Shoppers urged to go local first

The GO LOCAL FIRST campaign has received an extension to urge Australians to buy from small businesses to strengthen the local economy and create local jobs. The campaign was first launched in July 2020 and is an initiative coordinated by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia.

It will run throughout 2021 and into next year, highlighting the vital role small business plays in our nation’s economy, in keeping communities thriving and creating local jobs. The Barker campaign features the support of numerous small businesses from across the electorate including cafes, chemists, retailers, trades, hairdressers, butchers, accountants and bookkeepers, which in turn will allow them to employ locally and continue to be the fabric of their community.

The campaign extension will build on the success achieved throughout 2020 in encouraging Australians to choose local small businesses when purchasing products and services to help support local jobs in every community in Barker.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomed the 12 month extension of the campaign. “The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting global economic downturn hit the small businesses in the Barker community we all know and love, far harder than large businesses,” Mr Pasin said.

“The GO LOCAL FIRST campaign has helped people in our local community understand the importance of supporting small businesses during these difficult times.” Mr Pasin said now more than ever Australian small businesses needed local communities to back them and support their recovery by choosing to shop with them either in person or online.

“Australians know when they make the choice to go to their local small businesses, they are supporting their local community, this is all the more important in regional communities,” Mr Pasin said. “I really enjoy dropping into the small businesses throughout the electorate to promote this campaign and look forward to continuing this for the next 12 months.

“While 2020 showed us that Australians are ready and willing to support their small local businesses, we still need local communities to stand by them and support them in job creation as we emerge from Australia’s first recession in three decades.”

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