BMA Local Buying Program eNewsletter: October 2014

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Inside this issue....

  1. BMA Local Buying Program - Quarterly Report September 2014
  2. BMA Local Buying Program - Training continues at BMA Caval Ridge Mine
  3. BMA welcomes Hay Point Coal Terminal into the BMA Local Buying Program 
  4. Local Buying Community Foundation - Quarterly Report September 2014
  5. Building Sustainable Business Communities - Blackwater Networking Event
  6. 2014 Qld Small Business Week - Wrap Up
  7. Linking SME's to Success in Nebo
  8. C-Res / BMA Local Buying Program - NEW Updates
  9. How to connect with your Bowen Basin Business Communities


Upcoming Events

29 October 2014
Marketing, Social Media and Email Newsletters NEBO (click here for flyer and registration details).
6 November 2014
MTA E-Directory Official Launch - MORANBA (click here for details).
12 November 2014
Tendering for Government Workshops NEBO (click here for flyer and registration details).
11 December 2014
Local Buying Community Foundation Networking Event.  DYSART (Venue Dysart SHS Trade Training Centre, 5.00pm to 7.00pm)

Important Dates

28 November 2014 - CF funding Round closes
27 February 2015 - CF funding Round closes
29 May 2015 - CF funding Round closes
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BMA Local Buying Program - Quarterly Report September 2014

The BMA Local Buying Program (BLBP) continues to provide opportunities for small businesses from Blackwater, Capella, Dysart, Emerald, Moranbah, and Nebo to competitively supply goods and services to BMA and BMC.  Since the program commenced in July 2012, progress has included (as at end September 2014):
  • over 390 approved C-Res / BLBP Suppliers 
  • over 3,400 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 -  $40M
  • over $500,000 has been allocated to the Local Buying Community Foundation
To view the BMA Local Buying Program Quarterly Report  - click here.

BMA Local Buying Program - Training continues at
BMA Caval Ridge Mine

Following the recent successful opening of BMA's Caval Ridge Mine by The Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia, training was conducted at site over two days for BMA employees on the BMA Local Buying Program by Suzanne Mitchell (BMA, Specialist, Local Content) and Tracey Cuttriss-Smith (C-Res, Manager).   The Program is a great tool for BMA employees at BMA's Caval Ridge and Daunia Mines to support local businesses in the communities surrounding these operations.

BMA Welcomes Hay Point Coal Terminal Into the
BMA Local Buying Program

BMA and C-Res are very pleased to announce that from 17 November, local suppliers in the Mackay Region will be able to register for the BMA Local Buying Program and have opportunities to provide goods or services as required by BMA Hay Point Coal Terminal.  The release of this next phase of the Program will enable these suppliers to participate in the program if they meet the eligibility criteria.   There will be NO change to the program in the Bowen Basin.  Only approved suppliers in the eligible Bowen Basin communities (Blackwater, Capella, Dysart, Emerald, Moranbah and Nebo) will be able to supply to BMA / BMC Bowen Basin operations.  Information sessions for local businesses will be held in the following locations:

  • Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre - 18 November: 7.00am to 8.00am OR 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Sarina RSL - 19 November: 7.00am to 8.00am OR 10.00am to 11.00am
To register your interest to attend one of these information sessions, please email

Local Buying Community Foundation - Quarterly Report September 2014

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’s operational footprint and the broader Bowen Basin region. Through programs and initiatives that target local business training and development the Foundation is assisting to build and develop local capacity.  For all approved transactions processed through the Local Buying Program, BMA makes 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 September 2014, the Community Foundation deliverables include:
  • Total funds contributed to the Community Foundation Trust - over $500,000
  • 31 approved projects and or initiatives delivered across the region with funding of over $300,000 allocated to deliver these initiatives
To view the Local Buying Community Foundation Quarterly Report September 2014  - click here.
To view the Local Buying Community Foundation July 2014 - June 2015 Information Flyer  - click here.
The next funding round closes on 28 November.
Click here to access Local Buying Community Foundation Funding Information

Building Sustainable Business Communities - Blackwater Networking Event

The Local Buying Community Foundation hosts small business, community and industry workshops and networking events across the Bowen Basin.  In 2014, the Foundation facilitated full day workshops in both Emerald (in March) and Moranbah (in June) with networking events following the workshops.  The Community Foundation has also supported the delivery of over 50 workshops across communities in Isaac and Central Highlands region.  In September, a well attended Networking Event was held at the Blackwater International Coal Centre with presentations by Vincent Cosgrove (BMA, Head of External Affairs), Frans Knox (BMA, General Manager, Blackwater Mine - pictured) and Suzanne Mitchell (BMA, Specialist, Local Content).
The next 'Small Business and Industry Networking Event' will be held in DYSART on 11 December 2014. 

2014 Qld Small Business Week - Wrap Up

The 2014 Qld Small Business week celebrates the outstanding contribution small business makes to our economy and local communities. This year the celebrations saw a flurry of educational and entertaining workshops take place across the Isaac and Central Highlands regions with subjects such as Customer Service, Business Development, Tendering for Industry, Marketing and Managing Risk.  The events were a fantastic collaboration between Isaac Regional Council, Central Highlands Development Corporation, Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning, BMA and the Local Buying Community Foundation, with support from TM3 Training Solutions, KPMG, Rockhampton Enterprise Centre, MTA and more.  This year saw the seed being planted for future business education and training activities across the regions.  (Left photo - participants at a workshop in Moranbah.  Right photo - Suzanne Mitchell (BMA) presenting a workshop in Emerald).

Linking SME's to Success in Nebo

The Local Buying Community Foundation has funded a series of 8 Workshops in Nebo tailored to meet the needs of Small Businesses in that area.  Workshop details were determined by surveying local businesses seeking feedback on topics, delivery time and registration fees that would suit the needs of local businesses.  Topics have included, Training in MYOB and Quick Books, Building Websites and Business Planning.  The last workshop of the series will be held on Wednesday 12 November with the topic being Tendering for Government Work, with information that can easily be adapted for non-government tenders.    As a part of the Workshop program there are Small Business Support Packages available that provide one on one support.  To be eligible businesses must attend at least one of the workshops. For further information regarding the workshop or Support Packages  please contact Melissa Westcott, TM3 Training Solutions email:

C-Res / BMA Local Buying Program - NEW Updates

Sole Source Deactivation:  As of 1 July 2014, BMA, as part of our local content strategy for full, fair and reasonable opportunities to our local suppliers commenced trialing sole source deactivations for all categories (except Catering). The deactivation of the sole source function is targeted at increasing the Request For Quote (RFQ) opportunities available to suppliers registered with the program. BMA/BMC users may still request to Sole Source suppliers if required by contacting the C-Res Office on 1800 536 663 or

Quote Due Date and TimeAll quotes must be received by C-Res through the website by 3.30pm on the quote due date.  No quotes will be accepted after this time to ensure a full and fair process for all suppliers.  If suppliers are having issues with quoting via the website, they must contact the office prior to 3.30pm

Mandatory Documentation:
It is the responsibility of businesses registered with C-Res to provide current copies of all insurances and lease agreements on expiry of previous documentation submitted.  If mandatory registration requirements lapses, then businesses will have their registration temporarily disabled until C-Res receives and verifies current documentation.  Mandatory documentation includes  Workers Compensation, Public Liability and Rental Lease Agreements (if applicable).  Please take note of the automated email sent by C-Res reminding when documents are due to expire to assist with ensuring your account is valid.  Suppliers can now upload their own insurance documents in 'My Details' in their workspace.

Requesting More Information on Work Instructions:
If you require further information on a WI to enable a quality response to be provided, please select the action 'More Information Required' which goes to the C-Res Office for actioning.  Please provide as much detail as possible and as soon as possible so that the information can be provided via an updated Work Instruction in a timely manner.  Alternatively, suppliers can ring the C-Res Office if urgent.
BMA and C-Res are committed to continually improving the BMA Local Buying Program and encourages feedback from all users (Suppliers, BMA / BMC).  All feedback can be given direct to C-Res on or 1800 536 663.

How to connect with your Bowen Basin Business Communities

Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) provides fortnightly snap shots on what is happening across the Central Highlands including upcoming workshops and events.  They also provide weekly emails regarding current tenders in the Fitzroy Central region through 'Tap into Tenders'.  To register to receive these updates visit

Dysart Business Group Inc is a newly established business group in Dysart aimed at creating a network of businesses operating in the Dysart Community.  They are currently updating the Dysart Community Support Group website sponsored by the Local Buying Community Foundation to include a business directory.  If interested in providing a business profile for this directory, email

Moranbah Traders Association (MTA) are committed to supporting small and medium business across the Moranbah region in order for them to reach their potential, this is achieved through a range of networking events, presentations and training opportunities,  MTA provides the voice and advocacy for its local members at both state and federal level.  Contact: Melissa Westcott, Growth and Resilience Co-ordinator, ph: 0428180421, email:

Nebo Community Development Group (NCDG) is a group of locals dedicated to the economic development of the Nebo Community and provides a forum for discussion of current happenings and sharing of ideas.  The group aims to support businesses by hosting regular functions providing relevant guest speakers and a chance to network and with other business holders. Contact: Sonia Bennett, Secretary Ph 4950 5102 email 

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