Southern Downs Regional Council say they have a clear policy in place to support local business.
Southern Downs Regional Council say they have a clear policy in place to support local business. File

Council campaign to boost business

WITH times tough and businesses needing every cent they can get, Southern Downs Regional Council has been working behind the scenes to attract investment to the region.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said residents didn't tend to shop locally, but it had never been more important to do so.

"Once upon a time people did have that desire to shop local, but now they're looking for the best price they can get, and they'll travel to get it,” she said.

"If everyone did their shopping at home, these closures wouldn't happen, but that's not the custom.”

Across the Southern Downs there are 4066 local businesses, with retail trade bringing $165.3million into the area in 2017-18.

Accommodation and food services attracted $59million, according to the council's Invest Southern Downs campaign figures.

SDRC recently launched the second phase of the campaign and a representative said the council was continuously working to encourage economic and business growth across the region.

"Council's procurement process encourages the development of competitive local business and industry and constantly seeks to purchase local products and services, or to use a local contractor where possible, while operating within budgetary and legislative requirements.

"Council encourages all residents to shop local and support local business.

"SDRC regularly hosts business development workshops and forums as well as employment expos and a range of regional attraction and tourism activities.”

Cr Dobie urged businesses in strife to contact the council's economic development officer for support before they decide to close.

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