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Whitsunday Regional Council’s Director of Corporate Services Graham Jarvis last night won aprestigious award for procurement at the Local Buy, Government Procurement ProfessionalsAwards 2014.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said it is a remarkable reflection of Graham’s great work in theprocurement area over the past 14 months for him to receive such an important award in the Local Government sector.
“Graham was one of two recipients who received the award for his innovative policies andprocedures in the procurement area,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Early last year Graham initiated a project to improve the procurement practices across theWhitsunday Regional Council.
“The project embarked on a systemic and operational review of procurement practices delivering a range of benefits, most notably cost reductions and improvements to internal systems and procedures.
“At a time when Council is operating under tight financial constraints Graham has delivered aninnovative policy which saves money, while also delivering better services.
“Graham was awarded a bursary with this award which Robertson McCullough has committed tomatch.
“To demonstrate the commitment Graham has for delivering this project, he is proposing tocontribute the awarded bursary back into the Council to benefit staff training and personaldevelopment.
“Over the next few months Council will be rolling out a new procurement manual, contracts andtraining for staff.
“Graham would like to acknowledge and thank all the staff for the work they have done on theproject,” she said.
The Government Procurement Professionals Awards are designed to recognise the significantcontribution that staff make within the Local Government sector.
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