Tenders are invited for an Regional Development and Communication Services Panel being established by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to help quicken its response to issues restricting grower profitability.
All grower groups, farming systems groups, research providers, agribusiness providers and other relevant parties are encouraged to submit tenders for a chance to become a preferred supplier to the GRDC.
GRDC extension and training senior manager Darren Hughes said the panel would provide the GRDC with a mechanism to continuously contract short-term (one to three years) local projects, within its governance structure.
“Over the next three years, the GRDC will invest $17 million in a range of short-term projects to help deliver on its vision of a profitable and sustainable Australian grains industry,” he said.
“The new investment services panel will allow the GRDC to provide growers with answers to the pressing issues that are restricting their profitability, in a timely way.
“Small projects delivered by the panel will complement larger projects outlined in the annual GRDC External Investment Plan.”
Dr Hughes said successful tenderers for the new Regional Development and Communication Services Panel would join other potential suppliers, engaged under a panel deed, to provide services to the GRDC on an ‘as required’ basis.
“Members of the non-exclusive panel will have the necessary skills and capacity to deliver in the categories of regional demonstration and regional communication,” he said.
“Having established networks with local growers is also a key selection criterion.
“Appointment of successful tenderers to the panel and entry into a panel deed does not guarantee any work.”
Dr Hughes said suppliers were required in the GRDC’s northern, southern and western regions, and for sub-regions within them.
The term of the panel is three years with an option for an additional two years, at the GRDC’s discretion.
There is no upper limit on the number of successful tenderers, provided they meet the selection criteria.
Once an Regional Development and Communication Services Panel is established, panel membership is closed unless the GRDC elects to again approach the open market to broaden the scope of an existing panel.
More information about the GRDC’s Regional Development and Communication Services Panel and access to the Request for Tender documentation can be found here.
Darren Hughes, GRDC
02 6166 4560, 0409 249 420
Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827