28/11/2016

Support small business by shopping in Wide Bay this Christmas

With less than a month to go before Christmas, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging locals to shop and buy locally. 

“Every dollar that is spent in a local shop is a dollar that remains in our local community, supporting local jobs and the economy,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Australians are predicted to spend around $50 billion in the lead-up to Christmas Day, and it’s important for the strength of our regional economy that locals spend locally.

“In December, many local businesses take additional risks, make investments and employ more locals in the hope that increasing Christmas retail trade will make those decisions worthwhile.

“There are many local stores in Wide Bay communities which offer unique gifts for family, friends and loved ones, as well as small businesses, farmers and primary producers which sell groceries and produce for the festive season.  Everything you need for Christmas can be supplied by a small businesses in Wide Bay.”

Mr O’Brien said many of Wide Bay’s small businesses take on more staff over the Christmas season.

“Christmas provides a vital injection of cash and confidence into our community and the opportunity to help our small businesses employ more locals, and keep that money flowing through our local economy.”

Mr O’Brien said many tourists visit communities in Wide Bay over the Christmas period.

“Wide Bay has an excellent range of accommodation options, as well as cafes and restaurants, and offers great recreation and tourism activities.  I welcome tourists to Wide Bay and I encourage them to support local businesses.

“Through your support and the hard work small businesses, this can be a merry Christmas for local jobs and for our communities.”