FROM FACEBOOK: Byron Shire Council Hiring Consultants to Hire Consultants

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VOICE of BYRON regular, Robert Sampimom has had a busy week – spotting this motion that was carried at the recent Byron Shire Council meeting. 

Robert says, “Here’s how to waste money the Byron Shire Council’s way. When in doubt, hire another consultant to hire a consultant.”

Report No. 8.1 CONFIDENTIAL – Council Tender for the Multi Use of Byron Shire Rail Corridor

File No: I2017/1710


That Council not accept any of the tenders for Lump Sum Price Contract 2017-0037 for the study on the Multi-Use of Byron Shire Rail Corridor and invite Expressions of Interest as follows.

1. An independent consultant be appointed to review and redraft EOI/RFT documents and to project manage an Expression Of Interest process on the following timetable:

a) Review, redraft and advertising of new EOI for presentation to Council at the 1 February 2018 Ordinary meeting

b) Assess and make recommendations to Council within 28 days of EOI close.

2. That the brief for the selection of a consultant be prepared by staff with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to be provided with the opportunity to make comment on the brief.

3. That staff compiling the consultant’s brief consider including requirements to:

a) Design a high level framework for project management and governance of preparation, advertising, appointment and delivery stages of the project.

b) Identify governance mechanisms that at a minimum provide for the inclusion of the Mayor and Cr Cameron

i) in the review and redraft of the EOI/RFT documents

ii) in all project team discussions around scoping, hold point and review points in the delivery stage

c) Identify governance, feedback and reporting arrangements to keep Council informed.

d) Conduct an in independent assessment panel.

e) Consider and provide options for tender management following the EOI including potential to split into more than one tender.

4. Write to all EOI and RFT submitters to advise of and apologise for the decision not to proceed with current process and request that they consider submissions to future EOI and RFT processes. (Cameron/Richardson)

The motion was put to the vote and declared carried.

Country Labor’s Cr Spooner and the Nationals’ Cr Hunter voted against the motion.


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