Many small, local and Indigenous businesses which operate within the BMA footprint do not provide goods and services that are in usual demand for coal production and coal terminal sites.
The BMA Local Buying Program Voucher Initiative, designed as a staff benefit and rewards program, opens alternative opportunities for small businesses to supply to BMA. The Hay Point Shopping Centre is a vital community connection point in the small hamlet of Hay Point. Two businesses operating here, Coastal News and Gifts and Inner Labyrinth, have experienced increased business visibility/awareness, resulting in higher customer traffic due to their inclusion in the voucher initiative. BMA staff visiting the stores to redeem vouchers provides an important additional revenue stream for local businesses, supplementing their existing daily revenue.
In November alone, four sites created eight voucher Work Instructions which resulted in 62 small, local and Indigenous businesses accessing work with BMA/BHP. The relationship between sites and their local communities is contributing considerable social value within the BMA operational footprint.
“C-Res is connecting local suppliers with the Local Buying Program which is key to Hay Point Coal Terminal’s commitment to small business value creation in our local communities.”
Cheryl Reagan – Executive Assistant, BMA Hay Point Coal Terminal.