Federal MP Scott Buchholz and Scenic Rim state MP Jon Krause have partnered with the Chambers of Commerce to launch the Buy Local Christmas 2021 campaign.
The campaign follows the success of a similar initiative in 2019, encouraging residents to buy local and provide a boost to the region following a few tough years of drought, bushfires, floods, and COVID-19.
This year there is a cash incentive up for grabs for those who shop locally.
Every purchase at a local business entered into the draw will give a chance to win $1000
Shoppers need only write their name and phone number on the back of a receipt, and drop it in a 'Buy Local Christmas 2021' box set up in various shops around the community to go in the draw. The boxes will be collected in early January and the draw will be mid-January.
Mr Buchholz said the Morrison government had delivered more than $28.5 billion in economic support to Queensland during the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect jobs and help businesses.
"But this Christmas, what we need is for local people to support local businesses - buy the locally made candle, a voucher to stay at one of our many fantastic accommodation venues, visit an eco-tourism park, dine locally and eat the array of locally grown produce.
"Doing all of this supports local businesses, local jobs and the local economy - and that makes our community stronger," he said.
Mr Krause said local businesses needed support, not only for the jobs they provided but for the contribution that so many gave back to the community through sponsorships and support for great causes.
"I will be doing my Christmas shopping locally, and I urge everybody to do the same - keep dollars in our communities - let's repay the support of small businesses with our dollars this Christmas," he said.
"Small businesses are the engine room of our electorate, driving innovation, employment and economic progress - the benefits of supporting local businesses and shopping locally cannot be underestimated.
"When you shop locally, your money stays locally, with one dollar spent at a local business returning up to five times that amount through employee wages, rates and the purchase of materials and supplies.
Receipt collection points include:
- Backroads Beaudesert
- Beaudesert Furniture Court
- Beaudesert News
- Beaudesert Tyre Store
- Coburn Sand & Gravel
- Jon Krause MP Office
- Lahey & Walker (North, South & Depot)
- Scenic Rim Discount Drug Store
- Scott Buchholz MP Office
- Wrights Jewellers
- Boonah Bi-Rite
- Boonah Farmcraft
- Boonah Furniture Court
- Duck Junction
- Maynards Store
- Scenic Rim Brewery
- Kalbar Farmcraft
- Butchery Canungra
- KD Antiques
- Lahey & Walker Canungra
- MountView Alpaca Farm
- My Country Escape
- Charlie & Me on the Walk
- Granny Mac's Fudge
- Lux & Gather
- Mumma Duck's Sweets & Treats
- Spice of Life Café
- Tamborine Mountain Visitor Centre
- Witchscents Organics