MILK STAYS LOCAL FOR NORTHERN AND MID NORTH COAST HOSPITALS
The contract for milk and dairy supplies for hospitals on the Northern and Mid North Coast will be filled by the previous supplier, Norco, following discussions this week.
Member for Lismore, Thomas George, said he has been working behind the scenes with Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard to have the HealthShare NSW contract overturned.
“With the support of my National Party colleagues on the North Coast we have been able to secure this win for our dairy farmers,” Mr George said.
“This week I have also had meetings with Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, to discuss the opportunity for the government to give a weighting when it comes to local businesses applying for government contracts.”
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government recognised that the local community wanted to support the local dairy industry in Northern NSW.
“The NSW Ministry of Health has a duty, generally, to provide the best products for patients at the best possible price for taxpayers,” Mr Hazzard said.
“In that context the NSW public sector agency, HealthShare NSW, put the state wide contract for milk and dairy supply out to tender and made a decision which precluded Norco supplying hospitals in the northern and mid north coast areas.
“I am grateful to local MP Thomas George for bringing the matter to my attention so promptly and relaying community concerns. It is understandable that locals would prefer to have Norco provide the milk and dairy products for local hospitals.
“In light of the impact on the community, which only came to light after the tender, I asked HealthShare NSW to review its decision. Accordingly, the contract will be reinstated and the benefits of providing local milk to local hospitals have been given priority.
“I call on Norco to ensure that it delivers jobs to locals and prioritises its local community in every possible way.
“Norco will continue to provide the milk and dairy products for the Northern and Mid North Coast local health districts,” Mr Hazzard said.