Shop local and help business
YOU may have noticed as you are shopping around town (and throughout the Valley), there is a lot of promotion for shopping locally.
It makes sense to support our local shops, especially when things are tight.
If we do not support our local traders, they will fold and then we have little left.
I have just recently returned from a trip to the Central West and it was interesting to see those towns that were once prosperous little centres which had become ghost towns, with many empty shops boarded up. Speaking to people there, this was largely a result of residents not supporting their local stores.
On the other hand, a number of towns were thriving.
The city of Orange was very impressive.
Vibrant, no empty shops and what appeared to be a healthy economy, even in tight times.
Another feature of these vibrant towns and cities was the fact that they promoted their area with welcoming signs, letting visitors and passers-by know what events were happening.
This is something that we lack in Grafton.
The show is coming up, but if you drove along the highway, you would not know.
Tasteful signage that promotes our city is sorely lacking.
We have Race Week, Jacaranda and many other events and we should be proudly advertising these to all passers-by.
Along with our own shop local campaign, Northern Rivers Food Links is working with local food stores, butchers and fish shops to promote and highlight local produce available in those outlets.
Those stores that have chosen to become involved in this project are highlighting all the local produce that they sell in their shops and, hopefully, this will not only assist them, but will promote our local farmers and producers
Have a great May, enjoy our show and don’t forget:
Shop local and support our businesses.
Grafton Chamber of Commerce and Industry