Keeping the Mornington Peninsulas Heart Beating – Go Local First
Mornington Peninsula residents are being reminded to shop locally for Peninsula products as part of the GO LOCAL FIRST campaign.
First launched in July 2020, GO LOCAL FIRST is an initiative coordinated by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) that will run throughout 2021 and into next year.
The campaign highlights the vital role small business plays in our nation’s economy, in keeping communities thriving and creating local jobs.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP welcomed the year-long extension of the GO LOCAL FIRST campaign to urge Australians to buy from small businesses in the Mornington Peninsula to strengthen our local economy and create local jobs.
“Small business is the heart of the Mornington Peninsula and our nation’s economy; and I encourage all Australians to visit their go-to people in their communities and GO LOCAL FIRST.” Minister Hunt said.
“The Morrison Government’s Economic Recovery Plan has seen record exceptional economic growth compared to other countries during this pandemic, so it is important that we seize as many opportunities as possible and support those small businesses that are integral to our communities across the Mornington Peninsula.
“The GO LOCAL FIRST campaign has helped people in the Mornington Peninsula reconnect with and support small businesses during these difficult times, and I welcome the extension of the campaign for another 12 months”.
The campaign extension will build on the previous 2020 campaign, encouraging Australians to choose local small businesses when purchasing products and services to help support local jobs in communities across the Mornington Peninsula.
Research commissioned by COSBOA shows Australians see expediting our economic recovery and creating local jobs as the most important issues for the country, after managing the spread of the coronavirus.
GO LOCAL FIRST Spokesperson Mark McKenzie said that small businesses account for just over one-third of Australia’s GDP and a full economic recovery will not be possible without small local businesses creating jobs for their communities.
“We want to see Australians out there supporting their local grocers, butchers, and accountants, which in turn will allow them to employ locally and continue to be the fabric of their community.” Mr McKenzie said.
“While 2020 showed us that Australians are ready and willing to support their small local businesses, we still need local communities to stand by them and support them in job creation as we emerge from Australia’s first recession in three decades,”
The GO LOCAL FIRST campaign will be rolled out on outdoor, radio, TV, and digital advertising with a call to action to consumers to spend locally first to stimulate local job creation. It is an initiative supported by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.
For more information on the campaign or to be part of it, go to www.golocalfirst.com.au