AFTER drought, COVID, mouse plagues and COVID again, the phrase 'shop local' has never been more important for rural communities as Christmas approaches.
The Liverpool Plains Business Chamber has launched this year's 'Shop Locally' voucher initiative, urging everyone to look no further this festive season.
Chamber member Sally Alden said businesses have battled through some of their toughest years but have continued to rise to the challenge.
"It's been compounding impacts with the threat of coal and gas making it very uncertain for local businesses and where their investments lie, to then dealing with the drought and not having as many clients and customers come through," she said.
"To then the mice plague and the impact of that, and then on to COVID, so it's been a decade long issue but the businesses always continue to band together and support one another."
So what we're trying to do is to support our local businesses and unite the community and keep everyone proactive and positive and looking forward to Christmas.Sally Alden - Liverpool Plains Business Chamber member
She said the aim of the initiative is to support local businesses, unite the community and keep everyone proactive and positive and looking forward to Christmas.
Residents of the Liverpool Plains Shire can purchase a voucher which can be redeemed across a wide range of participating businesses across Quirindi, Werris Creek, Willow Tree and Currabubula.
Vouchers can be ordered now and added to Christmas stockings or thank you cards in a lovely gesture of support to the local business community.
Ms Alden said the chamber is really looking forward to promoting the initiative at upcoming events such as market stalls.
"The local Quirindi High School also uses the shop locally vouchers every year for their awards day, so they're given to students and that connects students with the business community," she said.
All funds from 'Shop Locally' vouchers go directly to the business where the vouchers are used.
To purchase a voucher, email your interest (how much you would like to spend, who to make the voucher out to) to chamber secretary Tammie Clark at email@example.com.
New chamber members are always welcome.
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