Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomes the 12 month extension of the GO LOCAL FIRST campaign to urge Australians to buy from small businesses in our community to strengthen our local economy and create local jobs.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting global economic downturn hit the small businesses in the Barker community we all know and love, far harder than large businesses,” Mr Pasin said.

The GO LOCAL FIRST campaign, first launched in July 2020, is an initiative coordinated by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA). It will run throughout 2021 and into next year, highlighting the vital role small business plays in our nation’s economy, in keeping communities thriving and creating local jobs.

“The GO LOCAL FIRST campaign has helped people in our local community understand the importance of supporting small businesses during these difficult times, and I welcome the extension of the campaign for another 12 months”. Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said now more than ever Australian small businesses need local communities to back them and support their recovery by choosing to shop with them either in person or online.

“Australians know when they make the choice to go to their local small businesses, they are supporting their local community, this is all the more important in regional communities” Mr Pasin said.

The ‘Go Local First’ in Barker campaign features the support of numerous small businesses from across the electorate including cafes, chemists, retailers, trades, hairdressers, butchers, accountants and bookkeepers, which in turn will allow them to employ locally and continue to be the fabric of their community.

“I really enjoy dropping into the small businesses throughout the electorate to promote this campaign and look forward to continuing this for the next 12 months.” Mr Pasin said.

The campaign extension will build on the success achieved throughout 2020 in encouraging Australians to choose local small businesses when purchasing products and services to help support local jobs in every community in Barker.

“While 2020 showed us that Australians are ready and willing to support their small local businesses, we still need local communities to stand by them and support them in job creation as we emerge from Australia’s first recession in three decades,” Mr Pasin said.

The GO LOCAL FIRST campaign will be rolled out on outdoor, radio, TV, and digital advertising with a call to action to consumers to spend locally first to stimulate local job creation. It is an initiative supported by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

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