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Residents encouraged to ‘shop local’ in Port Stephens

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Following some tough times for retailers over the past couple of years, Port Stephens residents are being encouraged to “shop local” this Christmas.

The plea comes after council research uncovered that for every $100 spent at a business in the LGA, about 60% of it remained in the community.

In comparison, for the same amount outlaid online, just $3.50 was estimated to benefit the local economy.

So, with the festive season well and truly upon us, mayor Ryan Palmer hopes people will spread the cheer by shopping local and keeping their hard-earned dollars in Port Stephens.

“It makes a huge impact all around,” he said.

“When you shop local, each dollar you spend is a vote for local business, local jobs and local people.

“That’s why we’re keen to work with Port Stephens retailers this Christmas.

“It doesn’t matter if you want to buy a surfboard, a dining experience, a voucher for a whale watching experience or some cowboy boots.

“It’s all available in Port Stephens.

“And, don’t forget the Visitor Information Centre in Nelson Bay offers a unique selection of locally-made artisan products where you can grab that one-of-a-kind gift.

“It’s fantastic to see so many retailers across the LGA jump on board and promote this campaign again.”

The initiative was given the thumbs up by Wendy Pitcher, of Buckin’Boots in Raymond Terrace.

“We love seeing new customers and their faces when they see the variety of product we stock,” she said.

“We’ve got you covered from head to toe with Western fashion – hats, boots and more.

“Plus, Raymond Terrace is a great location to shop.

“There is plenty of free parking, fantastic coffee and a terrific range of places to stop and eat.”

Cr Palmer said Port Stephens Council was committed to creating vibrant places across the LGA.

“We have an array of great events happening to spread the cheer this season,” he stated.

“From the lighting of Christmas trees, carols, carnivals and even an Augmented Reality Christmas Hunt, there’s something for everyone.

“So, while you’re in town for these activities, make sure you shop local and soak up the festive atmosphere.”

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