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Local buy made easier for Council after change to Act

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has congratulated the Queensland Government for making it easier for Councils to choose local suppliers when competing for Council projects.

“This is great news for Redland businesses and is what I have been pushing for,” Cr Williams said.

“Redlands will be a place to do business for even more local organisations as a result of this change.”

Changes to the Local Government Act in Parliament last week mean Council can give extra weight to local businesses when selecting suppliers.

Cr Williams said that with the changes to the Act, Council could provide greater support to local businesses.

“I am committed to helping our own businesses and earlier this year called on Council to review its own purchasing policy to strengthen support for local businesses,” she said.

“This change to the Act means greater flexibility for Council, the city‟s largest purchaser of goods and services, to buy local.

“While Council must continue to balance the five ‘sound contracting principles’ of value for money, open and effective competition, development of local business and industry, environmental protection and ethical behaviour in making its purchasing decisions, a new clause in the Act confirms that Council does not have to give equal weighting to each of the five principles.”

Cr Williams congratulated the Newman Government on this important clarification that provides certainty for Council in dealing with local business.

“We value all five of the principles, and will continue to strive for best value for money whilst ensuring that we support our local economy, local business and local jobs.

“The message to local companies is that Council is open for business and if you can meet the basic principles of the Local Government Act requirements, please consider us as a possible client.”

Cr Williams said Council also recently amended its policy on payment terms to ensure payment to suppliers was quicker than it had been previously.

Redland Residents Honoured in Awards

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams today congratulated two local residents, Aunty Joan Hendriks and Paul Stanley, for their finalist nominations in the 2013 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards.

Councillor Williams said Aunty Joan and Paul Stanley were outstanding individuals who had contributed much to the Redlands, Queensland and Australia.

“The Australian of the Year Awards recognise the exceptional commitment of Australians who go to extraordinary lengths to protect our precious Australian way of life,” she said.

“Both Redlands residents are in the running for the Queensland Senior Australian of the Year and are among nine finalists from 427 nominations.

“Aunty Joan is an inspirational community leader and passionate advocate for reconciliation through cultural understanding and education. She is an Elder in the Murri Court at Cleveland, a Doctor of the Australian Catholic University, and for the past 30 years has been a leader in Aboriginal education. She has also been involved in native title recognition on Stradbroke Island.

“Paul is a passionate anti-violence campaigner who inspires our younger community members and raises awareness of the dangers of youth violence. He is responsible for the incredible work of the Party Safe initiative and One Punch Can Kill campaign.

“On behalf of the Redlands, I thank Aunty Joan and Paul for the incredible contribution they have made to our community and I encourage Redlands residents to put their full support behind their activities.

“I wish both Aunty Joan and Paul all the best with the Queensland award announcement on 15 November.”

The Australian of the Year Awards is a National Australia Day Council program. For more information visit www.australianoftheyear.org.au

Aunty Joan Hendriks – Reconciliation advocate
Aunty Joan Hendriks, a descendant of the Ngugi people of Moreton Bay Queensland, is an inspiring community leader, an outstanding adult educator and passionate advocate for reconciliation achieved through the understanding of cultural differences. She believes sharing cultures, spiritualities and ways of living with the land can be the stepping stones to a united Australia where justice and equity prevails. Since the 1980s she has worked in Aboriginal education in primary and secondary schools, local church and community organisations, in government and internationally at the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Forum. A former student at Brisbane’s Lourdes Hill College where she is now honoured as Elder in Residence, Aunty Joan was awarded the Australian Catholic University’s highest honour, Doctor of the University in 2012. She is also an Elder in the Murri Court at Cleveland where her wisdom and experience contributes to a greater cultural understanding. A consistent advocate for the rights of Indigenous people, Aunty Joan was actively involved in the campaign which saw traditional owners win native title recognition over their lands on North Stradbroke Island.

Paul Stanley – Anti-violence campaigner
In 2006 Paul Stanley’s son Matthew was a popular 15-year-old when he was killed by a single
punch at a party in the Redlands. Despite their terrible grief, Paul and his wife Kay established the
Matthew Stanley Foundation to make young people aware of the dangers of youth violence and
equipping them to deal with it. The Foundation works with the police and ambulance services,
schools, churches and community groups to spread the message about violence which include
the Party Safe initiative and the One Punch Can Kill campaign. Police cars and ambulances now
carry the stickers urging young people in potentially violent situations to Walk Away Chill Out. In
the years since Matthew’s death Paul has spoken to thousands of students using his own tragic
loss to emphasise that bad things can happen to good people and that one punch can kill. He also
mentors young leaders and has released a documentary telling Matthew’s story called One Punch
Did Kill. Paul’s philosophy is if one life is saved it is all worthwhile.