Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    New Regional Buying Centre for the Great Southern

    4/03/2008 12:00 AM

    The new Great Southern Regional Buying Centre at Albany is now operational, Treasurer Eric Ripper announced today.


    Similar centres are operating in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Bunbury.


    “There are currently 70 State Government agencies delivering services from regional offices throughout Western Australia,” Mr Ripper said.


    “Key objectives of the Albany centre include shifting more Government buying to the Great Southern region and better co-ordinated buying across the region.


    “The centre will act as a focal point for local suppliers wishing to sell to Government or seeking general advice on how the tender process operates.”


    The Treasurer said the development of Regional Buying Centres was part of the Government’s procurement reform program.  Businesses across the State were already benefiting from a variety of other program initiatives including:


    ·         increasing the threshold for public tenders from $100,000 to $150,000;

    ·         allowing agencies to undertake direct purchasing up to $5,000 without having to seek multiple quotes; and

    ·         allowing verbal quotes for purchases under $20,000.


    “These changes save time and resources for both Government agencies and the businesses they deal with,” Mr Ripper said.


    “Previously, many suppliers had expressed concern over the time and effort they were devoting to preparing tenders and quotations for low-value work.


    “Establishing Regional Buying Centres is further evidence of the Government’s commitment to regional WA, plus our desire to ensure that taxpayers' dollars are spent as efficiently and effectively as possible.”


    Mr Ripper announced that Robert Isted, Senior Procurement Manager, would head the Great Southern Regional Buying Centre, which would initially have three staff.  Mr Isted had extensive experience in Government procurement and had played a pivotal role in the business success of the Department of Treasury and Finance’s Regional Buying Centres across the State.


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