The WA Industry Link Regional Communication Forums kick off again this week, giving regional businesses information about upcoming State Government contract opportunities.
A series of 18 forums will start in Albany on Thursday 23 July, before winding around the state from Kununurra to Esperance over the coming months.
The forums will provide regional businesses with information on a number of State Government policies, including updates to the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy, the Local Capability Fund and the Buy Local Policy.
The revised Buy Local Policy, launched by the Premier in early July, will ensure regional businesses gain greater benefit from the State’s annual $27 billion spend on goods, services and works.
The revamped policy includes Regional Price Preferences that give local businesses a price advantage in bidding to supply to the State Government and “look-ahead” lists of forthcoming tenders to allow local contractors to be better prepared to bid.
The Regional Communication Forums will feature keynote speakers from State Government agencies who will highlight the significance the WA Government places on improving access to government contracts and the benefits this will have for the regions.
The next forums are in Bunbury, Busselton and Collie from July 28 to 30. Businesses can register for their local forum on the WA Industry Link Portal, at http://industrylink.wa.gov.au/events.
The forums were established by the WA Government in 2018 to improve the dialogue between the regional business community and the State Government on opportunities in government procurement.
The forums in 2019 were popular with regional businesses with more than 500 people registering for the eight events held across the state.
Premier Mark McGowan said the Regional Communication Forums gave regional businesses a first-hand look at the State projects that exist in their region.
“This is a great chance for them to hear from the decision-makers of what’s coming up, and also learn more about the recently launched and improved Buy Local Policy 2020,” he said.
“The policy establishes new communication channels between regional stakeholders and the State Government and these forums are key to that aim.
“The Regional Communications Forums will help ensure that the work done to date in understanding the views of regional stakeholders will carry into tangible outcomes for local businesses.”