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.