Bunch of top shops in re­gion

Gatton Star - - TOWN PROUD -

CON­TIN­U­ING its com­mit­ment to the fu­ture of the re­gion’s eco­nomic suc­cess, Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil is only too pleased to again sup­port this year’s Town Proud ini­tia­tive.

Lock­yer Val­ley Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan said shop­ping lo­cal was at the back­bone of many re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, with the Lock­yer Val­ley no ex­cep­tion.

“We want to make the Lock­yer Val­ley a bet­ter place to live, work and play but to do that we need to cre­ate jobs and en­cour­age lo­cal busi­nesses to grow and pros­per,” she said.

As the Foun­da­tion Spon­sor of the ini­tia­tive, Cr Mil­li­gan said strong busi­ness ac­tiv­ity and growth was es­sen­tial.

“We know only too well just how re­silient our busi­ness com­mu­nity is.”

“They are noth­ing short of out­stand­ing and do so much to make sure our fu­ture is strong.”

Coun­cil is also com­mit­ted to back­ing the Val­ley’s ex­ist­ing busi­ness com­mu­nity, through a range of ini­tia­tives.

“We have Neilsen’s Place, in­cor­po­rat­ing the Lai­d­ley Busi­ness In­cu­ba­tor and Dig­i­tal Co-work­ing spa­ces with ac­cess to high speed in­ter­net; a monthly elec­tronic busi­ness news­let­ter and a free on­line lo­cal busi­ness di­rec­tory.”

“Coun­cil also hosts a

❝Shop­ping

lo­cal means sup­port­ing lo­cal jobs, keep­ing lo­cal jobs and ce­ment­ing the eco­nomic pros­per­ity of the re­gion

— Cr Tanya Mil­li­gan

num­ber of in­dus­try fo­rums and busi­ness work­shops which fa­cil­i­tate net­work­ing and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment, as well as host­ing our premier event, the Lock­yer Val­ley Busi­ness, Train­ing and Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards, as a way to re­ward and recog­nise lo­cal busi­ness and their re­spec­tive staff.

“Just last month coun­cil hosted the an­nual awards and it was clear our re­gion’s man­agers, em­ploy­ees, trainees, ap­pren­tices and busi­nesses are lead­ing the way.

“I be­lieve we have a good bal­ance be­tween sup­port­ing our ex­ist­ing busi­nesses, while also be­ing the driver for fu­ture busi­ness growth.”

Part­ner­ing with the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity was a pri­or­ity for coun­cil, Cr Mil­li­gan said.

“Shop­ping lo­cal means sup­port­ing lo­cal jobs, keep­ing lo­cal jobs and ce­ment­ing the eco­nomic pros­per­ity of the re­gion.”

With Christ­mas just around the cor­ner, Cr Mil­li­gan said shop­ping in the Val­ley had never been this good.

“It’s been a busy and stress­ful year for ev­ery­one – don’t make this Christ­mas more tax­ing by trav­el­ling out­side the re­gion to do your Christ­mas shop­ping.”

“Stay here in the Val­ley for unique and orig­i­nal gifts that won’t break the bank.

“The Lock­yer Val­ley is home to an ar­ray of bou­tique shop­ping, which al­lows for a unique shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Here you can find ev­ery­thing from bou­tique fash­ion and gift stores in­clud­ing ex­quis­ite tea rooms sell­ing tea sets, hand­made choco­lates and an­tique cloth­ing, all scat­tered through­out our towns and vil­lages.

“There re­ally is no need to shop any­where else.”

The Town Proud ini­tia­tive runs un­til De­cem­ber 12.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses will have posters on dis­play, while lucky shop­pers can fill out a form and at­tach their re­ceipt to go into the run­ning to win one of six $1000 draws to be used at any Gat­ton Star Town Proud store.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact coun­cil on

1300 005 872 or visit www. lock­y­er­val­ley.qld.gov.au.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

PROUD SUP­PORTER: Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan.

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