South Australia

The aim of the Local Buying Foundation is to support and deliver economic and local/regional business programs which build capacity and capability in the communities where BHP, C-Res and the Local Buying Program operate.

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

Local Buying Foundation SA

The Local Buying Foundation is adding value to our local regional communities in South Australia. The Local Buying Foundation supports six local regions across South Australia. Below is a snapshot of the SA data as at 31 May 2024:

SA Projects Funded

Funding approved

SOUTH AUSTRALIA Funding Round Dates:

Round #1: closing 10 May 
Round #2 closing: 18 October

Local Buying Foundation Supported Regions SA

Supported regions in South Australia:

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

  • District of Mount Remarkable
  • Port Augusta City Council
  • Port Pirie Regional Council
  • Roxby Downs Council
  • Whyalla City Council
  • Outback Communities Authority


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

Natalie Mooney | BHP
BHP Procurement Representative

Brodie Papps | BHP
BHP Corporate Affairs Representative

Greg Williams | Regional Development Australia Far North
Economic Development Representative

Louise Foote | Tactic
Industry Representative

Anita Kuss | UniHub Spencer Gulf
Education Representative

Kiara Johnson | KSG Consulting
Traditional Owner/Indigenous Business 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.