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Your buck stops here if you buy local! It is well worn message but one that Whitsunday Regional Council Deputy Mayor John Collins is passionate about.
In the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, Cr Collins, chair of the Council’s Local Recovery Group, issued a heartfelt appeal urging the community to support local business.
As a small business owner in Proserpine, Cr Collins knows first-hand the struggle the region’s businesses face after the disaster.
“We as a Whitsunday community have been hit hard by Cyclone Debbie.
“Many small businesses across the region have struggled to keep their doors open over the last few years due to the slowdown in the economy.
“Once these businesses are back on their feet and resume trading I urge you to support them.”
Cr Collins said often it was these local businesses that always get asked to donate and support community sporting and charity events.
“The shop local message is not only for the consumer but also for local business to support their own.
“Where are businesses buying their product from, where are they getting their stationery, produce and other supplies from? Are they themselves supporting local business.
“As a community battling to recover from the disaster we have to support local business in Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Collinsville and rural areas,” he said.
“Quite simply local business means local jobs and keeping the money in our region.
“It is even more important to support each other now as the devastation of Cyclone Debbie will see many small businesses battling to keep their doors open.”