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Incentive for locals to 'buy local' as sales get underway


An extra incentive to get your gifts on the Coast this Christmas.

Sunshine Coast Council has partnered with Buy Local Sunshine Coast, to give away $2,000 each week for four lucky winners.

It's in an effort to encourage the community to support local businesses this festive season, as Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales get underway today.

Councillor Terry Landsberg says when we buy from a local shop, we're supporting much more than just the economy.

“The Sunshine Coast is home to more than 33,000 local businesses – many of which are small businesses owned by local individuals and families,” Cr Landsberg says.

“We are really hoping that after a very challenging couple of years, our community will rally behind their retailers, cafés and restaurants and support them by spending locally this festive season.

Last financial year, residents spent $1.75 billion outside the Sunshine Coast LGA and $2.5 billion online.

“That’s more than $4 billion that could be spent locally to support local businesses and create more local jobs," Cr Landsberg says.

Shoppers are also encouraged to visit the new Buy Local Sunshine Coast website to find the very best of our region’s products, food, and services.

Buy Local Sunshine Coast creator Claire Parkinson says the platform is all about building awareness of the importance of buying local, changing the mindset of consumers to support local first and putting small business in the spotlight right across the Sunshine Coast region.

“Our experience is that locals want to support locals, get to know and understand who is behind the scenes and feel good about supporting a local business,” Claire said.

To enter the weekly competition, you simply have to spend $10 anywhere in the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area from 22 November 2021 to 19 December and upload the receipt to the Buy Local Sunshine Coast website.

The first winner will be announced on Monday, November 29.