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Furious agent calls on government agencies not to use locals for auctions | Queensland country life

Decisions by state and local governments to use out-of-town agents to hold auctions in rural communities have been questioned.

Independent marketer Chris Norris’ furious comment follows the Queensland Government’s use of an out-of-town machinery auction specialist to dispose of assets and livestock owned by the former Queensland Agricultural Training Corporation.

Tomkins Valuers and Auctioneers, based in Rockhampton, has been contracted to sell both the horses and the machinery and other items based at Emerald and Longreach colleges.

On the company’s website, it says its main customers are the federal government, state governments, local councils, fleet and rental companies, insurance companies, financial institutions, banks and private entities.

Mr Norris said none of Emerald’s eight or more local agents had been given the opportunity to bid for the work.

“Despite all the agents and auctioneers in the area where the disposal of the assets took place, they were not even given the opportunity to bid or even be notified that the auction of the assets was taking place,” said he declared.

“Once again, the rural sector in the cities, somewhat struggling after the prolonged drought, is being screwed over by the fact that none of the income is staying in the local area.”

A DAF spokesman said it used the government’s current standard offer agreement, which lists auction houses specializing in machinery and general plant and equipment, for Emerald and Longreach offset sales.

“DAF has invited the five SOA auction companies to submit expressions of interest to meet the criteria,” the spokesperson said.

“Due to COVID, an auction house with extensive online capabilities was needed.

“Rockhampton-based auctioneers Tompkins passed the transparent selection process.”

The spokesperson added that local suppliers should deal with QTenders, which is administered by the Department of Energy and Works.

The response was dismissed by Mr Norris, who described it as a standard line used by government and councils.

“Because local agents don’t have a Local Buy account or a Tenders.net account, they don’t see them unless they physically look at them every day,” he said.

“In my opinion, tenders should be published in local newspapers.

“I’m all for local support, and it’s time for this government outsourcing to stop.”

He also questioned the meaning of hiring an auction house specializing in equipment and vehicles to sell horses.

“Local agents all have access to large-audience online auction platforms,” ​​he added. “They can do it as well.”

Mr Norris said it was not sour grapes of him, saying he had enough work on his books.

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