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Local Content podcasts: taking your business to the next level

January 30, 2020

GrassInterested in making your business competitive but unsure where to start? This podcast series on Local Content might be it! All across WA regions, Local Content Officers (LCAs) help develop, promote and maximise opportunities for local suppliers, contractors and job-seekers by connecting to government, industry, and businesses. There are 10 episodes in total, with episode 1 featuring Minister for Regional Development Hon. MacTiernan MLC, where she introduces the Local Content Adviser Network and the aim of the program. Other episodes include (click on the link to listen and download the podcast):

Episode 2: Megan Creagh, LCA for the Wheatbelt explains government buying process and Tenders WA.

Episode 3: Allan Smith, Shire of Murray, Director of Infrastructure Services, explains application process and criteria to undertake local government work, weighting, selection/evaluation process.

Episode 4: Alison Maggs, Strategic Sourcing Manager at Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA), explains qualitative criteria.

Episode 5: Megan Creagh, LCA Wheatbelt, explains why marketing your business is important to the selection process during procurement.

Episode 6: Dean Baker, Construction Manager, provides an industry perspective on how an Indigenous business can succeed in government procurement and the importance of registering on Aboriginal Business Directory WA (ABDWA).

Episode 7: Tony Halberg, Director of Policy and Procurement Service Department of Finance (DoF), explains pre-qualification with Building Management and Works (BMW), the preference for regional builders pre-qualification when tendering, Aboriginal Business preferencing, the Buy Local Policy and more.

Episode 8: Western Stabilisers (soil stabilising business in Corrigin), perspective from a regional Small Business Enterprise (SME) on dealing with government.

Episode 9: Premier Mark McGowan explain the Jobs Act progress and how it has impacted Local Content, long term plan of the Jobs Act and the benefits and touches on Western Australian Industry Participation Plans.

Episode 10: Megan Creagh recaps on the Local Content Network (LCAN) purpose and aim of the program. What we do and what is in store for the future.

Transcripts can be provided upon request.

For further information about Local Content please contact Kimberley Development Commission  via email on localcontent@kdc.wa.gov.au or phone Simon Marwick, Local Content Adviser on  08 9194 3004.

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