The message to buy local or say bye to local businesses has been reinforced this week with the launch of a new campaign.
Dubbo Regional Council has started a #buylocalorbyelocal competition to give Wellington shoppers the chance to share in $5000.
To take part, shoppers need to spend a minimum of $20 from any participating business in Wellington, complete an entry ticket and drop it into an entry box.
The receipt for that purchase also needs to be kept as proof-of-purchase.
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All Wellington-based businesses have been invited to participate and they'll all have an entry box available.
There are 10 myDubbo Region shopping cards up for grabs for the winners.
Wellington Business Chamber president Jessica Gough has seen the impact the campaign can have.
"It's really good to see council backing Wellington and encouraging the local businesses to encourage more spend in their own businesses and keep it local," Ms Gough said.
"Two of my shops went in it last year and we noticed significant sales. It's also a good opportunity to get your staff to upsell, get them to push over that $20 mark."
Tom Simpson from Quains Liquor said the buy local initiative also gave him an opportunity to start a conversation with his customers about the benefits of supporting a local business.
Mr Simpson said it was really easy for customers to opt in to the competition and the value back was clear.
The #buylocalorbyelocal campaign was raised as a must have earlier in the year by mayor Ben Shields' Regional Economic Recovery Taskforce.
"The success of the 2019 program proved that by working together to deliver a comprehensive marketing campaign and competition, there was an increased awareness of goods and services available to purchase from Wellington-based businesses and subsequently, an increase in local spending," Mr Shields said.
"Residents were also rewarded for shopping locally - this year's program has been opened up to include more businesses, giving more people a chance to submit their entry, and support even more local businesses."
The competition is under way and runs until Sunday, March 28.
For the full terms and conditions head online to visitwellington.com.au.
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