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Remote Application of Local Buy

When you live in a small community on the western side of Cape York, the local airstrip is a vital link to the rest of the world.  The airstrip allows delivery of mail and essential supplies, potentially lifesaving medical services, as well as education and employment opportunities.

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council recently utilised Local Buy’s BUS242 Civil Works arrangement to appoint a construction contractor for a multi-million-dollar project to upgrade the Mapoon Airstrip & Thunguu Road.  The work includes runway extension stabilising and sealing, lighting, emergency power generators and new fencing at the aerodrome, and improved road access from the town, ensuring residents remain better connected to the essential services they need.  Funding for the project was provided through the Federal Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program and Queensland Governments ATSI TIDS and TCICA funding program.

Tom Smith is the Works Manager at Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council.  Tom says his Council used the Local Buy BUS242 arrangement because it was an effective, time efficient alternative to a traditional tender process.  BUS242 offers a selection of reliable prequalified suppliers, capable of provide the required construction services in a remote location.  The Council retains control of project documentation, construction contracts, and supplier selection and can nominate local sub-contractors if necessary. 

It is a busy time at Mapoon.  The Council have also utilised Local Buy arrangements for a concurrent project to upgrade the town’s water supply and associated Project Management.  The council has obtained contract advice and assistance during the project planning phases from Local Buy’s Client Relationship Manager for North Queensland Emma Peters.