Local small and medium businesses given priority for flood clean-up contracts

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience, Minister for Finance and Employee Relations

The NSW Government will give first preference to local small and medium-sized businesses in flood-affected areas when awarding contracts for the repair, remediation or provision of goods and services for Government-owned sites impacted by flooding.

The direction, issued by Minister for Finance Damien Tudehope, was first issued in response to the February-March flood event and has now been extended to cover the June-July flood event.

“The extension of the direction will go a long way in helping local businesses and communities recover financially,” Mr Tudehope said.

“Whether it’s a local courthouse, school or bridge, there will be many opportunities for small and medium businesses to assist in the repair and rebuilding work at Government-owned sites in their communities.”

“Small businesses make up more than 97.5 per cent of businesses in NSW and the direction is the NSW Government’s way of supporting those local businesses which are the backbone of their community and the NSW economy,” he said.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said there is a significant amount of clean-up and rebuilding work to be done over the coming months.

“By supporting local companies with flood repair and rebuilding contracts, we are in turn keeping local people in local jobs,” Ms Cooke said.

“This emphasises the importance of small and medium-sized businesses to the NSW Government and sets an example for the private sector and insurance companies to consider copying.”

One local business to benefit from this directive is R&C Civil Group which has been contracted for flood recovery work in Conjola and Murramurang National Park. R&C Civil Group had previously completed major bushfire clean-up work in the region.

R&C Civil Group’s Managing Director, Robert Dennis, said mainstream projects provide employment for local Aboriginal people and ensures more of the Government’s investment in local recovery projects stays in the area.

NSW Government agencies are responsible for identifying local small and medium-sized businesses who can do the required work.

Businesses are encouraged to increase their visibility for NSW Government procurement opportunities by registering on the Supplier Hub at www.suppliers.buy.nsw.gov.au

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