26 February 2015
Queanbeyan City Council has gotten behind the Why Leave Town shopping promotion, which is all about getting people who live locally to shop locally.
Council agreed at its meeting last night to put up seed funding of nearly $6000 for the initiative which is helping small businesses in rural and regional centres in NSW.
Mayor Tim Overall said Queanbeyan business groups were united in their support for the promotion which based on the shopping card concept. The economic initiative has and will continue to be driven by the Queanbeyan Women in Business Group with assistance from other local business groups and business interests.
“Queanbeyan City Council will be the coordinating organisation for the first 12 months of this promotional campaign, which will see the introduction of shopping cards for participating businesses in Queanbeyan.
“The launch of the Why Leave Town promotion will be in a few months and by then we hope to have 30 businesses on board. It’s not just CBD-centric but will extend to shopping centres at Karabar and Jerrabomberra and also include service businesses.”
The Mayor said 11 towns across NSW were currently participating in the promotion, with over half a million dollars spent across these towns through the specialised shopping cards.
“You will be able to put up to $1000 on each shopping card and buy the cards from participatory businesses. Over 16000 people travel over to Canberra for work each day and we want to convince them that shopping in Queanbeyan is a real alternative. We have great retail and service businesses in Queanbeyan, many of them however are not as well known as they should be.”
The Why Leave Town promotion will be launched in May. Council is also planning on holding information sessions for businesses and service providers, and will advertise the dates when they are finalised. For more information contact Tracey Lamont on 6285 6308.