Cleaning contracts up for grabs

Dozens of individual tenders are now possible as Wattle Range Council reviews how it cleans its tourist centres, offices and toilets across its vast area. It has long been the council policy to have a single cleaning contract for all its facilities but other options are now in the mix.

The current cleaning tender expires on June 30 and new contracts lasting five years are now in the offing. Engineering services director Peter Halton said the cleaning tender process was now under way with documents from interested parties needed to be lodged by April 8.

“For the first time, Wattle Range Council is accepting tenders for smaller packages of work, as well as tenders for all cleaning services,” Mr Halton said. “Each proposal will be considered on its merits. “No decision has been made yet on whether the contract will be split into smaller jobs, but by tendering the work this way, there is an opportunity for smaller businesses to potentially take on work that fits with their specialist skills or location.

“There are not many local businesses that could deliver on all aspects of the contract, so it gives council another option to engage with locals rather than only larger companies. “The current contract is one year as the previous contract was due to expire and we were unable to tender due to COVID travel restrictions.”

Mr Halton said in previous years, companies had travelled from interstate to attend the briefing and site inspection and this was not possible in 2020. “Before the one year contract, Wattle Range Council engaged Mod Cleaning for three years, with the option of extensions for up to two years,” he said. “The tender process takes a lot of resources for both council and tenderers so a longer contract reduces the administrative burden.

“It can also mean better pricing as the contractors have more certainty so they are comfortable investing in staffing and resources. “Wattle Range Council will manage the risk of poor-quality services through strong contract provisions and good quality control throughout the delivery.”

Mr Halton said the current cleaning contract was worth approximately $400k for the 12 months. “This includes all regular cleaning, emergency callouts and special events and over the past year, has included additional COVID cleaning,” he said. “The COVID requirements going forward will impact on pricing for the future contract.”

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