Council to consider local procurement policy

Councillor Kyle MacGregor speaks up at a council meeting. Image archiveCouncillor Kyle MacGregor speaks up at a council meeting. Image archive 2017

A local procurement policy was discussed at Central Coast Council, on Monday, September 24.

Cr Kyle MacGregor has said he will move a motion calling for the Council to request Council chief Mr Gary Murphy instigate necessary steps to formulate and develop a local procurement policy for Council. If councillors vote in favour of the motion, it is expected a policy will be developed in consultation between relevant staff and councillors and included in next year’s operational budget. Cr MacGregor said local labour and businesses products and services should be included in the delivery of Council services that are not delivered by directly employed staff or council directorates.

“I will move that we consider favouring local workers and local businesses in the tendering processes as an option, or consider if weightings or ratios are appropriate for these tenders to encourage the use of local workers and businesses in delivering services and stimulating our local economy through the fiscal activity of Central Coast Council,” Cr MacGregor said.

“I also want to see Council consider support for a Buy Local campaign that promotes and encourages the purchase and use of local services and products by our local community similar to the Buy Australian Made campaign that has been so successful at the national level,” he said.

“I will also be calling for the Council to recognise the unique skills, products, produce and exceptionally high quality of our local workforce and small businesses particularly in the agriculture, construction and manufacturing sectors and seek to promote these to strengthen our local economy and local community,” he said.

SOURCE: Media statement, 13 Sep 2018 Kyle MacGregor, Central Coast Council