Gladstone Regional Council & Ors

Summary

On 17 November 2021, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) received an application for authorisation from Gladstone Regional Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Livingstone Shire Council, Central Highlands Regional Council and Banana Shire Council (together, the Applicants). The Applicants are seeking authorisation until 30 January 2041 for 19 years to engage in collective procurement of recyclable processing services, including for:

  • the collection of all recyclable waste from each of the Applicants nominated transfer locations, which may include transfer stations and waste management facilities or another innovative alternative (some of the Applicants may not require this service);
  • the transport of the recyclable waste from the nominated transfer location to the Material Recovery Facility or another innovative alternative (some of the Applicants may not require this service);
  • the storage and sorting of all recyclable waste; and
  • the subsequent processing, transport, marketing and sale of recyclable waste and disposal of any waste which is not recyclable waste.

On 21 October 2020 the ACCC granted authorisation to Gladstone Regional Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Livingstone Shire Council and Central Highlands Regional Council to jointly procure the recycling services of Kriaris Transport Pty Ltd (Kriaris) until 31 December 2023 (AA1000524-1). The Applicants are now seeking authorisation to commence a competitive procurement process for a longer period of time.

The Applicants have also requested interim authorisation to allow them to engage in joint procurement processes prior to the ACCC’s final determination in relation to the substantive application for authorisation.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

17 November 2021

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

24 November 2021

Public consultation process begins.

15 December 2021

Closing date for submissions from interested parties

February 2022

ACCC decision regarding interim authorisation and draft determination.

February/March 2022

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

April 2022

Final determination. 

Applicant(s)

  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Banana Shire Council
  • Livingstone Shire Council

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000588-1

Applications

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Consultations