The Local Buying Foundation was established in 2012 in Queensland, at the same time that the Local Buying Program was developed.

The aim of the LBF is to enhance the economic sustainability of regions within the operational footprint of BHP and BMA assets in Queensland. We do this through the support of programs and initiatives that target local business training and development needs.

The Local Buying Foundation is adding value to our local regional communities in Queensland.
The Local Buying Foundation supports three local regions across Queensland. Below is a snapshot of the QLD data as at 30 November 2023:

QLD Projects Funded

Funding approved

QUEENSLAND Funding Round Dates:

Round #1 closing: 9 February
Round #2 closing: 19 July 

Local Buying Foundation Supported Regions QLD

Supported regions in Queensland:

The Local Buying Foundation in Queensland aims to enhance the economic stability in the local government areas of:

  • Central Highlands
  • Isaac
  • Mackay


To ensure that the Local Buying Foundation funding opportunities target genuine community needs, a Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee has been established for each foundation. The role of the Advisory Committee is to provide guidance and market/environment intelligence to inform, identify and support and the investment and disbursement of the Foundation’s funds and to oversee effective governance of the Foundation.

The Advisory Committee ensure that approved projects, programs, and initiatives align with the Foundation’s objectives, meet specified criteria and have the appropriate due diligence. The Advisory Committee is a representative body made up of key stakeholders from across the LBF regions with an interest or skills and expertise in regional economic development.

Melissa Westcott | Local Buying Foundation Chair

Jessica Simpson | BHP

Shane Brandenburg | Isaac Regional Council

Cr. Alison Jones | Mackay Regional Council

Cr. Gai Sypher | Central Highlands Regional Council

Bronwyn Reid | 4T Consulting

Maree Sturdy | Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce

David Woods | AC Whalan

Kalair McArthur | Rural and Remote Development

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Local Buying Foundation acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.