CONSTRUCTION companies, landscapers, tradespeople and suppliers are welcome to attend a free ‘Meet the Builder’ event on Thursday 25 February, to register for any opportunities that may arise from Frankston Private Hospital’s $45 million expansion project.
According to Frankston mayor Cr James Dooley, the Frankston Private Expansion project, delivered by Watpac on behalf of Healthscope and Generation Healthcare REIT, will include opportunities for local suppliers to bid for work packages on the project.
“This opportunity has been arranged through Frankston City’s ‘Buy Local’ program, which has brought about some amazing partnerships through major construction projects in the last few years,” Cr Dooley said.
The City’s Buy Local program has so far resulted in more than $20 million of construction and related contracts awarded to Frankston City based businesses on major projects such as The Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre (PARC), Frankston Hospital and the South East Water headquarters.
According to Santo Mangano from Carrum Downs business S & A Paving, which was awarded the concreting contract for PARC under the City’s Buy Local Program, local contracts bring economic benefits to wider the local community and opportunities to hire more staff.
“Making money locally means that you spend money locally: we always source local materials and the boys always eat their lunch at local cafes,” Mr Mangano said.
“As we had extra work doing the concreting for the aquatic centre, I needed about 25 staff on and off during that project. Whereas I usually employ about 10 staff during off-peak times,” he said.
“From ceiling and paving works to metalwork, signage to fencing, tiling, road works and almost everything in-between, any businesses that may have an opportunity to get involved with this project, should definitely find out more,” Cr Dooley said.
The free Meet the Builder event is on Thursday 25 February, 4–5.30pm at Frankston Arts Centre, Davey St, Frankston.
Register to attend at businessfrankston.com.au/events.