It’s be­gin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas

The Gympie Times - - YOUR SAY - OUR VIEW SHEL­LEY STRA­CHAN shel­ley.stra­[email protected]­ #getit­ingympie.

THE Oc­to­ber re­tail trade fig­ures for Queens­land have shown sales climbed 1.1 per cent, far bet­ter than the na­tional fig­ure of 0.3 per cent.

It is the best month-on­month re­sult since April 2017, and bodes well for Gympie re­tail­ers as the Christ­mas shop­ping frenzy kicks in.

While it is to­tally un­der­stand­able that some Christ­mas shop­ping will be done on­line, at the Sun­shine Coast and in Bris­bane, spare a thought for our lo­cal traders over the next few weeks and think twice about where you spend your money. Sup­port lo­cal when you can. We have a new Cham­ber of Com­merce and there is some real ta­lent in there with the cre­ativ­ity and mo­ti­va­tion to achieve re­sults for our busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Just look at what Tony Good­man, the new Cham­ber pres­i­dent, has al­ready achieved for Mary St.

Next Wed­nes­day night is the first of two Mary Christ­mas events in our main street – these are or­gan­ised by Mr Good­man and al­ways a fab­u­lous fam­ily night.

Many of our small busi­ness men and women are un­der duress, and rely on Christ­mas trade to get them over the line. Please bear that in mind when you are do­ing your Christ­mas shop­ping. If you can, and if you like the ser­vice you re­ceive when you go into that store

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