New era for Auckland Council maintenance

Publish Date : 31 Mar 2017
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Aucklanders can expect better maintenance of their local parks, buildings and open spaces following a procurement process that has identified key maintenance suppliers, each committed to delivering the highest standard of essential community services. 

Each of Auckland Council’s current maintenance contracts expire on 30 June this year, giving the council the chance to identify innovative suppliers that could provide value for money and better local services for Aucklanders.

Resolution passed

The council’s Finance and Performance Committee yesterday passed a resolution to award the new contracts.

Councillor Ross Clow, Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee, says: “This process is an excellent example of what Auckland Council can achieve. Staff have worked incredibly hard to implement a programme that benefits from economies of scale yet is tailored to provide efficient, high-quality localised services.”

Streamlined, strengthened services

From 1 July, Aucklanders can expect to see more responsive, streamlined local maintenance services. One supplier will now manage the cleaning of a public toilet and, while they’re at the site, will ensure bins are emptied, lights fixed, and gates and doors locked or unlocked. Until now, this has been done by different suppliers under different contractual arrangements.

Due to their unique characteristics, the council will continue to manage local suppliers on Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands through its Community Facilities department.

'Bold and different' approach

Auckland Council’s General Manager Community Facilities, Rod Sheridan, says the procurement process wasn’t about doing the same thing with different suppliers.

“Instead, it was about doing something bold and different that would move Auckland closer to being the best-performing city in the world.

“This procurement process has been about ensuring the suppliers who will maintain Auckland’s assets over the next five years or more will deliver value for money for ratepayers."

Costs and a full list of successful suppliers and will be announced at the end of April once all contracts have been signed.

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