Procurement Update - April 2016

Bitumen Reseal & Register of Pre-Qualified Suppliers

The tender for the 16/17 Bitumen Reseal & Register of Pre-Qualified Suppliers has just closed, having been open throughout April. I am pleased to advise that the arrangement has generated much interest from the market and the tender briefing which took place at Cairns Regional Council was well attended. We even managed to get our own article in the business section of the Cairns Post which came as a pleasant surprise last weekend.

Article in the Cairns Post, Business Insight section – Saturday 23 April 2016

The submissions are currently in the process of being evaluated by representatives of all participating Councils following which recommendations will be put before individual Councils for ratification with a view to contract commencement on 1st July 2016. Watch this space!

Disposal & Beneficial Reuse of Biosolids

The Biosolids Sub-Committee met for the second time at the end of April when I shared with them the information provided by suppliers following recent market engagement.  Following discussion it was agreed that there would be many benefits to a regional arrangement and I am pleased to confirm that the development of suitable tender documentation for is now underway.  

Water Chemicals

The Regional Water Treatment Technical Committee also met at the end of the month to commence discussions regarding regional arrangements as the existing chemicals contracts for the supply and delivery of Sodium Hypochlorite and the Supply & Delivery of Liquid Alum will expire in April and May next year.

Local Buy Seminar                                                                                                                                  

Local Buy hosted a seminar at Cairns Regional Council this month which was aimed at all Council Officers from the Far North involved with Fleet, Engineering, IT, Corporate Services and Procurement.  The event was opened by Tim Rose, CEO of Local Buy and was followed by presentations from Emma Peters, Local Buy Regional Client Relations Officer for the Far North, Shane Grimstone, Local Buy Contract and Relationship Manager, Fleet and Category Manager Works, Pat McCormack. There was also a presentation from Telstra together with a representative from Appscore, regarding the benefits of digital solutions for Councils. The event was well-attended with many Far Northern Aboriginal Councils in particular making the journey to Cairns to find out more about Local Buy.  A copy of the presentations are available on request from Emma Peters at Local Buy.

Tim Rose opening the Local Buy Seminar at Cairns Regional Council

Tendering for Government Business

Kathy Rankin, Principal Economic Development Officer for the FNQ Regional Office of the Department of State Development attended the FNQROC Procurement Committee meeting late last year where she shared details of the Tendering for Government Business Workshops which they deliver in Cairns. Described as the state’s premier program for educating industry on the Queensland Government procurement process, the workshops are designed to help suppliers maximise their chances of winning government work.  Traditionally, these workshops have been attended by Cairns Regional Council where their Procurement team have delivered a presentation on Tendering for Local Government with a focus on Cairns Regional Council’s policies and procedures. Going forward, it has been agreed that it would be beneficial for FNQROC to deliver the presentation with the content updated to include the procurement practices of all FNQROC member Councils.

The first presentation was delivered this month to a small group of suppliers from a diverse range of industries from telecommunications to construction and was extremely well received. Subjects such as on-line tendering, tips for identifying opportunities, the evaluation process and in particular the local business component and value for money criteria were covered in the presentation having been previously  identified as the areas that generate the most questions from suppliers.

The next workshop is scheduled for 14 July 2016. If you are interested in attending or know someone who is please contact the Department of State Development at email/cairns)(

And finally, Line Marking or art?! You decide! This snap of line marking gone wrong for one of our Councils was doing the rounds on social media this week…..