LOCAL FOCUS: The Think Local, Love Dalby campaign kicked off this week, rewarding shoppers for choosing to support local.
LOCAL FOCUS: The Think Local, Love Dalby campaign kicked off this week, rewarding shoppers for choosing to support local. Nicole McDougall

Locals helping locals is key to campaign

THERE are many different facets to shopping locally and various benefits to be gained, not just for businesses but for the overall community.

Here are a few of the ways buying locally can help our community in the long run.

Support each other

For James Golder, buying locally is about supporting each other and coming out stronger as a result, particularly during the tough times.

"If the community shops local our local businesses are in a lot stronger position,” Mr Golder said.

"In times like now we're all in it together and if we all support each other I believe we can all come out the other end.”

The Friendly Societies Dispensary is one of many businesses around town doing their bit to give back to the community, through sponsorship of local events, sporting and cultural clubs.

"Non-profit organisations like sporting clubs, Lions Club and Rotary often ask for donations in regards to the events they put on and we can only do that if we make money and are profitable,” FSD chief execu- tive James Bannerman said.

"Without people shopping and using our business we're unable to commit to those sponsorships.

"We think it's important that the Dalby community support the businesses that support them back in return.”

Employ locals

Col Hunt from O'Sheas Windsor Hotel said shopping local was a crucial part of ensuring a strong community through local employment.

"Buying local helps to sustain local employment - if everybody goes to Toowoomba to buy then all the jobs go wherever people are buying,” he said.

"If we want to have a strong economy in the local town we need to do things that will help create local employment. A fully employed community is a healthy community.”

David Plumb from Johnson's Dalby Motor Group is one example of a local business making the effort to keep locals in jobs.

"We employ 20 people, which is 20 families in the community,” he said.

"It's important to shop local to keep everyone employed and provide future opportunity for our kids.”

Keep money in town

Delta Panels owner/director Lee Carmichael is a strong believer in looking locally before spending money out of town.

"It's important for our survival in the long term, if we don't support one another and we buy from out of town, eventually the people who we should be supporting can't survive and move on,” he said.

"We think locally and try to shop locally where we can, we always give local subcontractors the chance first - we just like to think we're doing the right thing, all the businesses around the place, we look after one another and that's the way it should be.”

Stayover by Ausco village manager Colin Ling is always thinking about how he can give back. "Everything we do, we think local, regarding recruitment, sponsorship, we find it important to put as much back into the local community as possible,” Mr Ling said. "We employ a lot of local contractors and staff... the more we put back in, the more I believe Dalby gives us.”