Citywide was awarded a parks and open space maintenance services contract in 2007 after an open, normal, legal, tender process. They won because they provided the best value for city ratepayers and met all tender requirements.
Nine out of 10 Councillors endorsed the tender including Cr Mallard.
Citywide employ local staff to carry out the work and provide services to a number of Councils and Government authorities across NSW, ACT and Victoria.
City ratepayers don't expect Council to pay more for services just because of where a head office is located.
This is nothing newâ€”many organisations have head offices interstate but carry out local work with local staff and many organisations conduct tenders for various services and assess them on price, record and delivery excellence.
When assessing tenders a primary concern is ensuring value for money for ratepayers and selecting the best service provider.
Citywide is an independent company with its own legal entity. These large civil infrastructure and open space service providers often operate on a national basis.
Under the Department of Local Government guidelines, all private entities are entitled to tender for any City of Sydney services.