Over 80 local businesses came together last Tuesday night to voice their feedback on local procurement in the region at the Mangrove Hotel.

Broome Chamber of Commerce & Industry hosted the Broome Communications Forum which brought policy makers from the Office of the Premier, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation, Kimberley Development Commission, Department of Finance, Main Roads and Horizon Power together to talk about barriers to local procurement especially in public sector projects in the region. 

Presentations were received from the special guest Hon Josie Farrer MLA, Member for Kimberley about the McGowan Governments commitment to job creation in the regions, changes to the WA Industry Participation Plans to further promote local procurement, opportunities for supply to local upcoming projects with Main Roads, Department of Finance and Horizon Power.

A robust Q & A session was facilitated by the BCCI, allowing businesses to identify issues and barriers in relation to their experiences in public sector tender processes, where many identified the tenders were not created to suit the local conditions and requirements.  Many expressed frustration with the amount of time it takes to complete a tender, wasted on operations within their business, only to be outbid by southern Perth based organisations.  This feedback was well received by the government agencies and will be taken in account to change policy and adopt new recommendations to facilitate an enhancement in local procurement and local opportunities for businesses.

The State Government also announced four new rounds of the Local Capability Fund to assist businesses to secure procurement opportunities in the public and private sectors prior to the official announcement on Thursday.

The LCF aims to help local businesses improve their capability and competitiveness to supply goods, services and works to the government, major projects and other important markets.

The LCF provides funding of up to $20,000 for eligible activities, including consultancy services, purchase and upgrade of equipment, training and qualifications, and improvements to internal business infrastructure and systems.

Three new rounds of the LCF rounds have opened for 2019-20: Aboriginal Business, the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS), and the Future Battery Industry.  A fourth round – The METRONET Railcar Procurement – will be opened once a successful bidder has been announced.  Read More HERE

“This has been a long term advocacy item for the Broome Chamber of Commerce & Industry,” said Chief Executive Officer, Elaine Jolliffe.  “We are extremely pleased by the attendance of the business community to voice their feedback about the current failures in procurement from the public sector and we hope our recommendations voiced in this session will be taken into account soon to see real change and opportunities for our local businesses.  It’s time for action.”

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