SOME businesses believe they are being overlooked by Fairfield Council during the decision-making process for tenders.
Cr Ninos Khoshaba said he had received representations from local business owners who had expressed their concerns. He said he had received representations from businesses asking why they weren't being considered, despite being local, contributing to the community, with competitive prices and employing locals.
"Council spends a significant amount of money by engaging outside companies to do repairs, printing, maintenance, construction, cleaning, legal and other several services every year," Cr Khoshaba said.
"We spend several millions of dollars on contracts, so if someone is based in the local area, then give them the contract. It will give them a head start.
"I believe Fairfield Council should be engaging local business wherever possible and sending a strong message by supporting small, medium and large business in the area."
Mr Khoshaba asked the council for a detailed report on tender requirements, and how they could be improved to ensure local businesses were given extra credits when applications were determined.
The council should provide the report to the services committee this month.