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Somerset businesses boosted from Council changes

Somerset Regional Council has further embraced the shop local concept by adopting procurement policy changes at its Council Budget Meeting on 8 June.

Published: 20th June 2022

 

SOMERSET Regional Council has further embraced the shop local concept by adopting procurement policy changes at its Council Budget Meeting on 8 June.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the policy overhaul sought to balance best value for money while generating more business within the Somerset community.

“These changes will improve efficiency within Council and help stimulate further economic activity throughout the Somerset region,” Cr Lehmann said.

Traditionally Council purchases were subject to two written quotations for those greater than $1,000. Now one verbal quote is needed for purchases up to and including $2,000 made from local suppliers. Above $2,000 and up to $15,000, at least two written quotes are required.

For non-local suppliers, the policy remains the same with at least two written quotations for purchases greater than $1,000 up to $15,000.

Under the Somerset Regional Council Procurement Policy, a local supplier is defined as having an Australian Business Number (ABN); that has a physical place of business on rateable land within the Somerset local government area that is owned or leased by the business.

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