Nambucca Shire Council recently adopted a Buy Local Procurement Policy aimed to use Council's procurement actions to encourage and support local suppliers and support economic activity within the local government area.
For local suppliers who respond to Council's requests for quotations and tenders, Council will assess their response as if their total net cost bid was reduced by 5 per cent. Discounts will be limited to a maximum of $15,000.
For non-local suppliers who respond to procurement requests, if at least 25 per cent of the net cost includes use of locals then that proportion will also be subject to a 5 per cent discount up to a maximum of $15,000.
Mayor Rhonda Hoban said the policy is in recognition of the important role our small businesses play in the local economy.
"As a rural community we must never forget how our small businesses contribute to the local economy and stimulate economic growth by providing employment opportunities. Our small business sector is doing it tough in the current economic climate and they deserve and require all the assistance that can be provided to help them survive these tough times," she said.
"The month of October is Small Business Month and I encourage local businesses and those residents who want to start a business to check out the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner website for incentives, information, webinars and free events being held during October."