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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has launched a campaign to promote Gippsland businesses and support local jobs as the countdown to Christmas begins.

Mr Chester said his Great Gippsland Christmas campaign would encourage people to shop locally by showcasing local shops, service providers and produce.

“Gippslanders have stuck together over the past 12 months as we’ve faced plenty of challenges,” Mr Chester said. “As the end of 2020 approaches, we are in better shape than most parts of the world.

“This Christmas, I’ll be putting locals first and supporting those businesses that support our community.

“By shopping locally, taking a break in Gippsland and using local service providers, you can join me and support local jobs.

“It’s now less than a month before Christmas Day so I will be promoting Gippsland businesses every day until Santa visits as part of my Great Gippsland Christmas campaign.”

Mr Chester is encouraging people to support the campaign by nominating a local business where you can find a gift to put under the Christmas tree or food and treats for the table.

“This campaign will help to spread the word about the great things available for Christmas in Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.

“By encouraging people to spend their money locally, we will keep more money in our economy and that will support jobs.

“Some people don’t want anything for Christmas other than a job and where we decide to spend our money will play a role in determining whether they get their wish.”

Staff and customers can nominate a business to be featured on Mr Chester’s social media platforms over the next four weeks.

To take part, simply email some photos and 10-second video of the business including shots of the products and staff members (with permission, of course!) to darren.chester.mp@aph.gov.au. Please remember to mention any Christmas offers or special gift ideas available in store.

“I love Gippsland and together we can make this Christmas a Great Gippsland Christmas for everyone,” Mr Chester said.

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