Get ready to shop lo­cal and #getit­ingympie

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

WHEN Sec­tion D of the Gympie By­pass be­gins af­ter Christ­mas it will mark the start of a trans­for­ma­tion un­like any other in the his­tory of this re­gion.

Once com­pleted, the Bruce High­way will no longer go through the heart of Gympie, and while this will im­pact busi­nesses re­liant on through traf­fic, it will of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­vi­ously un­thought of.

The Gympie Times will for the next few weeks cam­paign on be­half of our lo­cal busi­nesses for shop­pers to #getit­ingympie, whether they live in this re­gion or not.

Through­out Gympie and tucked away in the streets and cor­ners of our satel­lite town­ships is a plethora of unique and amaz­ing stores owned and op­er­ated by lo­cal fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als, where the park­ing is easy, the prices are com­pet­i­tive if not down­right lower, and the des­ti­na­tion con­ve­nient.

Re­search and stud­ies of Aus­tralian com­mu­ni­ties that have al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced a ma­jor high­way by­pass show those com­mu­ni­ties usu­ally thrive once traf­fic is di­verted. One New South Wales town grew em­ploy­ment by 21.8 per cent within 10 years of the by­pass open­ing.

Shop­ping lo­cal this Christ­mas will help cre­ate lo­cal jobs and boost the lo­cal econ­omy ahead of 2019 and the start of the his­toric by­pass con­struc­tion.

Po­si­tion­ing the Gympie re­gion’s busi­ness and ser­vice sec­tor to cap­i­talise on the by­pass and un­dergo that same pos­i­tive trans­for­ma­tion is the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind #getit­ingympie.

There is no bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to har­ness the spend­ing power of a com­mu­nity than in the lead-up to the count­down to Christ­mas, the big­gest shop­ping time of the year. And whether you like it or not, that time of the year is al­ready here.

So we hope our read­ers will get on board and think twice be­fore trav­el­ling to Bris­bane, the Sun­shine Coast or the in­ter­net for their Christ­mas shop­ping this year.

Get it in Gympie and ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits of sup­port­ing your lo­cal com­mu­nity, neigh­bours, friends, ac­quain­tances and fam­ily.

Dur­ing the next few weeks we will be run­ning a se­ries of pro­files of our awe­some lo­cal busi­nesses where the Christ­mas shop­ping is made easy. For in­quiries, phone 5480 4200, ex­ten­sion 4.

Photo: Con­tributed

BE A LO­CAL HERO: Make this re­gion the best it can be and #getit­ingympie ahead of this Christ­mas.

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