LOCALS HELPING LOCALS
Christmas a time to shop in the region
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.
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.