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Gold Coast City Council is first to offer tender opportunities directly to social enterprises

September 10, 2012

MEDIA RELEASE: ‘Social business’ to benefit disadvantaged

In what is believed to be a national first, Gold Coast City Council will offer tender opportunities directly to ‘social benefit suppliers’ – providing employment opportunities for the city’s most disadvantaged.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair, Councillor Bob La Castra, said Council’s Social Procurement Program was designed to benefit organisations and businesses that had a social rather than commercial or business purpose.

“An example of a social benefit supplier may be an organisation that runs a lawn mowing business that trains and employs young people who have been homeless,” said Cr La Castra.

“By contracting to work with social benefit suppliers, Council will receive required services while being able to contribute social benefits to the community.”

Councillor La Castra said the benefits of the program included:

  • developing and attracting social enterprises
  • encouraging local businesses to include social or community objectives into daily business practices
  • promoting employment opportunities, inclusive and accessible work environments for young people or older persons who are unemployed, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities
  • building the skills, knowledge and ability of not-for-profit community groups to enable them to access funding and expand services

Council’s first social procurement tender will be released 25 August. It will be advertised in the local, state and national papers, as well as online and the LG Tender Box internet site.

“This is for a contract to clean Council administration buildings, libraries and Councillor offices for a period of two years. Planning is also underway for a social procurement tender for the recycling rights at the Molendinar Waste and Recycling Facility. Enterprises will be able to tender for the inspection, sorting and beneficial reuse of items delivered there,” said Cr La Castra.

“This is a very exciting step for Council and we are proud to be leading the way by providing employment opportunities for our city’s most disadvantaged people.

“While other organisations may include some social benefit criteria in their general tender documents, Council has committed to the next step – to offer tender opportunities to social benefit suppliers, or social enterprises only.”

Council will work with social groups and suppliers to expand opportunities and identify other suitable areas of spend for future social procurement initiatives.

For further information about the cleaning tender process call 5667 3728 or email: infproc@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

 

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