OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Ipswich City Council launches its new website Ipswich Building Industry Online. From left are Tredmac director Daniel Trevorrow, ADCO Queensland manager Simon Hawkins, Building Industry Online managing director Tanya Stainton and Mayor Paul Pisasale.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Ipswich City Council launches its new website Ipswich Building Industry Online. From left are Tredmac director Daniel Trevorrow, ADCO Queensland manager Simon Hawkins, Building Industry Online managing director Tanya Stainton and Mayor Paul Pisasale. David Nielsen

New website helps build business for our tradies

CONSTRUCTION of the new Bunnings store at West Ipswich will be the first project to use council's new website to link small, local contractors with the city's big developments.

The Ipswich Building Industry Portal, the first of its kind in Queensland, was created in response to calls from smaller subcontractors and suppliers, particularly after the 2011 floods, for an easy and efficient method of securing work on larger development and construction projects in the region.

Launched last week, the service provides a complete online tender and construction management system for subcontractors and suppliers at no cost.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said self-employed tradesmen, local contractors and suppliers often missed gaining work on major building projects.

"Larger building contractors and project managers will now be able to advertise positions they need to fill and materials they might be seeking for upcoming projects," he said.

"This online community portal opens the door for local subcontractors and service providers to link with contractors delivering construction projects within the Ipswich region.

"All local businesses and tradesmen in Ipswich can register with the portal for free and this will help major contractors to instantly connect to the local resources on offer. This will strengthen local participation in supply chain networks."

Adco, who won a $30 million tender to build the West Ipswich Bunnings precinct, was the first company to advertise for local subcontractors.

Queensland manager Simon Hawkins said Building Industry Online allowed the company to engage the local tradesmen in the tender process with construction scheduled to start soon.

"There will be about 200 contractors from carpenters, electricians to concreters and roofers working on this project," he said.

Tredmac director Daniel Trevorrow was the first to register his Booval carpentry business to the portal on Wednesday.

"This is another opportunity for us to work locally," he said.

Sekisui House Australia president and managing director Toru Abe said the free portal was a great initiative that the company was proud to support.

"In commencing work on Ecco Ripley, Sekisui House will be encouraging all major contractors to use this portal to ensure work is sourced from local providers," he said. "Sekisui House firmly believes in a smart and sustainable approach to delivering communities and investing in resources from the local workforce will ensure the best result for the region."

The Ipswich Building Industry Portal can be accessed via council's website or at bioipswich.com.au.



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