New South Wales

The aim of the Local Buying Foundation is to enhance the economic sustainability of local communities within the operational footprint of BHP Mt Arthur Coal.

We do this through the support of programs and initiatives that target local business training and development needs.

NSW MCCI Business Awards

The Local Buying Foundation is adding value to our local regional communities in New South Wales. The Local Buying Foundation supports three local regions across New South Wales. Below is a snapshot of the NSW data as at 30 June 2024:

NSW Projects Funded

Funding approved

NEW SOUTH WALES Funding Round Dates:

Round #1 closing: 5 April
Round #2 closing: 20 September

Local Buying Foundation Supported Regions NSW

Supported regions in New South Wales:

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

  • Muswellbrook
  • Singleton
  • Upper Hunter


To ensure that the Local Buying Foundation funding opportunities target genuine community needs, a Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee has been established for each State.

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


 Melissa Westcott | Local Buying Foundation Chair

Donovan Raj | BHP
BHP Procurement Representative

Amanda Walker | BHP
BHP Corporate Affairs Representative

Sean Britton | Singleton Shire Council
Council/Local Government Representative

Jacqui Bakewell | Upper Hunter Council
Council/Local Government Representative

Fiona Wilton | Muswellbrook Shire Council
Council/Local Government Representative

Danny Eather | Business Singleton
Business Chamber Representative

Mike Kelly | Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce
Business Chamber Representative

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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.