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Local Buying Program eNews -  August 2016 

Inside this issue...

  1. Local Buying Program tops $1.3 million
  2. Shockwave is making waves at Mt Arthur Coal
  3. Workcover & Public Liability Compliance  
  4. Your Local Chamber of Commerce
  5. Help is Only a Phone Call Away


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 Local Buying Program tops $1.3 million  

BHP Billiton’s Local Buying Program, launched in March this year, is off to a very strong start with work packages totalling more than $1.3 million issued in just four months.

The programme is aimed at increasing the number of work opportunities for local small to medium businesses that are capable of providing a range of goods and services to BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur Coal mine.

BHP Billiton’s NSW Energy Coal Asset President, James Palmer, said the early success of the programme was pleasing and he encouraged more businesses to get involved.

“We place a strong emphasis on trying to source goods and services from the local communities in which we operate,” Mr Palmer said.

“The fact we’ve had such a strong response from the Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook and Singleton gives us every confidence this programme will continue to grow.”

A number of key outcomes have been recorded since the programme was launched:
  • Work instructions for 21 packages of work have been issued
  • The value of work issued so far is $1.36million
  • The spread of work across the region is approximately Muswellbrook (62%), Singleton (33%) and Upper Hunter (5%)
The variety of goods and services is diverse – engineering, road construction, land rehabilitation, signage/decals, stationary, and hardware.
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Shaelie Carroll, C-Res with Scott Turner of Hunter Prosigns  

SHOCKWAVE is making waves at Mt Arthur Coal

Shockwave Mining Services have secured opportunities with BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur Coal mine through the Local Buying Program and strongly encourages local businesses to participate.

“Becoming an Approved Supplier was a simple task, as the online workspace is easy to navigate and self-explanatory – well worth the short amount of time it took to register,”

“Being a small company, we must remain competitive among the other larger scale labour providers. Mr Jeske said.

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Shaelie Carroll, C-Res with AJ Jeske of Shockwave Mining Services 

Local Buying Program Suppliers requirement to
Update WorkCover & Public Liability

All approved Local Buying Program (LBP) Suppliers are required to maintain current Public Liability and WorkCover (if required by law) Insurance.  If any additional insurances or certifications are required by site for specific work, then they will be requested by LBP Users. 

Suppliers will receive both automated and personal emails from C-Res requesting updates to the insurance documentation in their C-Res/LBP workspace when either Public Liability or WorkCover insurance documentation is expiring.

When updating this information it is a great opportunity to check that all information in the registration is up to date.  In particular it is important to ensure that all relevant goods and service categories are selected. This is crucial as suppliers are only notified of opportunities in the goods and service categories selected in the registration.

For more information, please contact Shaelie Carroll on 0409 835 607 or

Your Local Chamber of Commerce

Are you a member of your Local Chamber?   Have you ever wondered "what is it all about?" and "what's in it for me?''

Some of the key benefits of joining your local chamber include: 
  • Networking opportunities
  • Exclusive member benefits
  • Being visible in your community 
  • Regular networking events featuring guest speakers
  • Educational seminars and training opportunities
  • Newsletters with an update on what's happening in your community
  • Member Directory Listing

To find out more, contact your local chamber:
Deirdra Tindale, Manager Corporate Affairs and Government Relations NSW, BHP Billiton & Shaelie Carroll, Business Engagement Advisor, C-Res presenting at the recent Singleton Business Chamber Luncheon

Help is Only a Phone Call Away!

The C-Res Program Administration Team (PAT for short) take care of all transactional processing of the Local Buying Program and are dedicated to customer service, assisting both LBP Users and Suppliers. 

If you can't find the answer to your question in the "How To" tab in your workspace, or even if you need help finding the "How to" tab the team will be happy to assist with all questions, no matter how small or large. 

For Users this includes: Questions about creating, approving & varying Work Instructions (WI's), approving claims and creating PO's 

For Suppliers this includes: Responding to WI's, creating claims and updating registration details.

Contacting the Program Administration team:
phone 1800 536 663
Back (L-R) Lea Waters-Marsh Senior Program Administrator, Debbie Porter Program Manager
Front (L-R) Alison Roberts Program Administrator, Melanie Woodman Finance/Program Administrator, Christine Ferguson Program Administrator

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