Media Statement- Wild Geese Building Group
Posted on: Thursday, 20 November 2014 at 11:11:14 AM
M E D I A S T A T E M E N T
Issued in response to recent media coverage about Wild Geese Building Group - North West Telegraph, 19 November 2014
20 November 2014
The Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce Inc. (PHCCI) will call on all tiers government and its government-owned organisations to prioritise local procurement strategies.
It follows the liquidation of another out-of-town service provider, Northern Territory-based building construction company Wild Geese, that’s left 15 local sub-contractors with $2 million in unpaid bills.
PHCCI urged government to fully commit to maximising local content and giving capable local businesses full, fair and reasonable opportunity to participate in its supply chains.
PHCCI President Andrew Ziems said the benefits of engaging trusted and experienced local business could not be underestimated.
He said commercial tender evaluations should give more consideration to local content outcomes and sustained social and economic returns for the entire community.
“Despite the heightened investment in our region it is disappointing that the matter of local procurement has not been prioritised,” Mr Ziems said.
“Small to medium sized enterprises are the back bone of many regional communities, as Hedland’s local economy matures and diversifies these local businesses will also become a major source of regional jobs creation.”
He recognised the recent efforts of major industry partners BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals Group and Roy Hill to encourage participation from local business in major expansion and construction works.
The PHCCI welcomed an opportunity to work with government and industry to further improve the capacity and competitiveness of local businesses in particular the delivery of more procurement information sessions in the Pilbara region.
“With the majority of these information sessions held in Perth, local businesses are disadvantaged due to their inability to access appropriate resources,” Mr Ziems said.
“We need to ensure local businesses are given every opportunity to be competitive!”
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