Building a stronger region

Published 11:30am 22 June 2020

Building a stronger region
Words by Melissa McMahon

Moreton Bay Region’s facilities will be back bigger and better as restrictions ease thanks to local investment.

Key to this boom is the fast-tracking of essential construction projects, which Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery says will benefit the whole community.

“One of the best ways Moreton Bay Regional Council can support our residents is by accelerating work to ensure local businesses have local contracts so they can keep locals employed,” Mayor Flannery explains.

“Through our asset maintenance program, council will pump $4 million into our local area to help businesses and the economy through the coronavirus pandemic.”

Building a stronger region

How this is happening

Brendale-based construction company, Sensus Building Group, has partnered with Moreton Bay Regional Council to deliver these essential projects during lockdown and beyond.

“During the past few months, we have worked on a variety of projects across the region including community hall renovations, sporting facility upgrades and historic building restorations,” Sensus Building Group CEO Sean Kenny explains.

“Because the council has moved projects forward, Sensus has been able to keep our local team members employed and provide pivotal works for our local subcontractors and suppliers.”

“This translates into more than 50 local families who are shopping and spending in the community.”

The Sensus team is now working on external upgrades at the John Oxley Reserve Community Centre including replacing decaying posts, rectifying trip hazards and internal facility painting.

Why this is important

Mayor Peter Flannery says it is the responsibility of government to provide some certainty in these uncertain times, and that’s exactly what Moreton Bay Regional Council will do in its Budget to be handed down on June 26.

“This is just the start. There’ll be even more stimulus initiatives in the Budget. Never has there been a more urgent need for council to support local jobs for local residents, as we look for initiatives to help our local economy through the coronavirus pandemic,” Mayor Flannery says.

“Our ‘Buy Local’ policy came into effect last month, and this is the first wave of maintenance contracts getting out to local companies. By backing local business, council is backing Moreton Bay to succeed.

“The best thing about backing local businesses with council contracts, is that they’re more likely to use local suppliers, hire locals, and create local opportunities.”

Mayor Flannery is urging businesses across the Moreton Bay Region to register for VendorPanel Marketplace to be considered for upcoming council tenders.

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