By ERWIN CHLANDA
Minister for Infrastructure, Peter Chandler (pictured), has explained why a $29.6m Alice Springs hospital tender has been awarded by the NT Government to Sydney firm Lahey Constructions Pty Ltd instead of a local company.
He said later yesterday in a statement to questions from the Alice Springs News Online: “The tenders for the contract were evaluated by a panel in accordance with the assessment criteria and the NT procurement directions.
“As a result of this process Lahey were assessed as offering the best value for money outcome. The assessment criteria included price, local development, capacity, past performance and timeliness.
“Lahey does not have a presence in Alice Springs but it will be setting up a project office in Alice Springs for the contract.
“They have previously undertaken works in Alice Springs and sourced material and employed local subcontractors for that contract.
“The current contract requires Lahey to develop an industry participation plan and Indigenous participation plan.
“These plans are aimed at creating opportunities for local development and engagement in the project,” Mr Chandler says.
“I state from the outset that Alice Springs firms have won Darwin contracts in the past and will most likely in the future.
“The public tender process ensured that all appropriately CAL registered companies could submit an offer.
“The tender assessment process determined that the best value for money outcome for the NT was to award the contract to Lahey.
“Whilst Lahey are the appointed managing contractor, they are required to engage subcontractors to undertake the actual construction works. Local subcontractors in Alice Springs will have an opportunity to tender for the subcontract packages.
“Lahey does not have outstanding performance issues from previous works,” Mr Chandler said.
Lahey did not respond to a request for comment from the Alice Springs News Online.
By ERWIN CHLANDA