It’s not a new concept and one we have discussed many times but sometimes we need a little reminder.
By spending money in our towns and main streets not only do we boost the economy, we help businesses to grow and employ more locals.
These business owners and employees then spend their money in other local establishments, get involved in community groups and give back where they can.
Sporting clubs are always well backed by a range of local businesses, whether they have a direct involvement or not. They understand how it all works.
This year my netball club adopted a sponsorship program, the first for a number of years, where we asked businesses to donate vouchers to be awarded each week.
While we’re not reinventing the wheel and I know others do the same thing, we felt it was important to encourage our members to visit and spend money within our towns.
It may not work, but we’re trying to create good habits.
Everyone will admit the Kadina CBD redevelopment has taken its toll on businesses, and shoppers but it’s getting to the pointy end now.
The Kadina Chamber of Commerce has offered incentives for shopping locally despite some inconveniences and as crews continue to work through the streets it’s much easier to put off that visit or purchase online.
Some people haven’t been physically able to access the street while works are ongoing and I realise that alters habits, but the rest of us need to continue to support those businesses.
Our businesses can mix it with the best too, with Jitter Bean Oasis at Lochiel winning a national award for the best cafe — as voted on by customers.
What could be better proof of the quality we have on our own doorstep than that?