Surcharge for the transport of organic bulk goods

THE City of Greater Geelong has selected a trio of contractors from across the G21 region to transport large household and green organic produce across the community by July 2025.

Newcomb Sand and Soil (which operates in both Torquay and Moolap), Green Care Mulching (in Moolap) and Wettenhalls (based in Geelong and Colac) have been awarded the contract and have committed to purchasing local resources and materials and subcontracting to be awarded from the region as required.

The city’s sourcing policy, passed last December, includes a weighting to encourage the use of local suppliers.

Under the terms of the agreement, the three companies will receive waste and horticultural organics from refuse collection vehicles and load them onto bulk carriers.

This allows them to transport the materials longer distances, including to the city’s Garden Organics Processing Facility in Anakie.

The contract has an initial term of three years with two extension options of 12 months each.

The panel contract is estimated to cost $640,000 per year excluding GST for the full five years.

Geelong Mayor Peter Murrihy said it was great to be able to invest $640,000 directly in the economy of the G21 region.

“It’s really gratifying to see the contractors’ body committed to providing jobs to our community members and sourcing local produce where possible.”

“It will have a positive impact on our economy.”

Cr Belinda Moloney, Chair of the Council’s Circular Economy portfolio, said there are so many reliable companies in the G21 region.

“It is important that we direct investment back into the local community wherever we can and this call for tender is a good example of that.

“Supporting local businesses results in far-reaching economic and social benefits for the community.”

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