Council supports local business in bid for hospital work
  • Tuesday 15 January 2013

Sunshine Coast Council is encouraging local businesses to join together to increase their chances of securing work on the Sunshine Coast University Hospital project.

There will be 230 works packages for construction of the hospital released tomorrow (16 January) ranging from contracts for earthworks, block work, carpentry, floorcoverings, windows and curtains, through to signage, whitegoods, mirrors and even artwork.

The packages will be released online through the ICN Gateway and local businesses must be registered to receive information and tender for the work.

Economic Development and Division 3 Councillor Peter Cox said Lend Lease has broken these packages down into smaller units to give local Sunshine Coast businesses a better opportunity to secure work.

“Similar styles of businesses could join together to create a bigger footprint—this in turn may mean more opportunities for work on the hospital,” Cr Cox said.

“And there may also be opportunities for other partnerships—for example a landscaper could join with a plant nursery, an excavator, a turf farm and an irrigation company to bid for work.”

“These types of networks already exist on the Coast, and council will hold a Business Partnering Workshop on Thursday 17 January to provide information on how this model could work.”

Cr Cox said council will work with local businesses to help them pursue the opportunity of securing work on the hospital project.

“We are doing this in a number of ways, including creating a number of opportunities to inform and up-skill local businesses,” Cr Cox said.

“A video is available to guide contractors through the ICN Gateway registration and tender application process.

“And in February, a series of subsidized workshops will be held for businesses to create or update their management systems—as Quality, Environmental and OHS Management Systems will be must haves for any businesses seeking work on the Hospital.

“I encourage all Sunshine Coast businesses to get registered on the ICN and think seriously about how they can take advantage of this opportunity.”

Further details about the works packages, the ICN video and workshops can be found at www.businessezy.com.au