Councils work together to award Maintenance Tender
07 February 2018
The City of Greater Dandenong has joined forces with Cardinia Shire and Yarra Ranges Shire to award a new building maintenance contract for the next three years.
The idea to collaborate during the tender process came out of a meeting held between the South East Melbourne councils approximately 18 months ago.
Greater Dandenong Council Chief Executive Officer John Bennie said in light of the current economic climate, and following the introduction of rate capping, councils were looking at innovative ways to save money.
“All three councils were able to deliver better outcomes for their local communities,” Mr Bennie said.
“We have been able to maintain the high standards of service delivery our community expects, while also saving money.”
Mr Bennie said working together had not only cut the tender costs significantly for the three councils – saving approximately $50,000 in total – but it also had broader far-reaching benefits for each municipality.
“Not only have we been able to save a significant amount of money but we have also strengthened our bargaining power by working together,” he said.
“The successful tenderer has committed to giving one percent of the total revenue generated from each council back to the community in the form of grants or sponsorship.”
“They have also agreed to employ at least two homeless or disadvantaged people from each council area, ensuring at least six long-term unemployed have ongoing work.”
This innovative procurement process has been so successful that the project is also a finalist in the LGPro Awards for Excellence to be held later this month.