Go local, it’s the only way to go

A CAMPAIGN to put local businesses in the Derwent Valley first when buying has been launched.

The Derwent Valley Council is calling on the community to embrace the Go Local First campaign.

Mayor Michelle Dracoulis said going local first would help get the economy back on its feet, keep more locals in jobs and more money in the local community.

“From your local electrician, butcher, florist, market stall, cafe or pub, the Derwent Valley is lucky to have some excellent small businesses and small business owners,’’ Mrs Dracoulis said.
“Aiming to shop local first wherever possible will support these businesses and keep your money in the Valley, which is an important thing for the local economy.”

Businesses have been invited to sign up to take part in this initiative and be showcased on Council’s website and a dedicated Go Local First Derwent Valley Facebook page.

One local business owner who has jumped on board is Stacey Aldous, owner of Freedom Health and Wellness in New Norfolk.

With 13 years of operating locally under her belt, she said being part of and supported by the local community, meant everything to her business.

“Although people will drive from New Norfolk to Hobart to access services, people generally don’t travel from Hobart to New Norfolk, so we are completely reliant on the local community to survive,’’ Ms Aldous said.
“Over these years, Freedom has grown from just me providing health and wellbeing services to now having eight amazing trainers, who are all local community members.
“Both my mum and dad had businesses in New Norfolk, so now it’s my turn to serve our community.’’

Mrs Dracoulis said the campaign wasn’t just for retail businesses with a shop front.

“Whether you’re a local business that operates on High Street, a sole trader with an online business from home in Maydena, a local tradie in Magra or a service provider in Granton, we encourage you to sign up for the Go Local First campaign,’’ she said.
“Let Council provide some support for your business, and showcase what an amazing array of local talent we have.”

Businesses are invited to complete the expression of interest form available at Council’s website.