Local Buying Program Suppliers

Local businesses who have an annual turnover of <AUD$10M and a significant physical presence in the state’s eligible regions can register to participate in the Local Buying Program in that state.

Registrations are assessed on an individual basis in alignment with the Local Buying Program eligibility criteria. Once approved, suppliers will have the ability to access and respond to work opportunities (Work Instructions) in their state as they become available.

Buyers (BHP / BMA / BMC)

BHP / BMA / BMC employees can register at any time to use the Local Buying Program for their procurement needs. Buyers will be required to validate their registrations via their BHP email. Once registered, buyers can source goods and services from Local Buying Program suppliers by raising Work Instructions.

BHP / BMA / BMC Employee Registration


WA: Local soap maker opens retail store with a difference

Images LEFT: Soap Bush Soap, Dolly Drage and Grandson in store. RIGHT: Soap Bush Soap Workshop – Tania Tucker (NCCI) being shown the products by Kelly.

Soap Bush Soap is a business with a vision doing things a little differently.

The newly-opened, Newman-based business is owned by Cheryl (Dolly) Drage, a Nyiyaparli woman living in Newman.

As a Traditional Owner and Indigenous Business, Soap Bush Soap is a store and an experience rolled into one! It caught the attention of the Local Buying Program in December, when Newman Business Development Advisor Georgie McInerney attended the business’ official opening.

Providing the community with a range of hand crafted soaps, bathbombs and scrubs, all the ingredients are natural and/or things people can find in their pantry, and they are cleverly put together to create wonderful aromas and textures while still doing the job they’re meant to: clean!

As part of the opening, Newman Chamber Of Commerce and Industry’s team were invited to see how the soaps are made with members choosing colours and fragrances and then watching Kelly (Dolly’s soapmaker) create the soap right in front of their eyes.

With plans to provide not only a retail experience, and learning space, Dolly hopes to be able to engage young people in her community to develop creative, retail and business skills under Soap Bush Soap.

While her story – and business – is exactly what stokes the enthusiasm of those involved in the Local Buying Program (and already they have registered as a supplier!), Dolly’s own personal story is compelling.

Here is what she had to say, in her own words, to our C-Res BDA, Georgie:

“My name is Cheryl (Dolly) Drage. I am a Nyiyaparli woman living in Newman, Western Australia. I am the sole owner of Soap Bush Soap. I created SBS to alleviate the after effects of my chemo.

In 2016, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. At the time I was studying at James Cook University to complete a double major in criminology & human service, however, I ended my studies to have treatment.

Since completing the six months of chemo treatment, I have had side effects and my feet and hands were numb and tingling.

I have tried almost everything to rid the pain, but nothing worked and still nothing works for me.

I began researching homemade products, initially to make creams for relief from the pain. I found recipes to make soap and with further research I found recipes for creams.

I make those products now and will eventually include traditional plants into the creams for people to use all year round. I use basic ingredients people have in their pantry.

Using the basic ingredients, I know what’s in the products and have finally had some relief, through applying the soap and creams, more as a cleanser, to apply every day.

One day I may  get some relief from the soaps and creams I make myself, using the plants and oils in a formula such as soap and creams.

The oils and plants that have been tried and tested over thousands of years and used by my people.”