Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney is pleased that Finance Minister Bill Marmion has seen fit to recent changes to the Buy Local Policy.
“A business recently brought to my attention that Perth based companies were managing to bypass the Buy Local Policy through loopholes in the policy.
“If an interstate business submitted a compliant tender bid, it compromised the local preference policy. This enabled Perth based companies’ bids to also be considered.
“I wrote to Minister Marmion to request this loophole was closed and have recently received confirmation that this has occurred.
“Minister Marmion has advised me that an addendum to the Buy Local Policy has been released making it clear that where only Western Australian bidders are shortlisted for a tender process with a regional delivery point, then the Regional Price Preferences included in the Buy Local Policy will apply.
“This is a big win for our local businesses and industries,” said Mr Blayney