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Local Buying Program and Local Buying Foundation Qld
eNews - July 2016

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Inside this issue....

  1. Local Buying Program Sees Unprecedented Growth
    Over The Past 12 Months
  2. Promotion of Local Buying Program Suppliers
    at BMA & BMC Sites
  3. BMA Sites Rewarding Both Local Business and Employees 
  4. Over $1 Million Received by Local Buying Foundation
  5. Local Buying Foundation Goes Live
  6. Innovation, Opportunities & Partnerships 
  7. What's has Been Happening Across the Regions? 
  8. Upcoming Events - Supported by the Local Buying Foundation

Important Dates:


Upcoming Events (Supported by Local Buying Program or Local Buying Foundation) 

- 8 September 2016 
LBP Supplier Update and Information Session - MACKAY
- 25 & 26 October 2016

Investing in our Future Conference - EMERALD
- 8 Dec 2016 

LBF Business Engagement Event - DYSART

Click to view -  LBP Brochure
Click here - LBP Website

Local Buying Program Sees Unprecedented Growth
Over The Past 12 Months

The LBP continues to provide opportunities for small businesses in the Central Highlands, Isaac and Mackay local government regions to competitively supply goods and services to BMA and BMC.

The progress of the LBP can be measured by looking at the number of businesses registering to participate, the number of work opportunities made available to businesses, and the amount of approved spend going back into BHP Billiton, BMA and BMC’s host regions or shires.

From the LBP's inception in 2012 to 30 June, 2016 the Program has delivered:
  • over $77M in total approved spend to local business
  • over 8000 work opportunities (close to 4000 were created in FY 15-16)
  • over 700 approved suppliers in Qld

Promotion of Local Buying Program Suppliers
at BMA & BMC Sites

One of the methods used to promote the Local Buying Program (LBP) across BMA and BMC sites is for C-Res to regularly provide a series of LBP Supplier profiles.  These profiles are then included in site wide communications and updates. This process promotes both the LBP as well as the quality and diversity of suppliers that can be engaged via the LBP. 

Suppliers are selected from across all three regions of the LBP (Central Highlands, Isaac & Mackay), as well as covering a variety of goods and service categories.   To be eligible to be profiled a business must have a website and/or capability statement linked to their C-Res/LBP registration as information for the profile is taken from these sources.  Websites and capability statements that are linked to a C-Res/LBP registration are also easily accessed by LBP Users and information from these sources may be used in the purchasing decision making process.

Kaylene Ascough, Specialist Local Buying Program, BHP Billiton Coal Supply, says "the feedback from LBP Users regarding this process of promoting the LBP on site has been very positive.  Many LBP Users have commented on the range of high quality goods and services available locally and how simple it is to engage local businesses through the LPB."

For further information, please contact the C-Res office on 1800 536 663 or

BMA Sites Rewarding Both Local Business and Employees 

Through a range of gift vouchers local businesses and site employees across all three regions (Central Highlands, Isaac and Mackay) of the Local Buying program have benefited to the tune of over $1 Million over the past 18 months. 

The first use of these gift vouchers was in November 2014 when Peak Downs Mine issued vouchers to all employees as a Christmas thank you. Each voucher entitled the voucher holder to spend $50 at any one of the local participating businesses that were listed on the voucher.  The receiving business then claimed each voucher via the Local Buying Program with C-Res administering and monitoring the vouchers.

Since that time the gift voucher concept has been replicated more than 10 times across 5 sites and local businesses have seen:
  • over 14,000 vouchers issued
  • 190 Work Instructions raised
  • 34 Businesses engaged
  • $1 Million in approved spend
For further information, please contact the C-Res office on 1800 536 663 or

Over $1 Million received by Local Buying Foundation

The Local Buying Foundation (LBF) is as a critical element of the Local Buying Program (LBP) and a financial contribution is made for every transaction processed via LBP.  

Contributions to the LBF via the LBP now exceed $1Million.  Funds will be used 
to support the primary objective of the Foundation which is to support and deliver economic and local/regional business programs which build capacity across the Central Highlands, Isaac & Mackay regions.

Funding decisions are made by the Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee (LBFAC) to ensure that all approved funding requests support the aims of the foundation.  The committee is a representative body made up of key stakeholders from across the regions with an interest or skills and expertise in regional economic development. The committee ensures that funded projects will benefit the regions of interest and are in line with the foundation's current priority areas of:
  • Building Sustainable Business Futures
  • Building Sustainable Business Communities

Since inception in 2012 to 30 June, 2016 LBF has:
  • received over $1 Million total funds contributed to the Local Buying Foundation Trust
  • approved 50 projects and or initiatives delivered across Central Highlands, Isaac and Mackay regions
  • allocated over $450,000 to these initiatives

For further information regarding the LBF contact or visit

Local Buying Foundation Goes Live

The Local Buying Foundation (LBF) is proud to launch a dedicated website for the LBF which will provide a central information sharing hub for all stakeholders of the LBF. The development of the site is a direct result of the increasing size of, and interest in the aims and activities of the Foundation.

The site provides stakeholders easy access to information relating to:
  • Aims and objectives of the LBF
  • Funding types available including criteria and guidelines
  • Funding application documents
  • Updates on upcoming funded projects
  • LBF Reports
To learn more visit the site at or email
Click here - LBF Website

Innovation, Opportunities & Partnerships

Over 40 people representing small businesses from Blackwater, Capella, Dysart, Emerald and Mackay met and discussed Innovation, Opportunities and Partnerships at the business engagement event with BHP Billiton and BMA at The Capricornian in Emerald on Thursday 9 June 2016. 

The event provided businesses with an opportunity to discuss with BHP Billiton current and future information on BMA, BMC, the Local Buying Program and the Local Buying Foundation. Read More

The next Business Engagement Event to be held in conjunction with a Local Buying Program Information Session will be in Mackay on Thursday 8 September, 2016.

For more information, please contact
(L-R) Bronwyn Reid, representing Local Buying Foundation, Cr Christine Rolfe of Central Highlands Regional Council, Sonya Comisky of Pine Tree Projects and
Ali Briggs representing Local Buying Foundation
Bottom Left: (L-R) Peter Dowling, Manager Communities BHP Billiton, with Melissa Westcott, Director of C-Res and Kaylene Ascough, Specialist Local Buying Program BHP Billiton
Bottom Right: Kaylene Ascough, Local Buying Program Specialist, BHP Billiton

What's Been Happening Across The Regions? 
(Business development activities supported by the LBF)

Since the last eNews in April there have been a host of events delivered across the Central Highlands, Isaac and Mackay regions that were financially supported by the Foundation.

These events have included:
  • Qld Small Business Week events in the Central Highlands, Isaac & Mackay regions
  • Subsidised Accounting Software Workshops in Mackay & Moranbah
  • Subsidised attendance at the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course for NFP's
  • Moranbah Traders Business Excellence Awards
  • Resource Industry Network Chairman's Awards
For further information regarding these projects, the LBF or LBF funding applications please contact or visit
Top Left:
Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (Emerald)
Top Right:
Resource Industry Network Chairman’s Awards (Mackay) (L-R), Lyn Farrell, owner of Payne Prints receiving the “Connecting in the Community” award from Tracey Lenz, Senior Manager Communities, BHP Billiton Coal and Local Buying Foundation Chair
Centre: Queensland Small Business Week Workshop (Isaac)
Bottom Left:
 Moranbah Traders Association Business and Service Excellence Awards (Moranbah), (L-R) Tracey Lenz, Senior Manager, Communities, BHP Billiton Coal & Local Buying Foundation Chair, Kristy Marks, Queensland Administrator, Communities, Coal Cooperate Affairs, BHP Billiton, Trehan Stenton President Moranbah Traders Association
Bottom Right: Accounting Software Workshop (Moranbah), Kelly Watson, Next Accounting and Bronwyn Huston (Extra Storage)

Upcoming Events
Supported by the Local Buying Foundation

Investing in our Future Conference - EMERALD
25 & 26 October
Central Highlands Development Corporation 
The Central Highlands ‘Investing in our Future Conference’ will bring together speakers and stakeholders who will provide information on current and future initiatives; development and investment opportunities; and projects, products and services that will support the region’s continued growth.

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