Local businesses are being urged to tender for work related to the multimillion dollar upgrade of the Lismore Base Hospital.
Fifty work packages, with an expected value of $30 to $50 million, are available to view on the Buy Local Project online tendering portal at www.regional.icn.org.au
The work packages are for a huge variety of work from carpentry to ceramic tiling, fencing, glazing, joinery, curtains and blinds, painting, signage and much more.
Lismore’s economic development manager Mark Batten said although the deadline for some packages was tight, he encouraged local businesses to move fast.
‘The best way to make our economy more resilient is for local businesses to be on the pulse of what’s happening locally and jump at these kinds of opportunities,’ Mr Batten said.
‘Why have out-of-town tradespeople come and take these contracts when we have the skills and capacity right here in Lismore?
‘We have a multimillion dollar hospital upgrade about to take place and the whole region can benefit from this.
‘For every local business that gets work through the Lismore Base Hospital upgrade, it means more local people spending their wages in the local region and boosting spending for other local businesses.
‘If local businesses can tender successfully for these contracts there will be ripple effects across the community.’
The Buy Local Project was launched in July last year and is a partnership between Lismore City Council, the Northern NSW Local Health District and the University Centre for Rural Health.
Dubbed an ‘online dating service’ for government and business, the Buy Local Project Northern Rivers procurement portal is an Australian first.