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Buy local campaign
More than 360 local businesses have signed up to the free Regional
Industry Link website in the lead up to Council's buy local campaign. The
campaign, which is co-sponsored by a Regional Development Victoria
grant, encourages local business to switch to local suppliers and use the
RIL website to help source them.
The businesses that registered on the RIL website have benefited by
regularly receiving information on new lucrative business opportunities. The
website is also a convenient way for all businesses and residents to source
local suppliers of goods and services. To register your business on RIL visit
www.regionalindustrylink.com.au and enter your details.
The buy local campaign is the latest in a series of measures coordinated
by Council's Economic Development unit and is part of Council's Import
Replacement Strategy. This strategy is designed to reduce escape
expenditure and help grow local business. Research commissioned by
Council this year indicates that local business spends over $3.2 billion
each year on goods and services from outside the Ballarat region.
As part of the Strategy, free tender writing workshops were run between
March and September to improve local capacity to win new business.
Council's new tendering process is also having an effect since Council
voted to introduce a Ballarat Industry Participation Program. All tenderers
for Council contracts over $250,000 must demonstrate local content,
providing additional incentive to use suppliers from the Ballarat region.
Council supports Ballarat
Council has recently demonstrated its commitment to the future of the
Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) industry by providing
$210,000 to Ballarat ICT Limited. This group was established in 2001 and
was originally called cBallarat. Council is keen to ensure that Ballarat
continues to grow its position as one of regional Australia's leaders in
Information and Technology.
Ballarat ICT Limited is made up of industry representatives who are
committed to promoting and supporting this rapidly growing industry in
Ballarat. The group is proposing to conduct industry and community
forums in ICT, represent the Ballarat community on issues such as the
Federal Government's National Broadband Network and work with
education providers including the University of Ballarat to ensure that there
is a ready supply of skilled workers in the region.
Chair of Ballarat ICT Limited, Mal Vallance thanked Council for its support
and said the Board will work energetically and collaboratively to provide
genuine economic and social benefits to the region.
With the ongoing expansion of the University of Ballarat Technology Park,
Ballarat is becoming renowned as a centre for collaboration and a city
providing solutions to industry and government.
Below: Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin and Industry Capability Network Grampian
Regional Manager Andrew Bradley at the launch of Council's RIL recruitment
campaign. Image courtesy of The Courier.
Above: The Chair of Ballarat ICT Limited Mal Vallance.
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