Join Keith Pitt in #puttinglocalsfirst

Monday, 16 November 2015

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has today launched an exciting multimedia campaign, encouraging people across the Wide Bay Burnett region to put locals first.

 The #bundybayandbush campaign will run on social media and local television for the next four weeks, to promote the benefits of shopping locally in the lead up to Christmas.

 “Like most people in our community, as a father of three, I want to create opportunities locally for current and future generations,” Mr Pitt said.

 “The best way we can do that is to buy local, hire a local tradie, eat local, study locally, volunteer for local organisations or join a local club. 

 “By holidaying here and exploring our own backyard, Hinkler residents will be injecting money and confidence into the local economy. This helps businesses create jobs.

 “It’s important that we tell everyone how great our region is; talk it up and encourage people to visit.

“Together, we can make Hinkler an even better place to work, raise a family and do business.”

 Mr Pitt thanked the many participating businesses and organisations: Hotline Fashion Boutique, Surf Life Saving Queensland, Sweet Sensations Farm, Urangan Fisheries, Bundaberg Sandblasting, AquaVue Watersports Cafe, Hervey Bay Whale Watch, Alowishus Delicious and CQ University.

 “As part of the campaign, we’re giving locals the chance to win a range of local goodies,” he said.

 “Just go to my Facebook page and share a photograph that celebrates what you love most about living in our region or tell us in 25 words or less about a good experience you’ve had with a local business, sporting club or service provider.

 “Don’t forget to tag the business and use the hashtags #bundybayandbush and #puttinglocalsfirst.

 “The winners will be announced on my Facebook page on December 22.”  

 Hotline Fashion Boutique Owner Kaye McCotter, who has provided two $50 gift vouchers as prizes, said small businesses relied on community support to keep their doors open and employ local people.

 “I love being part of the Bundaberg community and helping style local women; making them feel great with reasonably-priced, quality stock,” Ms McCotter said.

 “It’s providing friendly, personal service that makes small local business stand out in a competitive market and keeps our customers coming back.

 “Campaigns like #bundybayandbush remind people why it’s so important to put locals first, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

 [ENDS] 17 November 2015

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