When investing and making a meaningful contribution to our first nation’s people connected to the regions where BHP and C-Res operates, The Local Buying Program means business – literally.
Our asset footprints across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia are among some of the most prolific and sacred indigenous locations in the country.
As such, the respect and homage paid by the LBP to our first nation’s people represents real and tangible opportunities for the areas’ Traditional Owner and Indigenous Business (TOIB) operators.
C-Res Business Development (BD) Manager, John Aurisch said the representation by TOIB businesses on the program had increased to the point where the organisation was in the final stages of recruiting an Indigenous Business BD Principal (IBDP).
“Indigenous and Traditional Owner businesses are strongly represented in the communities where we operate and as such, our representation at an organisational level reflects that,” Mr Aurisch said.
“There is some very impressive innovation and creativity in our regions as we all know, and Indigenous businesses are in the thick of that, but we need to be sure they are seen and heard, and given every opportunity to show their skill, capacity and capability.”
C-Res CEO Tracey Cuttriss-Smith said creating the new IBDP role C-Res, BHP and the Local Buying Program represented a logical and obvious next step in the growth and development of the program.
“We operate – and deliver the LBP – in regions where the opportunities presented by Traditional Owner and Indigenous Businesses are almost endless,” Ms Cuttriss-Smith said.
“From coffee beans to the reconditioning of machinery and components; Cultural and ceremonial facilitation to heavy equipment solutions – there are some incredible innovations and services to be tapped into.
“It’s our job then, through the program, to connect these small businesses with BHP – just as we offer that to every other small business in our LBP footprints.”
Mr Aurisch said the appointment of the new IBDP is expected by early August.