The company awarded with the Hinchinbrook Business Resilience Project contract has met the criteria set out under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP).
Mayor Ramon Jayo said that Council was confident the program, headed up by newly appointed Councillor Andrew Cripps, would have a positive impact on local business.
“Mr Cripps’ company, Front Row Advisory Services lodged an impressive submission that Council received for the project.”
Council Chief Executive Officer Alan Rayment confirmed that Council endorsed Front Row Advisory Services as the successful contractor, on 25 September 2018, prior to Mr Cripps being elected as Councillor in October 2018.
“Subsequent to becoming elected, it was important for Council to be proactive in assessing and obtaining advice to ensure it was appropriate for Mr Cripps to carry out his role as Councillor while undertaking the contract obligations for the Hinchinbrook Business Resilience Project,” Mr Rayment said.
“Hinchinbrook Shire Council is an open and transparent council which is why we are more than happy to declare this matter publicly.”
Mr Cripps said Front Row Advisory Services would be collaborating with industry groups, local businesses, relevant government agencies and the Hinchinbrook Shire Council to develop and deliver the project.