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Government Bushfire Recovery Work Prioritises Local Businesses

NSW Government agencies undertaking rebuild and recovery work in bushfire-affected communities will put local businesses first in an effort to stimulate local economies. 

The NSW Government has launched a new business portal and a concierge service to help local and regional businesses gain access to government agency procurement opportunities in fire-affected areas. See Tenders NSW.    Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope has issued a direction to all government agencies to source work from local businesses as part of the bushfire recovery process.

“This is about ensuring we provide local businesses with opportunities to access government procurement activities and give them first preference to provide the services required to rebuild their communities,” Mr Tudehope said.

“Many of these local businesses can offer services needed in the recovery phase. For example, a local business could repair a local school damaged by bushfires,” he said.

The portal on the Tenders NSW website will allow Government agencies and councils across the state to upload details of available work so the whole supply chain is aware of upcoming opportunities.

Appointed contractor, Laing O’Rourke, will work with Public Works Advisory NSW to ensure local suppliers and subcontractors are engaged where possible for the clean-up The NSW Government will cover the clean-up cost of residences and businesses impacted by bushfires and has appointed Laing O’Rourke to oversee the process. Insured and uninsured properties are eligible. Register at the Recovery Centre or the Service NSW website to ensure you are eligible.

Where possible, local contractors will be engaged to assist the clean-up, and Council has written to businesses in our region to make them aware of this opportunity. Businesses interested in clean-up work can register by emailing constructionselection@finance.nsw.gov.au

Eurobodalla has around 500,000 tonnes of demolition material to be collected from fire affected properties. Nearly 80 percent of Eurobodalla’s land area has been hit by fire

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