People urged to spend locally

RESIDENTS in the Sale area are being encouraged to shop locally this Christmas and support the community.

Sale Business and Tourism Association executive officer Naomi Cranston said the Sale area had everything from local produce to accommodation.

“We have award-winning restaurants, cafés and hotels to help you celebrate the festive season; why not round up the family and friends for an easy night out?” she said.

She said celebrating Christmas at home could also strengthen local businesses.

“During this holiday season why not fill your table with locally grown meat, dairy and produce, by choosing to support our local butchers, delis and fruiterers; you are also supporting our local farmers and suppliers,” Ms Cranston said.

“Great gifts can be found at our range of unique boutique stores from the best clothing and home wares to fantastic local made goods and everything in between.

“Perhaps a voucher from one of our luxurious hair or beauty salons for a delightful pamper or floral treats from our talented florists.”

After Christmas, she suggests going out to see Gippsland’s many attractions.

“Relax and unwind in many of our local tourist destinations, with great camping spots, comfy accommodation and stunning sights to see.

“Holiday locally and not only beat the traffic but see more of what makes our little part of the world wonderful.”

Ms Cranston said that spending money in Gippsland could help so many people indirectly.

“By doing any or all of these things you can help keep money in our local community, support local jobs and help provide future jobs, help the environment, benefit from local expertise and help make our community a destination.

“By spending just an extra $100 each locally, we could make a massive difference in our community and local economy.”