Win a Christ­mas ham­per

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

THE fes­tive sea­son is upon us and to cel­e­brate, Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett is kick­ing off his an­nual Christ­mas ham­per com­pe­ti­tion.

Three lucky fam­i­lies in the Bund­aberg and Bur­nett re­gion will soon be en­joy­ing a feast of lo­cally pro­duced fes­tive treats, cour­tesy of the lo­cal MP.

Mr Ben­nett first in­tro­duced the Christ­mas ham­per com­pe­ti­tion two years ago as part of a cam­paign to en­cour­age fam­i­lies to spread the fes­tive cheer to lo­cal busi­nesses by buy­ing lo­cal.

“The Christ­mas ham­per com­pe­ti­tion is as much about spread­ing Christ­mas cheer to fam­i­lies as it is about en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses when making their Christ­mas pur­chases,” Mr Ben­nett said.

The cam­paign is all about sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses, par­tic­u­larly small busi­nesses owned and op­er­ated by the mums and dads in our re­gion who really do need our back­ing.

“We are in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate to have some great lo­cal pro­duce right at our fin­ger­tips, and th­ese ham­pers show­case some of the best lo­cal good­ies around,” he said.

Mr Ben­nett said win­ners would enjoy a tasty as­sort­ment of con­serves and sauces, dried fruit and nuts, a ham from a lo­cal butcher, hand­made lo­cal fudge, soft drinks from Bund­aberg Brewed Drinks and other treats – all sourced from the Wide Bay and Bur­nett.

Mr Ben­nett said small busi­nesses were the en­gine room of our re­gion, driv­ing in­no­va­tion, em­ploy­ment and eco­nomic progress.

“You can’t un­der­es­ti­mate the ben­e­fits of sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses by shop­ping lo­cally,” he said.

“When you shop lo­cally your money stays lo­cally, with one dol­lar spent at a lo­cal busi­ness re­turn­ing up to five times that amount through em­ployee wages, rates and the pur­chase of ma­te­ri­als and sup­plies.”

To en­ter Mr Ben­nett’s Christ­mas ham­per com­pe­ti­tion, sim­ply pro­vide your name, ad­dress, email ad­dress and mo­bile num­ber to the Bur­nett Elec­torate Of­fice.

Mr Ben­nett said en­tries were open to all res­i­dents in the Bur­nett and Bund­aberg elec­torates, with one win­ner to be picked ran­domly from the Dis­cov­ery Coast, one from the Isis Dis­trict and one from the Bund­aberg, Bar­gara and coast area.

En­tries close on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 16 at mid­night, with the draw tak­ing place on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 17 at 3pm. Win­ners will be con­tacted im­me­di­ately.

Ham­pers can be col­lected from Mr Ben­nett’s of­fice or de­liv­ery can be ar­ranged.

En­ter at stephen­ben­nettmp.com.au/con­tact

No in­ter­net ac­cess? Con­tact the Bur­nett Elec­torate Of­fice on 4111 5100.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HAM­PER GIVE­AWAYS: MP Stephen Ben­nett gear­ing up for this year’s Christ­mas ham­per give­aways.

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