Lockyer Valley grows when you shop local

Show your support for local businesses with the Lockyer Valley Gift Card.

If you’re wanting to shop local, spend local and support local, then the Lockyer Valley Gift Card is for you!

Lockyer Valley Regional Council has teamed up with the Lockyer Valley Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism to promote Lockyer Valley gift cards to give local businesses a boost following the string of natural disasters the region has faced.

Council’s CEO Ian Church said that everyone can play a part in building a stronger local economy and creating more jobs closer to home by spending their money locally.

“Lockyer Valley businesses offer a great range of products and services – including friendly customer service,” he said.

“Lockyer Valley gift cards offer something for everyone, suit every occasion and can be used for everything from flowers to wine or beer, chocolates, giftware, beauty pampering and car repairs or new tyres.”

Mr Church said that changing where you spend your money is a powerful thing to do.

“Every dollar you spend on a Lockyer Valley gift card remains in your community,” he said.

“Local residents spend $66 million outside the region each year.

“If everyone over 12 who lives here spent $10 locally, instead of outside the region, over a year local retail spending would increase by $18.9 million.”

Ten dollars per week spent locally could also create over 187 new jobs.

Currently in the Lockyer Valley, there are 1300 retail jobs with a third of staff aged under 25.

Mr Church said that everyone benefits if residents spend an extra $10 locally.

“Our economy would grow by $26 million and this economic boost would create more jobs, new businesses would open, and existing ones would grow and prosper,” he said.

“Do your bit – shop in a local store, use a local tradie, eat in a local café.

“Ensuring your money stays local is a powerful and thoughtful gift – for the recipient and for the Lockyer Valley – and one that greatly benefits us all.”

For those wanting to support small businesses and help bolster the local economy, grab a Lockyer Valley gift card at:

• Lockyer Valley Visitor Information Centre, Gatton

• NewsXpress, Laidley

• Natural Alternative, Gatton

It’s also simple to make an online purchase at lockyerchamber.com.au/giftcard

Assistance provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.