It's time to love your local community and small businesses
How much do you love your local café, restaurant, pub, gym, retailer, hairdresser, beautician, market or florist?
What about your local sporting club, school, community group and neighbourhood?
Now, more than ever before, it is time to love your local, which is why the City of Greater Bendigo has launched the new Love Your Local campaign to drive social and economic recovery in our community following COVID-19.
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said COVID-19 changed life as we knew it but a new normal was starting to unfold.
“As we start to emerge from home isolation and business hibernation, it is important that we make the effort to reconnect with each other and support our business community however we can,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“We can help do this by buying a couple of coffees, heading out to brunch or lunch with a friend, updating our wardrobe, getting a haircut, shopping at a local market, joining or re-joining a gym when they re-open, surprising someone with a locally-bought gift or buying a gift voucher to use later.
“You can also ‘follow’ and ‘like’ your favourite small business online or leave a positive review and share your love with others. This costs nothing, builds a sense of community pride and lets our local business owners know how much they are valued. Your positive feedback is also another way they can attract new customers.
“Greater Bendigo has done a wonderful job of staying home to stay safe, and in doing so we’ve missed our local sport, volunteering, seeing the people we love in person and, for some of us, being able to attend work.
“We know the threat of COVID-19 is still among us so we must be careful, but as we start to move around more let’s all do our bit to help our economy and community and Love Your Local.”