City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe is concerned after no tenders were received for a roads project in Greater Shepparton.
The recent tender process for a contract to complete the improvements to the St Georges Rd streetscape saw no interest from contractors, councillors detailed at this week’s council meeting.
Speaking to a motion updating the council on publicly-awarded contracts, Cr Dennis Patterson described the lack of interest as ‘‘sad’’, suggested prospective tenderers were ‘‘all busy’’ and said council would likely now need to retender.
Following the meeting, Cr O’Keeffe said the tendering process would be the subject of conversations with the chief executive and suggested casting the net out wider.
The mayor echoed that prospective tenderers were possibly busy with other projects, leading to a problematic lack of tenders received.
‘‘What can we do to attract companies to come and do this work for us if we cant get the tendering we’ve been hoping?’’ she asked.
‘‘It’s a big concern, we need those roads fixed, we need those works done.
‘‘It’s a concern where to from here.’’
Cr O’Keeffe hoped positive relationships with contractors could continue, adding the council was open to improving this.
Cr Seema Abdullah had last month raised the issue of a lack of tenders received, suggesting a lack of competition could be leading to less than desirable project outcomes.
She hoped the council’s tendering processes would be looked at.
Earlier this month, chief executive Peter Harriott said the council was looking at its procurement procedures to help identify if processes were preventing more tenders coming in, healthy competition nor discouraging companies from tendering.
He said council would like to see more tenders for road and construction projects and the component favouring local contractors was one of the variables it would review.