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Go Local First Campaign

28th August 2020

GO LOCAL FIRST CAMPAIGN

Mayor Roslyn Talbot is encouraging Copper Coast residents to show their support for small businesses in their local communities for a nationwide campaign.

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

“Over the past month since the Go Local First Campaign was nationally launched, we’ve been working closely with Moonta Traders Group, Wallaroo Community Development Association and Kadina Hub to implement this campaign in their communities with their local businesses,” Mayor Talbot said.

“It’s been great to see how they’ve embraced this campaign and shown great enthusiasm with creative ideas in how to promote the campaign.”

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

Small businesses account for just over one-third of Australia’s GDP and an economic recovery will not be possible without small businesses trading and hiring people.

“Throughout this pandemic, small businesses have done it tough,” Mayor Talbot said.

“Now is the time to be out supporting the Copper Coast’s local grocers, butchers, restaurants, cafes, accounting and legal firms, gardeners, tradespeople, and local food producers.

“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.

“Australia’s 3.5 million small businesses are the heartbeat of local communities, when they thrive, communities thrive, and the national economy prospers.”

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.

“Now is the time for locals to support locals and I know our businesses will show why they deserve the support,” Mayor Talbot said.

“Recovery doesn’t happen in one week, it will take time for businesses to recover.

“As we move forward, they will need your continued support as this needs to be a long-term initiative,”

The research finds Australians see broad economic improvements as the most important issues for the country, after managing the spread of the coronavirus.

The Go Local First campaign will be rolled out on outdoor, radio, and digital advertising for another five months with a call to action to consumers to spend locally first.

For more information on the campaign or to be part of it, go to www.golocalfirst.com.au