Demolition expert rips into tender complaint
THE Gold Coast contractor hired to do the demolition for the new Maroochydore CBD has hit back at local anger over the fact that the Sunshine Coast Council has given the job to a company from outside the region.
John Bastemeyer said the same thing had happened to him on his home turf, but it was all part of the swings and roundabouts of tendering.
A member of the public contacted the Daily claiming the Bastemeyer Group had been ordered to wind up and also raised concerns over the company's alleged disregard for recycling, and environmental and traffic-management stipulations within the tender framework.
"That is totally incorrect," company owner John Bastemeyer said.
"All the steel, aluminium and copper is going to the Coolum Recycling Centre.
"All the concrete is taken to Fraser's Queensland Recycling in Brisbane. Everything we are doing is by the book.
"All our gear on-site is brand new and we own it all outright. We are far from going broke. We just completed a $9 million demolition at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. We do work for the Queensland Government - contaminated sites all over Queensland and in Townsville."
Should the contract for demolition have gone to a local?
This poll ended on 23 August 2015.
Yes, close the tender off or make location a deciding factor.
Yes. Surely being local counts for more than the best price?
No. As the man said, "fair's fair."
No. Not if the local guys weren't good enough.
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Mr Bastemeyer said public tenders were open to anyone in Australia.
"It's not just confined to the Sunshine Coast. Provided you have a fair rate, the right paperwork, provide the right safety and everything is done in the correct manner, that's how we dealt with it, and we were the successful tenderer," he said.
"The same thing happened to us on the Gold Coast - people come in from Melbourne ... we have the same grievances, but fair's fair."
Mr Bastemeyer said the demolition works would take about a fortnight.
A team of seven is on site, including three who live on the Sunshine Coast.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said Bastemeyer was chosen from a pool of 12 south-east Queensland companies.
"All were assessed in compliance with council's procurement policy and against sound contracting principles of value for money, open and effective competition, the development of competitive local business and industry, environmental protection; and ethical behaviour and fair dealing," he said.