Buy lo­cal to sup­port our econ­omy

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE NORTH Bur­nett Re­gion Fu­tures Pro­gram is pro­mot­ing ‘buy lo­cal’ in a bid to help the re­gion’s eco­nomic re­cov­ery.

The pro­gram’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment con­sul­tant Lisa Wain said it was the frame­work for coun­cils and the State Govern­ment to buy lo­cal.

“Queens­land has 412,000 small busi­nesses or one quar­ter of the state’s econ­omy, this rep­re­sents 90% of busi­nesses and em­ploys 50% of pri­vate sec­tor work­ers,” Mrs Wain said.

“Each dol­lar spent in a lo­cal busi­ness re­turns many times that amount to the lo­cal econ­omy through wages, rates and pur­chase of ma­te­ri­als.”

“If we can help busi­nesses pro­vide goods and ser­vices to lo­cal and State Govern­ment then lo­cals might sub con­tract to larger com­pa­nies, such as in the area of road main­te­nance,” Mrs Wain said.

The North Bur­nett Re­gion Fu­tures Pro­gram will be run­ning pro­cure-ment work­shops for busi­nesses to get on lo­cal and State Govern­ment-pre­ferred sup­ply lists.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, email Lisa Wain north­bur­net­t­fu­

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

LO­CAL BUSI­NESS: Lisa Wain from North Bur­nett Re­gion Fu­tures Pro­gram wants towns like Monto to ben­e­fit from eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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