The Australia Pacific LNG project accommodates more than 6,000 workers each night during times of peak construction, often in remote locations across Queensland.
Supplying fresh food to thousands of hungry workers is no easy feat; however the project’s preference to use local suppliers ensures the freshest ingredients possible are used in each meal.
Wickham Farms Killarney, an Australian owned and family operated company, is one of many businesses that supply produce to the project.
“The Wickham family has been farming in Queensland since 1960 and has created a proud tradition that spans four generations. We pride ourselves on delivering the freshest produce. Our pre-cut locally grown vacuum sealed produce has a shelf life of up to 10 days which has been well received,” explained Wickham Farms Company Secretary, Kerri-Ann Lamb.
Sourcing produce from local suppliers not only helps to provide quality food for our people, it also directly supports local food growers and manufacturers in regional areas and the cumulative impact of this is already delivering positive outcomes for businesses.
Sourcing produce from local suppliers not only helps to provide quality food for our people, it also directly supports local food growers and manufacturers in regional areas.
Australia Pacific LNG’s CEO Page Maxson is dedicated to ensuring opportunities are provided to local and regional businesses.
“We have worked hard to maximise participation and are pleased with the results to date, with more than three quarters of our total project spend being used on Australian goods and services”, said Page.
To ensure suppliers are aware of the opportunities available, the project team hosted a series of workshops, including a joint session with the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to introduce the Compass Group (the project’s major catering contractor), to food growers in the Darling Downs and South West Queensland region.
With almost 5000 people attending 41 supplier briefings in 2014 (and with more scheduled for 2015), we’re expecting to see the 2000-odd suppliers registered on the Project Supplier Portal grow.
The project not only sources food locally, but also services such as; workplace training, civil construction, transportation and logistics, as well as operations and maintenance technicians, offering additional opportunities to local organisations to grow and develop their businesses.
Page explained “we’re proud to be making a difference in regional communities by supporting local businesses, and in the process provide our hard working teams with the highest quality goods and services”.
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