ANDERSON - LOCAL TRADIES FIRST PICK FOR LOCAL SCHOOL MAINTENANCE PROJECTS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the introduction of an e-Tendering initiative will enable local tradies to procure school maintenance jobs in the region.
Mr Anderson said tradies in Tamworth, Gunnedah, Manilla, Werris Creek, Walcha or Barraba will have precedence when it comes to procurement for maintenance jobs at local public schools, with the new online system allowing businesses to engage directly with the NSW Government on projects in the region.
“The online procurement process will ensure our local businesses are better supported throughout the drought.
“This new approach to tendering for school maintenance projects will provide approximately 25,000 opportunities to quote for work across the State, with an estimated total value of $50 million.
“We know it’s not just our farmers doing it tough at the moment; the knock-on impact of the drought is felt throughout the whole community.
“As a Government, it is crucial we continue to prioritise the employment of local businesses where we can,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the 2019-20 NSW Budget provides more than $620 million to clear the school maintenance backlog in all public schools by July 2020, bringing the total maintenance investment to more than $1.3 billion over five years.
It will be the first time in the state’s history that the school maintenance backlog will be wiped to zero.
“This Government is making good on our promise to clear the school maintenance backlog, with almost half the work already completed,” Ms Mitchell said.
The new platform will be fully operational early next year