The City of Casey has awarded four new contracts to deliver mowing services for our open spaces under a new arrangement designed to achieve better maintenance standards for Council and the community.
Council was pleased to generate good responses from the open space maintenance market during the competitive tender process, unearthing competitive pricing points to allow for the delivery of best value services for the community.
City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM acknowledged the work of Council officers to reconfigure the open space maintenance contracts for improved service delivery.
“We acknowledge that the scale, size and scope of the former contract model was very large and that, coupled with some economic and environmental challenges, impeded some of the contractors' ability to deliver services to the standards expected by Council and the community,” Ms Duff said.
“The dissection of a large and complex municipality like Casey for the purposes of open space maintenance required extensive analysis. As a result of this thinking, we now look forward to improved performance and high levels of community satisfaction in terms of the maintenance of those public sites into the future.
“We’ve appointed a mix of smaller and larger contractors responsible for smaller geographic areas, as well as awarding separate contracts for maintaining sportsground surrounds and roadside reserves. We believe this will provide good value to ratepayers in the current market and assist Council in delivering on the community’s expressed priorities for safe, clean and well-maintained open spaces and places.”
Contracts were tendered over a proposed initial four-year term, with an option to extend for a further four years.
The new contractors will be onboarded after spring, with some adjustments to mowing schedules to be implemented to optimise service levels.