About the Partners

A strategic partnership for regional economic development

The Local Buying Program is delivered through a strategic partnership between BHP, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC) and C-Res, a cost-neutral organisation. Jointly, BHP and C-Res have created and delivered the Local Buying Program which supports regional economic development of the communities in which BHP, BMA and BMC operate. This partnership spans all of BHP Minerals Australia core assets, including Queensland Coal (BMA and BMC) in Queensland, NSW Energy Coal in New South Wales, Western Australia Iron Ore in Western Australia and Olympic Dam in South Australia.


BHP is a world leading producer of major commodities including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium. In Australia, BHP has four core Minerals assets: Western Australia Iron Ore, Queensland Coal (BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal), New South Wales Energy Coal and Olympic Dam in South Australia. BHP has a proud history of economic contribution and investment in the communities and local businesses where we operate.

Recognising that it can often be challenging for smaller businesses to engage as a supplier of BHP, the Local Buying Program makes it easier for business owners to competitively bid for supply opportunities. BHP’s partnership with C-Res ensures that the Program continues to remain true to its original values and principles and delivers genuine outcomes for local regions.

For more information on BHP visit – www.bhp.com

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) is Australia’s largest exporter of seaborne metallurgical coal. BMA was formed in 2001 as a partnership between BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd.

BMA operations provide significant benefits to local communities, to the broader Central Queensland region and to the economic development of Queensland. BMA is one of the largest employers in the region.

For more information visit – www.bhp.com

BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC)

BMC operates two mines in the Bowen Basin: Poitrel Mine and South Walker Creek Mine. Poitrel Mine is situated south-east of the town of Moranbah and began open-cut operations in October 2006.

BMC officially joined the Local Buying Program in May 2013 at a launch held in Nebo.

For more information visit – www.bhp.com


C-Res was first established in 2012 to deliver the Local Buying Program in Queensland for BMA. Since then the Local Buying Program’s continuing success has seen it expand to all BHP Minerals Australia core assets.

C-Res has dedicated Business Engagement Advisors and partners located throughout the regions who are responsible for the ongoing support, engagement and mentoring of Suppliers registered with the Program. C-Res also have experienced Program Administrators to manage all transactional activities through the Program.

For more information view C-RES – The journey so far.