Go local first campaign to support Wattle Range small business

3rd September 2020
When you spend local, it stays local.

Go local first campaign to support Wattle Range small business

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Councillor John Drew promotes the 'Go Local First' campaign with Lisa Duldig of Since Fifty Six, Millicent

Wattle Range Council is encouraging locals to show their support for small businesses in their communities as a part of a nationwide campaign.

The ‘Go Local First’ campaign, an initiative of the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA), highlights the vital role of small businesses in our nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and in keeping local communities thriving.

The campaign aims to encourage Australians to choose local small businesses when they are purchasing products and services to help get the economy back on its feet.

Wattle Range Mayor Des Noll urged the community to ‘Go Local First’: “Now is the time to be out supporting a range of businesses including our local grocers, butchers, restaurants, cafes, accounting and legal firms, gardeners, tradespeople, and goods producers like wineries and farmers.

“Our local small businesses need our loyal communities to back them now, by ‘going local first’ when they need to buy a product or service. When you shop locally, your money stays in the community, meaning local jobs and local economies not just surviving, but helping them to thrive as we emerge from COVID-19,” Mayor Noll said.

Research commissioned by COSBOA shows Australians are spending more at local businesses since the COVID-19 lockdowns began earlier this year, but temporary and permanent closures are preventing them from doing more to support them. The research finds Australians see broad economic improvements as the most important issues for the country, after managing the spread of the coronavirus.

Council's Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gower said: “Council staff have arranged for signage and promotional material to be distributed across the Council area and you will see staff and your Elected Members featuring with businesses on social media, including our own Facebook page.”

For more information on the campaign or to find out how you can participate visit www.golocalfirst.com.au.

For further information please contact:

Steve Chapple, Director Development Services 
Email:                       council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:                (08) 8733 0900

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