Regional Procurement - June 2014

By: Regional Procurement Coordinator, Amanda Hancock...

Scrap Metal Recycling

The Regional Scrap Metal Project has progressed well during May with two Project Steering Committee meetings taking place during the month. The first priority of the group was to set the high level scope and objectives of the project which in itself could have been a challenge given the involvement of six member councils all with differing needs and priorities however, I am pleased to report that the project scope and objectives have now been agreed with the focus specifically on achieving acceptable volumes of scrap metal at the region's transfer stations whilst achieving certainty in terms of revenue. The second meeting was timed to coincide with the Regional Waste Management Committee meeting together with LAWMAC's quarterly regional meeting held in Cairns further details of which can be found in Steve's update. During this second meeting the group considered research data on similar existing regional arrangements and started to discuss the strategic options available and what would best suit our region. The effective management of scrap metal does present a number of challenges, the market being subject to considerable fluctuation in terms of price and logistics such as transportation costs which are further impacted by the geographical size of our region so there is much for the Committee to consider. As always, this time of the year is exceptionally busy due to budget and the end of financial year reporting and so with this in mind a workshop has been arranged in July to discuss further. It is hoped that after this workshop we will be in a position to finalise the appropriate tender documentation and begin engaging with potential contractors.

Bitumen Reseals/Asphalt Overlay

Discussions in relation to the Bitumen Reseal programme are progressing well and opportunities for a collective Asphalt Overlay programme are still being considered by the Project Steering Committee.