LO­CALS HELP­ING LO­CALS

Christ­mas a time to shop in the re­gion

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AT a time when some lo­cal busi­nesses are do­ing it tough, there’s never been a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to get be­hind our lo­cal guys and show your sup­port.

The ad­vent of on­line shop­ping can be an al­lur­ing en­tice­ment, but the Stan­thorpe and Gran­ite Belt Cham­ber of Com­merce hopes its an­nual Christ­mas pro­mo­tion can lure lo­cal shop­pers away from their screen and into a store.

Cham­ber of Com­merce events and pro­mo­tion sub-com­mit­tee chair­man Josh Caval­laro said this year’s pro­mo­tion is flow­ing on from the hard work put in, in pre­vi­ous year’s.

“Ev­ery year we ob­vi­ously do the Shop Lo­cal/Re­ward the Shop­per pro­mo­tion – so es­sen­tially shop in any of the par­tic­i­pat­ing stores, which is the mem­bers of Cham­ber of Com­merce, and you re­ceive a ticket to go into the ma­jor prize draw,” he said.

There’s al­ready been sev­eral prizes given out, but the main one will be drawn on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21.

“Ba­si­cally we just want to give back to our mem­bers and the com­mu­nity to pro­mote shop­ping lo­cally and sup­port­ing our re­gion and keep­ing the money in town and all pat­ting each other on the back for do­ing a good job.

“The econ­omy booster from Christ­mas time is just mas­sive and if the ma­jor­ity of that is get­ting spent out of town with­out look­ing for those re­sources in town then ob­vi­ously it has that flow on ef­fect.

“It’s not only the tourists that have to sup­port the busi­nesses – it’s got to come from the lo­cal com­mu­nity. If it doesn’t then things fall apart.

“It’s im­per­a­tive we all do it – I say that as a small busi­ness owner my­self. As a cham­ber that’s what we’re try­ing to do... en­sure our busi­nesses are suc­cess­ful.”

Sup­port­ing Mr Caval­laro with the pro­mo­tion are Jane Ker­ridge from Power Ty­nan, Jenny Sher­rin from South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil and Deb­bie Wil­mot from Gra­cious Giv­ing and Jas Sar Jes.

Not only are there pro­mo­tions, there’s ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment lined up for the main street pi­azza, start­ing from 9am on De­cem­ber 10 through to De­cem­ber 21.

There will be daily cook­ing demon­stra­tions, face paint­ing, dance per­for­mances, craft ac­tiv­i­ties and Santa pho­tos from 9-10am.

It all leads in to the big fi­nale with late night shop­ping, ma­jor prize draw, bar­be­cue, rides, car­ols, en­ter­tain­ment, Santa visit and a fire­works dis­play on De­cem­ber 21.

“They are all free events. It’s just some­thing to give back to the com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing ev­ery­one in town,” Mr Caval­laro said.

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

FES­TIVE: Jenny Sher­rin from South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil and Cham­ber of Com­merce events and pro­mo­tion sub-com­mit­tee chair­man Josh Caval­laro talk up the Shop Lo­cal Christ­mas pro­mo­tion.

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