Council has endorsed an interim COVID-19 Local Preference Policy, in order to lessen the impact of the pandemic on the economy in the local government area.
The report was brought back to their May meeting. Where they endorsed the interim policy until December 31, 2020, at which time the current Local Preference Policy will automatically reinstate.
Furthermore, the interim policy can be extended until June 30, 2021, should the economic impact of COVID-19 still be present within the local government area.
Under it, where goods and services are available locally, Council officers should ensure that local service providers be given the first opportunity to provide a quotation for consideration. And by increasing the price advantage discount percentage, permit further consideration of the pricing submitted.
Although Council must still evaluate criteria such as experience, capability, and licencing requirements.
Under the interim policy, "local service providers" are those that provide goods and services to Council that operate from permanently staffed premises within the boundaries of the Mid-Western Regional Council LGA - for a minimum period of three months prior to submitting the quotation or tender.
And is an organisation of less-than 150 employees and is at least 50 per cent owned by an individual (or individuals) that live in the LGA and has done so for a minimum period of three months before submitting the quotation or tender. It is assumed that the individual/s reside/s at their address on the electoral role.
In speaking to the interim Local Preference Policy - and the interim COVID-19 Financial Assistance Policy - Cr Russell Holden said "hopefully we see a light at the end of the tunnel".
"I want to congratulate the Councillors that attended the workshop and provided feedback, and particularly the staff, for formulating the assistance for the community in such a quick and timely manner," he said.
"And I think that it's very good that the Council can do the bits we can to assist our community in these difficult times."