The first stage in the process was to seek expressions of interest from the market. This opened on 25 May 2019 and closed on 20 August 2019. Details are available on the LG tender box website.
The sub-regional alliance is currently assessing submissions and each council is expected to decide its next steps in mid 2020.
To protect the fairness of the process, councils are not able to provide further information during the evaluation period, nor receive or consider other proposals offering similar services to those sought in the expression of interest.
After the Expression of Interest process, and subject to the outcome of the procurement process, the parties will decide whether to:
invite written tenders from those applicants who responded with a regional solution for all the parties and local government areas;
invite written tenders from those applicants who responded with a regional solution for more than one of the parties or local government areas;
proceed to investigate and procure a solution(s) for their individual local government area(s).
if the parties, or some of the parties, decide to invite written tenders for a regional solution (for all or more than one of the parties or local government areas) invite written tenders.
If the parties decide to invite written tenders for a regional solution, for all or more than one of the parties or local government areas, the parties will negotiate an agreement to govern the conduct of the tender stage of the procurement process.
The Councils will continue to release information updated regarding this project as it progresses.