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Council fails to ‘buy local’ for flood levee television ad

Noel Sorensen, principal of Media & Communications Group incorporating Adz Power Agencies
Noel Sorensen, principal of Media & Communications Group incorporating Adz Power Agencies Sharyn O'Neill ROK180313sscam1

DOES Rockhampton Regional Council support local business?

That is the question being asked by Noel Sorensen, principal of Media & Communications Group incorporating Adz Power Agencies, after he saw the South Rockhampton flood levee television campaign, which council confirmed was not produced locally.

"If it was a huge production where they needed to go elsewhere, then fine," Mr Sorensen said.

But in this case he said the television commercial was just an ordinary commercial, something that could have easily been produced locally, and had the programming purchased locally, meaning the money would stay in the region.

"Going elsewhere on merit doesn't wash with me," he said.

Mr Sorensen said his company was not on the council's preferred suppliers list, as they had declined to put in a detailed submission as was required, but local companies were on the list.

Claiming that the council was hiding behind "fulfilling their obligations", Mr Sorensen said questions needed to be asked.

"Should the Rockhampton Regional council be held accountable if they don't support local business?" he asked.

A statement from the council said it was required to follow Local Government Purchasing Regulations as set out by the State Government.

Council chief executive officer Evan Pardon (pictured inset) said the council invited three companies from its preferred suppliers list - one of which was local to the Rockhampton region - to provide quotes for the South Rockhampton Flood Levee Television Campaign.

"The non-local company chosen was done so based on merit," Mr Pardon said.

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