Local content business boost
The GSDC’s Local Content Officer (LCO) promotes and maximises regional business opportunities for local suppliers, contractors and employers.
The LCO works to ensure that Great Southern businesses are given the best shot at tendering for government projects, and encourages larger businesses to think local when awarding contracts. The aim is to include as much local content as possible in regional projects to create local jobs.
This work is part of a State Government intention to ensure that, as far as possible, its investments in regional areas support local businesses and grow the regional economy.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said LCOs will ensure that smaller companies in the regions are not disadvantaged in the tender process just because they don’t have dedicated procurement staff.
“We want to encourage regional businesses to compete for government tenders so they can employ more local workers, helping to spur job and career development opportunities in communities,” Minister MacTiernan said.
The State Government’s focus was highlighted to business representatives at the Denmark Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Thursday 7 December and was very well received. Other business organisations in the region will have similar opportunities to hear about the initiative in coming months.
As part of the initiative, the GSDC has established a Local Content Reference Group to help identify opportunities to improve local procurement outcomes.
The group will seek to improve agency practices at a local or regional level, and could recommend more wide-reaching policy or practice initiatives to Government to generate change.
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