STAND TOGETHER: Dalby Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rohan May shares his insight into the benefits of shopping locally with other Dalby business representatives.
STAND TOGETHER: Dalby Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rohan May shares his insight into the benefits of shopping locally with other Dalby business representatives. Emily Bradfield

Dry times means it's high time to support locals

LOCALS supporting locals has never been so important in Dalby, as the drought tightens its grasp on our community.

This week businesses proudly put up their banners for the launch of the annual Think Local, Love Dalby kicked encouraging local shoppers to keep their money in town.

Dalby Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rohan May said the three-month campaign leading into the Christmas period is about supporting the people who live, work and have families in Dalby.

"It's about supporting your neighbour and your local community, the local businesses are the ones that support the local community and it's just a virtuous circle when people buy local, because that money stays local,” Mr May said.

"If you shop locally with businesses, their kids go to school here, they sponsor the local netball team or football team, they make their purchases locally. If you shop online, that money leaves the area and we never see the economic benefit.”

Mr May said the annual Think Local, Love Dalby has been well received over the years, and has helped improve the attitude towards shopping locally.

"Those Think Local banners make people stop and think about what they're doing ... every cent we spend in town means it goes to local employees and local business who go and spend that money in town.

"Now more than ever it is so important to stand together as a community and shop local and buy local and stand by each other.”

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the campaign is a reminder that the flow on affects during drought also hurts businesses too.

"It's not just farmers who hurt through drought - it's also small businesses in the communities that support them and it's more important now than ever to support local businesses,” he said.

"Buying locally not only keeps small business strong but creates job opportunities and that keeps our families and younger generations in rural areas.”

Western Downs Councillor Ian Rasmussen said the council is committed to buying and hiring local.

"Our goal is to source as much as possible from our own region and we're committed to putting our money where our mouth is,” he said.

"There are many benefits of buying local, including the creation of local employment opportunities, accessing support more easily, faster communication for contract management and ultimately, contributing to positive economic growth within the Western Downs region.”