With less than 100 days until Christmas, Gippslanders are being urged to support local business and have the most ‘Gippsland Christmas’ possible.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has put out the challenge to purchase local produce, and gifts from local stores.
He said it was important Gippslanders focussed on Putting Locals First and supporting local business at every opportunity.
The ‘Gippsland Christmas’ challenge follows Mr Chester’s recent school holiday ‘Take a Break’ campaign, encouraging families to shop and holiday locally.
“Gippsland produces some of the finest food and wine in the world and my Christmas challenge to locals is to support local producers “Gippsland produces some of the finest food and wine in the world and my Christmas challenge to locals is to support local producers and local businesses,” Mr Chester said.
“From Christmas turkeys, ham and seafood, through to fine wine and beer – it’s all produced locally and perfect for the festive season.
“The small business sector is one of the largest employees in regional areas like Gippsland; and this sector relies on investors having confidence to continue investing in our region.
“Importantly, local businesses are relied upon to sponsor community and sporting organisations and local events which create opportunities for our region. “Local shops employ local people. I urge everyone to think twice before spending money out of town and look at ways to support local business at every opportunity.”