2020-21 Moreton Bay Region budget to create new jobs

Media Statement: Friday 26 June

2020-21 Moreton Bay Region budget to create new jobs

The 2020-21 Budget recently handed down by Moreton Bay Regional Council will directly employ at least 130 people and support up to another 3,000 through a $220 million capital works program.

Mayor Peter Flannery said anyone looking for work should keep an eye on Council’s website for job vacancies.

“As a newly elected Mayor, I’m firmly of the view that it’s the responsibility of government to step up to the challenges this pandemic presents and stand by our community,” he said.

“That’s why our laser focus this financial year is on creating and supporting jobs, to provide locals with some certainty at this uncertain time.

“In addition to the 60 newly created roles we recruited in the 2019-20 financial year, we’ll be employing around 130 new staff this financial year across our call centres, maintenance teams, in administration, and on the front line with our regulatory services crew among others.

“This includes an upgraded graduate program, providing opportunities for local university students to work within a council operational area relevant to their studies.

“Not only does this deliver on a recommendation in last year’s organisational review and bring our staffing levels into line with other councils, it will also create essential local job opportunities and provide a better standard of service delivery for locals.

“Treasury is forecasting the unemployment rate to rise in the June quarter.

“So I’m proud that our $220 million capital works program will support up to 3,000 jobs during the 2020-21 financial year around our region.

“We must drive our own economic recovery, so keep watching for job vacancies on our website because this is a Council that’s putting words into action.

“In fact just last week I met with some of the people we recently employed in our new street and signage maintenance crews, giving six unemployed locals a job when they needed it most.

“By creating jobs and backing local business, Council is backing Moreton Bay to succeed.

“Already we’ve implemented a ‘Local Preference’ policy to give weighted favour towards local companies.

“It means wherever possible contracts worth $50,000 or less must be awarded to a local business in the first instance, for contracts greater than $50,000 a local preference weighting of 15% will be applied to the tender evaluation scores.

“I urge local Moreton Bay businesses to register for VendorPanel Marketplace to be considered for upcoming Council tenders.

“As a Council we’re responsible for managing ratepayer dollars and I know ratepayers want to see their money backing local business, creating local jobs, building new local projects and improving our local lifestyle in ways that will get our economy back on track.”

Council regularly updates its current job vacancies at: https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Council/Employment

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