$300M windfall a coup for regions
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April 2019
The Nation in Focus
300 million reasons to keep it local

It's a big number - and for the Local Buying Program, it is a VERY big deal!

In March 2019, the Local Buying Program reached the milestone of $300 million in approved spend. That is $300 million in transactional business between BHP and local businesses throughout the country - in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

It’s a lot of country to cover for an organisation which started out covering only the Central Highlands and Isaac regions in Queensland, with two people only seven years ago. But as the first C-Res employees Tracey Cuttriss-Smith and Debbie Porter would tell you, every bit of hard work has been more than worth it.

National year to date results
(Click HERE for a more comprehensive roundup!)
It's all about the right connection in community
An update from C-Res CEO, Tracey Cuttriss-Smith
This quarter, BHP achieved another major milestone, with its Local Buying Program achieving $300,000,000 in approved spend to local regional businesses.

From humble beginnings in 2012, with a strategic partnership between C-Res and BMA to deliver the program to six communities in Central Queensland, the Local Buying Program – or LBP, as we call it - has grown and expanded throughout Australia. We now have BMA and BMC in Qld, Mt Arthur Coal in NSW, Olympic Dam in SA and Iron Ore in the Pilbara.

Website upgrade supports buyers and suppliers
An upgrade to the website was released in February.

This was to ensure the Local Buying Program continued to accommodate future growth and the needs of both BHP and local business engaged in the LBP across its Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia footprints.

As is so often the case with major technology upgrades, there have been some teething issues which have made their presence known.

New appointment sends just the right message
There is nothing like doing a job you really believe in. And it is that belief in C-Res, the Local Buying Program and Local Buying Foundation, that attracted newly-appointed national marketing and communications manager, Meredith Papas to the role.

Meredith loves the regions. She is a strong believer in supporting local businesses and communities and has built her career on giving regional, rural and remote communities – and the people therein – a chance to be heard.

Starting in the role in March, Meredith has had the chance to work with skilled communications officer Alison Noon, Business Development Advisers, and C-Res leaders to develop strategies to strengthen the program's profile and celebrate the many successes.
Western Australia in Focus
Local Buying Program State Highlights
Whale of a time with local How-To training
LBP Business Engagement Adviser Georgie McInerney has been showing the crew at Mt Whaleback, Newman, 'How To' with special training sessions on site in February.
Shutdown opens up accommodation contract
There is nothing like the pressing need for a solution to bring out the best in innovation and opportunity. Two LBP suppliers made the most of an urgent accommodation call.
Staff go to town on Local Buying vouchers
Tony Barber used to proclaim, 'Let's go shopping' as the prize on Sale of the Century, and now BHP is following suit with local business gift vouchers awarded to high-performing staff.
Georgie invites suppliers, buyers to Drop In
There's nothing like a good old chinwag to get to know someone. That's exactly what Georgie McInerney's Newman drop-in sessions are all about.
C-Res sponsors Newman Business Excellence Awards
The Newman Business Excellence Awards will be held on Saturday 11th May 2019 and this year, C-Res is proud to be part of the celebration as sponsors.

Western Australia year to date results (Click HERE for a more comprehensive roundup!)
See what's happening around Australia with LBP
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