Push to help lo­cal econ­omy

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

WITH con­trac­tors mov­ing on and small businesses clos­ing down, North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil­lor Faye Whelan wants to boost our lo­cal econ­omy with a “buy-lo­cal” cam­paign.

“We might be on track to quite a big down­turn in our com­mu­ni­ties, and now’s the time we should do some­thing to help stim­u­late it (our econ­omy),” she said at the Coun­cil’s gen­eral meet­ing on Tues­day.

Al­though the cam­paign is still in the early plan­ning stages, other Coun­cil mem­bers quickly got on board with some big ideas.

With the Queens­land Week­ender booked in to visit Monto on Mon­day, Coun­cil­lor Paul Lobegeier sug­gested sway­ing other Chan­nel 7 shows to fol­low their route north.

“The morn­ing show Sun­rise has run a few buy-lo­cal ini­tia­tives, let’s get Kochie (Sun­rise host David Koch) on board with this,” Cr Lobegeier said.

Cr Whelan also sug­gested con­vinc­ing con­tract­ing com­pa­nies to do­nate a prize.

“I think we could get them to leave us a part­ing gift, in the last buy lo­cal cam­paign we even gave away a car,” she said.

But, in lieu of a huge prize, the Coun­cil said a cou­ple of ipads should ‘get the ball rolling’ and en­cour­age North Bur­nett res­i­dents to sup­port lo­cal shop own­ers.

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