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Go local first to support local business

Brendon Jones (left) and Toby Waite from Wild Food and Wine in Castlemaine.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging the community to buy local to help support local businesses and provide a much needed boost to economic recovery.

Monday 16 November 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging the community to buy local to help support local businesses and provide a much needed boost to economic recovery.

It has joined a national campaign to deliver the simple message of Go Local First when it comes to purchasing goods and services.

Council’s Manager Economy and Culture David Leathem said the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on small businesses and they need our help to survive.

“Local businesses are at the heart of our community and are essential for our local economy,” said Mr Leathem.

“Whether it be the local baker, carpenter, hairdresser, chemist or vet, local businesses are vital to our daily lives and give back to our community in many ways.

“Small businesses contribute to about a third of our economic activity and are an important provider of local jobs.

“They are run by families, friends and neighbours who care about our community, bring growth and innovation, and make our towns unique and special,” he said.

It is important to go local all year round but now it’s more important than ever.

“This year has been really tough and we know how hard business owners have worked to adapt their offer or business practices to deal with COVID-19.

“At the same time other businesses are just starting to open up as restrictions ease again and need our support at this crucial time,” said Mr Leathem.

There are many ways we can support local businesses, producers, makers and traders.

“When you buy or shop local you help keep small businesses going, keep people employed and money in our towns so our local communities can thrive,” said Mr Leathem.

“We have seen many people in our community support each other during the pandemic. With just over month to go before Christmas, we’re encouraging everyone to think about how you can keep supporting local business and help the local economy to bounce back.”

The Go Local First campaign is funded by the Federal Government and delivered by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA), with support from Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Look out for stories featuring local businesses in local news and on social media in the coming weeks, as well as a Facebook competition to get everyone involved.

Council’s Business Recovery Officers will continue to be out and about checking in on local businesses and to help spread the word. If you are a local business and would like to get involved contact Eva Parkin on 5471 1700 or e.parkin@mountalexander.vic.gov.au to express your interest.

Image: Brendon Jones (left) and Toby Waite from Wild Food and Wine in Castlemaine have created a top notch place in the neighbourhood where locals can drop in for a casual drink and good food, or celebrate a special occasion.


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