Buyers (BHP / BMA)

BHP and BMA 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 Employee Registration

Buyers (Tier A Contractors)

Tier A Contractor 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 Tier A Contractor email. Once registered, buyers can source goods and services from Local Buying Program suppliers by raising Work Instructions.

Tier A Contractor Employee Registration

New South Wales Highlights | October – December 2018

Local Buying Program In New South Wales

Highlights for New South Wales, 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018:

  • $3,247,173 – Approved spend to local suppliers
  • 223 – Approved work opportunities created by BHP employees
  • 110 – Businesses approved to supply via the LBP
  • 14.5 – Day average payment period from receipt of invoice

See New South Wales year to date financial results here.

For more information on the Local Buying Program in New South Wales please contact  your local C-Res Business Engagement Advisor, Lisa Harpley, via email  or visit our website.

Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue

C-Res Business Engagement Advisor, Lisa Harpley and Local Buying Specialist BHP, Kristy Marks, attended the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue’s annual forum on Tuesday 20 November at Muswellbrook Race Club. The Upper Hunter Dialogue brought together local miners, community representatives, business leaders, environmental groups, regulators and other local industries to identify, discuss and address challenges and impacts of mining in the Upper Hunter.

Key topics this year were local procurement and purchasing for mining industry partners to help small and medium enterprises understand how to access opportunities in the local mining sector.

LEFT: Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue Introduction. RIGHT: Todd Kleinschafer  & Julia Nest (BHP Supply), Kristy Marks (Local Buying Specialist, BHP); Lisa Harpley (Business Engagement Advisor, C-Res).

BHP Global Supply Team Visit Local Suppliers

The Upper Hunter had a visit from Brisbane based Todd Kleinschafer and Julia Nest from the BHP Supply team, and Kristy Marks the BHP Local Buying Specialist in November. The team visited some Local Buying Program suppliers including Wear Parts Services, Custom Fluidpower and Briken Group to see how the LBP has helped their business, hear some of the challenges they are facing and see what progress they are making.

The BHP team were amazed with the quality and innovation of suppliers we have here in the Upper Hunter and suppliers enjoyed personally meeting the team from BHP and were thankful for the opportunity to be involved with the visits.

Images: BHP LBP Specialist Kristy Marks (pictured on the bottom right) and other BHP Supply team members on tour of the Upper Hunter.  BHP team members met with Wear Parts Services, Custom Fluidpower and Briken Group as part of their visit.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Campaign Using Local Supplier

When BHP buyer, Kayla Lawrence, wanted to implement the Nicotine Replacement Therapy Campaign for Mt Arthur Coal (MAC) to assist employees to quit smoking and improve their health, she was surprised to see that there was not a suitable supplier registered on the Local Buying Program to supply her with the Nicotine Replacement products she required.

Kayla reached out to Lisa Harpley, Business Engagement Advisor for the Local Buying Program in NSW, who then engaged with a local supplier Muswellbrook Priceline Pharmacy to register for the LBP so they were able to supply the products required for the Nicotine Replacement Therapy campaign.

This has provided opportunity for the local supplier, Muswellbrook Priceline Pharmacy to expand services and supply MAC with these products and support the MAC employees with their quit smoking process.

Image: Nicotine Replacement Therapy Campaign for MAC

Singleton Business Chamber Presentation 

C-Res was delighted to present alongside BHP at the Singleton Business Chamber luncheon in October 2018. NSW Business Engagement Advisor, Lisa Harpley presented an overview of the Local Buying Program and some of the wins the Program has had in the last 12 months. Lisa also spoke about the Local Buying Foundation and the current approved projects at that time.

Deirdra Tindale, BHP Corporate Affairs, spoke to the partnership BHP has with C-Res in providing the Local Buying Program along with some information on their FY2018 total economic contribution.

Image: Lisa Harpley (Business Engagement Advisor, C-Res), Sue Gilroy (Singleton Business Chamber) and Deirdra Tindale (Corporate Affairs, BHP MAC).

Upcoming Events

14 February | Singleton Business Chamber Meeting | SINGLETON

Agricultural luncheon with guest speakers Angus Street, CEO of Auctions Plus, Tony Gorey, Director of Agricultural Commodities, Commonwealth Bank. Event to be held at 11.30am at Club Singleton. Tickets available from Sticky Tickets

20 February | Singleton Women in Business | SINGLETON

Excellent for Singleton women in business to network and hear from guest speakers. More details are to come.

22-24 February | King of the Ranges | MURRURUNDI

The King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge & Bush Festival is held over the last weekend in February each year at Murrurundi NSW and this year it will be celebrating 15 years! Don’t miss Australia’s top stockmen and women participating in 4 days of action-packed events and plenty of festival fun.

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28 February | Singleton Business Chamber Special Meeting | SINGLETON

Mining update from NSW Minerals CEO Stephen Galilee. Singleton Diggers 12pm

8 March | Singleton Business Chamber Meeting | SINGLETON

International Women’s Day at Singleton Country Tennis Club

15-16 March | Upper Hunter Show | MUSWELLBROOK

The 2019 Upper Hunter Show will be packed with exciting rides and sideshow ally action for the entire family. Horse ring events, polocrosse, showtime FMX, live music, fireworks, bulls, broncs and barrels, tug-o-war, showgirl, young farmer challenge, wife carrying competition, tent pegging, whip cracking and demolition derby to name a few.

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24 March | Country Championships | MUSWELLBROOK

Muswellbrook Launched in 2015, the inaugural Country Championships proved a resounding success for the racing industry and generated unprecedented interest and coverage.

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29 March | Muswellbrook Cup | MUSWELLBROOK

The Upper Hunter’s ‘must attend’ social event in Summer is incorporated into a progressive and exciting festival in Muswellbrook in late March. The transformation of Muswellbrook Cup Day will continue to grow and invigorate the town, providing an unforgettable experience at one of the best country racing tracks in Australia. Muswellbrook Cup Day is a gazetted half-day public holiday for residents in the Muswellbrook Shire area and provides quality country racing with a relaxed summer style.

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Local Buying Foundation – Congratulations To Successful Applicants 

The Local Buying Foundation (LBF) is a critical element of the Local Buying Program. BHP make a financial contribution to the LBF for every approved LBP transaction. The aim of the LBF is to enhance the economic sustainability of regions within the operational footprint of BHP operations in New South Wales through the support of programs and initiatives that target local business training and development needs.

Congratulations to the following organisations who were successful in our most recent funding round:

  • Singleton Business Chamber – Riverside Community Training Kitchen

An Indigenous themed training cafe will be set up for hospitality students at the High School to assist with completion of practical hours to meet course requirements.  The cafe will also host a Work for the Dole training program and be utilised to cater for community events and training programs to benefit the wider community.

  • LBF Initiative – Corporate Governance Project

The LBF Initiative – Corporate Governance Project: Elevate Your Director Skills is an LBF initiative approved in November 2018 to support governance training across businesses in Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter Shires, with an aim to deliver workshops in March 2019.

The NSW Local Buying Foundation has approved funding for nine projects with $77,166 in approved funding which supports activities building the capability and capacity in the Singleton, Muswellbrook & Upper Hunter local government areas.

LBFAC Member News

Welcome to our newest Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee Member, Tony Chadwick of Singleton Shire Council. Tony joined the Foundation in November 2018 with experiences in grant and funding processes and a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the local government shire of the Singleton community.

Image – Sue Gilroy (Singleton Business Chamber), Deirdra Tindale (BHP, Corporate Affairs), Lisa Harpley (Business Engagement Advisor, C-Res), Duane Dowell (Muswellbrook Race Club) & Tony Chadwick (Singleton Shire Council).

Local Buying Foundation – Funding Round 1, 2019

Funding applications are currently being requested and close Thursday 7 February 2019.  For more information, please contact Lisa Harpley via email and to apply, please visit

LBF 2019 Meeting Funding Rounds:

Funding Rounds 2019 Applications Close LBFAC Meeting Date
Round 1 7 February 2019 28 February 2019
Round 2 26 April 2019 16 May 2019
Round 3 26 July 2019 15 August 2019
Round 4 25 October 2019 14 November 2019


Looking forward to sharing outcomes as the following supported projects roll out through 2019:

  • Upper Hunter Country Tourism Website
  • Live Work Invest Scone Stage 2
  • Upper Hunter Country: Visitors Guide 2019
  • Singleton Business Awards
  • Muswellbrook Business Awards

See What Is Happening Around Australia With LBP

October to December Highlights and Financial Year to Date Summaries of the Local Buying Program.

National Highlights

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