Man cuts grass with weed whacker

Townsville City Council has put out a call to all local gardening, mowing, slashing, weed control and outdoor management businesses, encouraging them to apply for up to $43 million in parks and open spaces work and maintenance to be carried out at a variety of parks, gardens and along roadsides across the city.

Townsville Mayor, Jenny Hill, said she encouraged local businesses to consider submitting a tender for the upcoming works.

“A variety of businesses can tender for the work as it will cover a large footprint of our city’s open-space network,” Cr Hill said.

Cr Hill encourages everyone from small businesses with one or two employees, to larger organisations with specialist equipment and experience to “throw their hats in the ring”. 

“Council crews will continue to focus on parks, gardens and road side work in the city whereas this tender will look to cover some of those areas to the north, south and west of the city,” Cr Hill said. 

“The contracts will be for up to eight years starting 1 July 2023.”

Business Services and Finance Committee chairperson, Margie Ryder, said Council wants to prioritise the support for local businesses.

“Council will hold an information session on 25 August at Reid Park to discuss some of the requirements for businesses interested in taking on some of the work,” Cr Ryder said.

The information session will allow attendees and interested parties to learn more about the required work, how to submit a tender and ask any questions they may have.

“We want to give local companies the confidence to tender for the works, grow their business, and create more employment opportunities while maintaining our world-class parks and open spaces across the city,” Cr Ryder said.

“This is one of the initiatives Council has put in place to meet our commitment for 90 per cent of procurement spending to be with local businesses within the next four years.”

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