Western Australia

The aim of the LBF is to enhance the economic sustainability of regions within the operational footprint of BHP Minerals Australia assets and BHP Operation Services in Western Australia.

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

Local Buying Foundation WA

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

WA Projects Funded

Funding approved

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Funding Round Dates:

Round #1: closing 1 March
Round #2 closing: 30 August

Local Buying Foundation Supported Regions WA

Supported regions in Western Australia:

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

  • Town of Port Hedland
  • Shire of East Pilbara



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.

Listed are the WA  Advisory Committee members appointed for 2024-2026.

Melissa Westcott | Local Buying Foundation Chair

Candice Williams | BHP
BHP Procurement Representative

Rachel Donkin | BHP
BHP Corporate Affairs Representative

Steven Dhu | Aboriginal Enterprises Australia
Traditional Owner/Indigenous Representative

Sarah Stampfli | Serene Bedlam
Local Business Representative

Tina Scott | Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Business Chamber Representative

Susan Grylls | Pilbara Universities Centre
Education Representative

Gloria Jacob | Pilbara Connections Consultancy


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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.