Buying local, supporting local jobs and business
November 19, 2013

Local businesses in the Hunter Valley could benefit greatly from a new policy to 'buy local' at the state's biggest mine. 

BHP Billiton's Mt Arthur Coal, near Muswellbrook, has released a new policy that will put a greater emphasis on contracting local small and medium sized businesses across a range of categories including mine machinery maintenance services, pipes and fittings, security and equipment, hydraulics and cleaning and maintenance services.  

This comes on top of the latest research showing that Hunter-based businesses have received more $4.6 billion in the past 12 months from mining companies purchasing goods and services. That's good for local jobs in the Hunter and good for the local economy. The research also shows that Sydney is effectively the second biggest mining region with $2.8 billion spent by mining companies on goods and services over the same period. 

Peter Sharpe, BHP Billiton NSW Energy Coal Asset President says the policy builds on feedback from local business owners and operators about the opportunities and challenges of supplying to a large mining company.

“Although Mt Arthur Coal has a long history of working with local businesses to source a range of goods and services, we’re excited about exploring new opportunities to build relationships with local suppliers,” he told a meeting of the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce. 

“Our Policy on Buying Locally will better enable small to medium enterprises in Muswellbrook and surrounding areas to be aware of and tender for contracts with our business."

Additionally, Mt Arthur Coal plans to hold workshops and other activities to provide local businesses with the information and knowledge they need to develop as a business and improve their opportunity to supply to Mt Arthur Coal and other large companies.

 

 

 


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