THE FKG Group invited suppliers and subcontractors in the Maranoa to submit their interest and pricing for the Roma Hospital project at an information session last week.
The afternoon session, attended by close to 100 people, was an opportunity for local businesses to enjoy a steak and a drink and discuss possible strategies with FKG in an informal setting.
"We're a tier two business in engineering and infrastructure and we've been working in Roma since 2008,” group construction manager David Vicenzino said.
"Not only have we undertaken work here, over the past 10 years or so we've also supported local businesses and events.”
FKG is preparing its tender documentation and Mr Vicenzino said the company would like to work with as many local businesses as possible in the delivery of the Roma Hospital.
"It's a critical piece of infrastructure for businesses our here,” he said.
"We have got some strategies on how to involve more local people and one of those is looking at an option for setting up a process for non-skilled labourers to work on non-skilled activities on the project.
"We want to work with local businesses to allow the best value for money.”
Mr Vicenzino explained the government tender process to local suppliers and subcontractors.
"Their procurement policy involves three key parts.
"One, value for money is critical, local participation is high on the agenda and FKG has grown and continues to grow regionally,” he said.
"And third, the skill and expertise we provide in our management to run and deliver the project for the government.”
Area manager for the region Athol Gossow said there were a lot of local contractors FKG had already used for the earlier stages of the hospital project.
"We've used a local surveyor, DMAC is doing the civil works, we've got local suppliers, and local builders doing the concrete slabs,” he said.
"Everything other than specialist trades has been done by locals, and I think that's a credit to FKG doing what we say we do, and that's employing locals,” Mr Gossow said.