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News, News News! - March 2017 
Local Buying Program Service Fee Reduced / $100M for Local Businesses / and more

Inside this issue....

  1. Local Buying Program service fee reduced
  2. Over $100M in work packages for local businesses  
  3.  2017 Australia Day Awards
  4. Supporting Business excellence in Queensland and New South Wales in 2017
  5. What's happening? Queensland Local Buying Foundation in 2017 
  6. Local Buying Foundation Queensland Project Officer 
  7. Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative (BBBDI)
Important Dates:

Local Buying Program service fee reduced  

The variable service fee has been reduced as a direct result of consistently increasing utilisation of the Local Buying Program (LBP).  This increased utilisation of the LBP has been demonstrated through significant growth in the number of Work Instructions created, approved spend and actual spend.  

The variable service fee is split between the operating costs of C-Res (a cost-neutral entity) and the Local Buying Foundations in Queensland and New South Wales.     

The reduction of the variable service fee results in direct saving for all BHP Billiton (BHPB), BMA and BMC employees who use the LBP across both Queensland and New South Wales. The fee is automatically added to all quotes received via the LBP and no action is required by BHPB, BMA or BMC employees to take advantage of the savings.  

Below Left: Gift Vouchers issued through the LBP have given local businesses a boost
Below Right: New South Wales businesses benefiting from the LBP  

Over $100M in work packages for local businesses!  

The Local Buying Program (LBP) has delivered over $100M in work packages for local businesses in the Central Highlands, Isaac and Mackay regions in Queensland and the Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter shires in New South Wales.

Key Numbers (as at 30 December, 2016) 
  • 808 -  Business approved to supply via the LBP 
  • 1,123 - BHP Billiton/BMA & BMC employees registered to use the LBP
  • 11,288 - Work Opportunties issused to businesses 
  • $101,737,257 - Approved spend via the LBP since inception
The Queensland Local Buying Foundation has received over $1.2 million since 2012 as a direct result of these transactions in the LBP in Queensland.  In New South Wales the Local Buying Foundation is in the process of being established. The aim of both Foundations is to build business capability and capacity in the regions eligible to participate the LBP.  

See more facts and figures

Local business community members acknowledged in Australia Day Awards 

Congratulations to all Australia Day award recipients and nominees for the 2017 Awards across the Central Highlands, Isaac and Mackay regions in Queensland and the Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter and Singleton shires in New South Wales.

A special mention to the following award recipients and members of the business community who were recognised by their respective local councils for their contributions to their communities.   

Andrew Birch - Mackay’s Citizen of the Year Andrew Birch is at the forefront of Absolute Enterprises but his community work behind the scenes has been largely unheralded.  Read more

Richelle Toshack - The Isaac Councils Mayor's Award recipient for Dysart. Richelle has gone above and beyond in her role as Dysart’s Community Development Officer.   She has been a member of several committees including the Dysart Business Group.  Read more  

Supporting Business Excellence in Queensland and New South Wales in 2017

The significance of local business awards in celebrating and promoting the capability and capacity of local business communities has been long recognised by BHP Billiton and C-Res through the Local Buying Program and Local Buying Foundation (LBF).  

In Queensland, the LBF will be supporting the Moranbah Traders Association Business Excellence Awards, Central Highlands Business Excellence Awards and the and Resource Industry Network Chairman's Awards.  

In New South Wales, BHP Billiton in partnership with C-Res will be supporting the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Awards and the Singleton Business Chamber Outstanding Business Awards.  

What's happening? Queensland Local Buying Foundation in 2017 

The use of the Local Buying Program in Queensland by BMA and BMC is enabling the Local Buying Foundation (LBF) in Queensland to support more initiatives, events and projects in 2017 than ever before. All funded initiatives, events and projects must meet the priority areas of the Foundation and build capability and capacity of the business communities across the Central Highlands, Isaac and Mackay regions. 

Upcoming Initiatives, events and organisations being supported by the LBF in Queensland 2017 include: 
  • Love Your Local Campaign - Isaac Regional Council - All year - Isaac Region 
  • Focal Point Coaching -  Central Highlands Development Corporation - March to October - Emerald
  • Accounting and Finance Workshops -  TM3 Training Solutions - 7-9 March - Mackay & Moranbah 
  • Future Food and Fibre Conference -Central Highlands Regional Resources Use Planning - 16-17 March - Capella 
  • RIN Safety Conference - Resource Industry Network - 24 March - Mackay
  • BBMC Luncheon - Bowen Basin Mining Club - 30 March - Moranbah 
  • RIN Chairman's Awards - Resource Industry Network - 12 May - Mackay 
  • MTA Business Awards - Moranbah Traders Association - 20 May - Moranbah
  • Qld Small Business Week - Central Highlands Development Corporation, Isaac Regional Council & Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce - 15 -20 May - Central Highlands, Isaac & Mackay
  • CH Business Excellence Awards - Central Highlands Development Corporation - 28 October - Emerald 

With submissions for Funding Round for 2017 being evaluated right now it is time to start planning submissions for Funding Round 2 which will close on Friday 26 May, 2017. 

For information on the LBF including funding applications visit

LBF supported events that have been already taken place in 2017 (below): 
Left: Bowen Basin Mining Club Luncheon, Guest Speaker Sundeep Singh, Vice President of Supply, Minerals Australia, BHP Billiton 
Right: Resource Industry Network, Innovations Showcase  see more 
Bottom: Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce, Bigger Better Stronger Conference (image from Daily Mercury) see more

Queensland Local Buying Foundation Project Officer 

C-Res and the Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee (LBFAC) are pleased to announce that the recently advertised Local Buying Foundation (LBF) Project Officer position has been filled and will be announced shortly.  

The LBFAC would like to thank all applicants for their interest in the new position that was advertised across the regions that the Foundation supports.  Over 30 applications of an extremely high calibre were received for the position.

The Project Officer will support C-Res and the Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee in their governance of the LBF and support the development and implementation of projects and initiatives that meet the aims of the Foundation.   

More about the Local Buying Foundation 

Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative 

The Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative (BBBDI) is designed to provide a strategic and structured approach to regional business development in Central Highlands and Isaac regions in Qld through the sharing of resources and capabilities.  It recognises that regional business and economic development only occurs when stakeholders work together to combine and leverage resources providing wide spread benefits for local businesses.
An essential component of the BBBDI is the registration of business development activities (workshops, networking events, seminars, conferences, business awards) being held in the Bowen Basin in an online calendar accessible by all key stakeholders.  This ensures all activities meet the needs of local businesses, are delivered in consultation with local stakeholders (business groups, economic bodies, councils), and align with the principles of the strategy
The BBBDI Strategy is due for review and the Steering Committee will soon be calling on stakeholders to have their say for the 2017 to 2018 update.
If you would like more information on the BBBDI or to access the online calendar and view or log upcoming activities, please visit or email

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