BUY RIGHT: Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Cr Vanessa Ekins love locally produced products.
BUY RIGHT: Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Cr Vanessa Ekins love locally produced products. Marc Stapelberg

Shopping locally makes dollars and sense

LISMORE City mayor Jenny Dowell and fellow councillor Vanessa Ekins have some standing orders for the region's locals this Christmas - go local.

"We're challenging Northern Rivers residents to shop local this Christmas for all their Christmas shopping," Cr Dowell said.

Yesterday they were showing off their locally made silk bags, Lismore-branded water bottles, and locally bought reusable coffee cups, shoes, tea towels, candles and much more.

And everything they were wearing, right down to their underwear, was locally bought.

A favoured tradition of the councillors is the Saturday morning "blockie", a walk around the CBD shopping block.

"It's lots of fun... there's shady streets, interesting shops. You know the names of the people in the shops. It's a really social and pleasant shopping experience," Cr Ekins said.

"A Saturday morning blockie is de rigueur," Cr Dowell said.

With a dollar spent locally slushing around in the community for between three and nine more transactions, local spending is a valuable way to invest in the local economy.

Paul Waters, from Byron United, echoed the shop local call from Lismore, but took it one step further.

"In a town like Byron we pride ourselves on things that are locally produced... when you're filling up your Christmas stocking or a hamper, look for locally grown or locally produced products as well," Mr Waters said.

Local foods fit for a Christmas hamper include hams from Bangalow Sweet Pork, Madura Tea, Brookfarm Macadamia Muesli, and wines from Imogen's Winery.



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