BMA Local Buying Program eNews - July 2015                                                              (click here to view in browser)

Inside this issue....

  1. BMA Local Buying Program celebrates 3 years!
  2. Online Survey - Have your say on the BMA Local Buying Program
  3. C-Res Welcomes Emma Stitt, BMA Local Content Specialist
  4. Payment Terms: BMA Local Buying Program and BMA Vendors
  5. Local Buying Community Foundation Update
  6. New Director for C-Res Appointed
  7. Accessing Supply Chain Opportunities -Emerald & Moranbah
  8. Local Buying Community Foundation update to the Emerald Community
  9. Keep up to date - Join C-Res on LinkedIn
Important Dates
 28 August 2015 - CF funding Round closes
27 November 2015 - CF funding Round closes


Upcoming Events

10 September 2015
Building Sustainable Business Communities  Networking Event– DYSART, 5.30-7.30pm (click here for details)

15 – 17 September 2015
Accessing Supply Chain Opportunities (ASCO)
MORANBAH (Details to be advised).

11 October 2015
Central Highlands Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner - EMERALD  (click here for details)

November 2015
Building Sustainable Business Communities Networking Event– MACKAY (Details to be advised).

10 December 2015
Building Sustainable Business Communities  Networking Event– BLACKWATER (Details to be advised).
Click here to visit the Website

BMA Local Buying Program celebrates 3 years!

The BMA Local Buying Program (BLBP) continues to provide opportunities for small businesses from Blackwater, Capella, Dysart, Emerald, Moranbah, and Nebo in the Bowen Basin and now businesses in the Mackay Region to competitively supply goods and services to BMA and BMC.  Since the program commenced in July 2012, progress after 3 years includes (as at end June 2015):
  • 660+ approved C-Res / BLBP Suppliers 
  • 4,800+ work opportunities have been made available to local businesses
  • average payment of 11 days from supplier claim to payment
  • total approved spend awarded to local businesses -  in excess of $50M
  • $660,000+ has been allocated to the Local Buying Community Foundation
 BMA, BMC and C-Res will in the near future be releasing a comprehensive report covering the last three years.  This report will be available on the C-Res / BMA Local Buying Program website.

Online Survey - Have your say on the BMA Local Buying Program
 CLOSES: 5pm Friday 24 July

Click here to complete Survey

To ensure BMA, BMC and C-Res continue to improve and understand the impact of the program, the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) has been commissioned to conduct extensive research on our behalf. Below is the link to the online survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete and closes on 24 July 2015.

Click here for the BMA Local Buying Program Online Survey

Your thoughts and input into the program are very important to us. Even if you have not used the program directly, we are still interested to obtain your feedback about the impact on the community and perceptions of the project partners, BMA, BMC and C-Res.

The survey is confidential, and your responses will not be able to be identified.

If you would like more information regarding this survey please contact,

* Tracey Cuttriss-Smith, C-Res Manager, 
* Emma Stitt, Specialist-Local Content, BMA, 
* Himesha Jayasinghe, ACCSR, 

BMA, BMC and C-Res are committed to the long term success of the BMA Local Buying Program and your feedback plays an important role in that success.

Thank you in advance for your time and input.


C-Res welcomes Emma Stitt, BMA Local Content Specialist

On 1 June Emma Stitt began her new role as BMA Local Content Specialist, with a key responsibility of the role managing the BMA Local Buying Program on behalf of BMA and BMC.  The team at C-Res welcome Emma’s appointment and are looking forward to working with her to further grow the BMA Local Buying Program. 

Emma joined BMA as a member of the Purchasing team in 2011 after completing her Bachelor of Business and she quickly progressed to a leadership role.  Emma’s most recent role within Supply has been that of Specialist Category Management within the Offsite Repairs portfolio.  Emma’s strong Supply background across both Purchasing and Categories, along with her ongoing postgraduate study in a Master of Supply Network Management has her well positioned to manage our Local Buying Program and associated Business community engagement. 

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with BMA and BMC sites, as well as C-Res and key stakeholders to further increase the engagement with and utilisation of the Local Buying Program across the Bowen Basin and in the Mackay Local Government area" was Emma's response when asked about her new role. 

If you have any questions for Emma relating to the BMA Local Buying Program, Emma can be contacted via

Payment Terms
BMA Local Buying Program and BMA Vendors

BMA Vendors were recently advised by BMA Supply that standard payment terms with all vendors engaged directly with BMA sites will be changing from 30 to 60 days.
Please be aware that this change does not impact suppliers who are engaged to provide goods or services to BMA and BMC through the Local Buying Program.
Payment terms for Local Buying Program suppliers remain unchanged at their current rate of 21 days from submitting a claim.
In fact, current payment terms are averaging just 11 days from submitting a claim on over 7,000 payments made in the last three years – and BMA, BMC and C-Res are committed to continuing this.
If you currently service a BMA or BMC site directly as a vendor – in addition to being a Local Buying Program supplier – please check with your site contact for any changes that may impact you.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the C-Res Office on 1800 536 663 or

Local Buying Community Foundation Update

The Local Buying Community Foundation is a critical element of the BMA Local Buying Program.  The Foundation aims to support economic development and sustainability of communities within BMA and BMC’s communities of interest. Through programs and initiatives that target local business training and development, the Foundation is assisting to build and develop local business capability and capacity.  For all approved transactions processed through the Local Buying Program, BMA and BMC make a financial contribution to the Community Foundation, supporting continuous investment in the region.  The key areas of focus for the Foundation include:

  1. Building Sustainable Futures (BSF)
  2. Building Sustainable Business Communities (BSBC)
At the end of June 2015, the Community Foundation deliverables include:
  • Total funds contributed to the Community Foundation Trustin excess of $660,000
  • 39 approved projects and or initiatives delivered across Central Highlands and Isaac regions with funding of over $340,000 allocated to these initiatives
In June the Foundations Advisory Committee met and approved funding for the following applications from Round 2, 2015.
  • Moranbah Education and Careers Expo (2015)
  • Bowen Basin Business Development Strategy - Marketing and Promotion
For further information regarding these projects, the Community Foundation or funding applications please contact  or visit


The Local Buying Community Foundation will in the near future be releasing a comprehensive report covering the last three years.  This report will be available on the C-Res / BMA Local Buying Program website.

The next funding round closes on 28 August, 2015.

New Director for C-Res Appointed

Melissa Westcott of TM3 Training Solutions, Big on Shoes, Moranbah Blooms and Events and Minto Fresh Farming was appointed as an additional Director of C-Res after careful review and consideration of all submitted expressions of interest for the advertised position.

Melissa brings to the role extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of business management, business development, project and finance management and a grass roots understanding of business communities.   Melissa is well known member of the Moranbah Community who has lived in the community for 13 years with husband Toby and her 3 sons.  She is an active member of the community and is not only the Director of her own businesses but is the President of the Moranbah State School P&C and a Director of Moranbah Early Learning Centre.

The Directors and staff of C-Res congratulate Melissa on her appointment and welcome her to the team.

Accessing Supply Chain Opportunities
Emerald & Moranbah

BMA in partnership with Department of State Development (DSD) delivered the Accessing Supply Chain Opportunities (ASCO) program in Emerald in May.  Over a period of 3 days 22 business owners and representatives were able to engage with a range of DSD and BMA specialists and discuss in detail how to position their business in the current economic climate and how to engage with BMA through the tender process to maximise the likelihood of successful outcomes.  

The program is being run in Moranbah in 15-17 September.  For further information and registration details plea
se contact Richard Mills Department of State Development

Local Buying Community Foundation
Update to the Emerald Community

The Local Buying Community Foundation Networking event on 11 June provided local business owners the opportunity to engage with key BMA representatives in learning more about current market conditions, BMA Gregory Crinum Mine and the BMA Local Buying Program. 
Attendees also had the opportunity to network with other local businesses as well as BMA employees and supply representatives. “It is immensely valuable for small business owners to have an opportunity to speak to and ask questions of key BMA representatives, including BMA’s Head of Supply” stated Bronwyn Reid, Mining for Business owner, who attended the event.
“In the current economic climate, networking events like these continue to provide an informal environment to engage with those fundamental to building stronger business to business relationships”.
This was a free event funded by the Local Buying Community Foundation, an initiative of the BMA Local Buying Program.
In conjunction with the Networking Event a series of subsidised business development workshops were also held over the two days. 
Melissa Westcott of TM3 Training Solutions presented two workshops and a tutorial session on website development and the importance of an online presence for the evolution of your brand.
Bronwyn Reid of Mining for Business partnered with the Department of State Development and BMA to present: “You’ve won the Tender: Now What” Understanding Project Management.  Following the workshop participants had the opportunity to book a 1 hour mentoring session with the workshops presenters.

Keep up to date - join C-Res on LinkedIn!

C-Res is now connected on LinkedIn!  To receive regular updates on C-Res, the BMA Local Buying Program, the Local Buying Community Foundation and any business development activities -  CONNECT NOW!

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