chemicals in Cairns. The new depot will increase capacity from the 2 x 25,000 litre tanks currently available to 3 x 50,000 litres with capacity of a further 1 x 50,000. Construction is well underway with the concrete slab complete and the building works now underway ready for opening scheduled for mid-21018. This is an exciting development for our region as it provides improved supply of a critical product that is in extremely high demand.
18/19 Bitumen Reseal and Sewer Relining
Planning for the 18/19 Regional Bitumen Reseal is now well underway and a potential Sewer Relining arrangement in development, it does not show any signs of slowing down. However, I am still waiting for interested Councils to provide their data for sewer relining – if you are keen to get involved please ensure the data requested is provided by your Council as soon as possible. Hopefully there will be more to report on this next time!
Local Buy Conference
I attended the Local Buy conference on the Gold Coast last month. As always it was a great opportunity to network with likeminded Local Government Officers and to hear from some informative speakers on a range of subjects related to procurement and purchasing. Speakers included:
Finance Officers Network
I also attended the Finance Officers Network meeting held at Cairns Regional Council. This meeting is facilitated by the Department of Local Government & Planning and is open to CEO’S and Finance and Procurement Managers/Officers and attendance is encouraged by all Councils for the purpose of networking and information sharing. Amongst others, presentations at this meeting included: