A temporary change to Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) Procurement Policy, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been made permanent following encouraging local spending throughout the Region.
Responding to the challenges of a global pandemic, TRC Deputy Mayor and Finance and Business Strategy Committee Chair Cr Geoff McDonald said Council originally changed its policy to help local suppliers get back on their feet.
“In May 2020 we agreed to amend the Procurement Policy to assist local suppliers wherever possible with the way we procure,” Cr McDonald said.
“This was seen as a provisional measure to provide immediate support to our business community, with a review to take place at the end of last year.
“We’ve now undertaken this review and the results have been extremely encouraging with our local spend above 50% and close to our target of 60%, which is more than double that of the State Government expenditure with Queensland suppliers.