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