Member for Myall Lakes , Stephen Bromhead  is pleased to announce the NSW Nationals will introduce an e-Tendering initiative to enable local tradies to procure school maintenance jobs in the region.

Tradies in Myall Lakes will have precedence when it comes to procurement for maintenance jobs at local public schools, with the new online system allowing businesses to engage directly with the NSW Government on projects in the region.

Mr Bromhead said the online procurement process will ensure businesses in Myall Lakes are better supported throughout the drought.

“This new approach to tendering for school maintenance projects will provide approximately 25,000 opportunities to quote for work across the State, with an estimated total value of $50 million,” Mr Bromhead said.

“We know it’s not just our farmers doing it tough at the moment; the knock-on impact of the drought is felt throughout the whole community.

“As a Government, it is crucial we continue to prioritise the employment of local businesses where we can.”

Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro said this well-timed initiative is part of the Government’s continued commitment to stimulating local economies during this unprecedented drought.

“We need to give local businesses in areas like the Myall Lakes every opportunity to keep money local and the economy ticking over,” Mr Barilaro said.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the 2019-20 NSW Budget provides more than $620 million to clear the school maintenance backlog in all public schools by July 2020, bringing the total maintenance investment to more than $1.3 billion over five years.

It will be the first time in the state’s history that the school maintenance backlog will be wiped to zero.

“This Government is making good on our promise to clear the school maintenance backlog, with almost half the work already completed,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Through this new e-Tendering system, local tradies in areas like the Myall Lakes  will be given more opportunities for the uptake of local jobs, and schools will be able to work alongside trusted community-based businesses.”

The new platform will be fully operational early next year.