BMA asset president Lucas Dow wants Mackay and Sarina small business operators to take the opportunity and do business with his company at the Hay Point Coal Terminal.
BMA asset president Lucas Dow wants Mackay and Sarina small business operators to take the opportunity and do business with his company at the Hay Point Coal Terminal. Ross Irby

BMA kicks off Local Buying Program in Mackay and Sarina

BUY local and help small business.

That's the friendly message business giant BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) put out to Mackay and Sarina business operators when it dropped by with its shopping cart.

Through its Local Buying Program the company wants businesses with 25 or fewer employees to tender to supply goods and services to its Hay Point Coal Terminal.

"We are open for business," BMA's asset president Lucas Dow and head of supply Damien Matthews told a group of about 40 business operators in Mackay.

The conduit to do business is through its C-Res or Community Resourcing, led by manager Tracey Cuttriss-Smith, who also attended the session.

Mayor Deirdre Comerford called it a milestone event, saying there was no better time for this announcement in the region because BMA "does not have a great name at the moment" (after recent job losses).

Ms Comerford said there would be spin-offs for businesses in the Paget industrial area and it would help operators ride the "adjustment" in our economy.

Mr Dow said BMA was very much part of the region's community and encouraged small operators to take the opportunity to do business.

Mr Dow said the unique program was initiated in 2012 for the Bowen Basin and had resulted in over $40 million being invested in local businesses by providing goods and services to BMA mines.

"it gives local businesses the opportunity to tender for goods and services we need to run our operations," he said.

"All businesses compete competitively. It's very much best in class."

 Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce deputy chairwoman Kylie Porter said while business was tough and the times challenging, business owners needed to explore every opportunity.

"There is an enormous amount of potential around for small businesses," she said.



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