Chinchilla businesses show their town pride
LOCAL businesses are getting in on the action surrounding the 2018 'Town Proud, Buy Local' initiative.
Chinchilla is well known for its hard working, small businesses, which play a vital role in the region's proud history as well as its strong future.
The initiative provides an opportunity to champion those local businesses, with one of the region's residents ultimately benefiting most.
One lucky shopper is set to win a $5000 shopping spree at Betta Home Living in the major raffle prize.
A business participating in the campaign this year that knows well the pride associated with small business achievements is Mini Motors Chinchilla.
Co-owner Dianne Hammermeister said the motorbike store was "celebrating 50 years here in Chinchilla this year”.
"My husband and I have been with the business since 2005 and we hope we can keep serving the community for as long as we possibly can,” she said.
"Town Proud helps the people of Chinchilla keep their money local and gives them something to look forward to at Christmas time.”
Mrs Hammermeister said the campaign also worked to debunk the misconceptions plaguing small town business.
"Shopping locally is closer than driving to Dalby or Toowoomba and the majority of time we can try to match prices with those guys and get it here overnight,” she said.
"You are not always going to get everybody, there are always going to be those people who shop out of town but you know - you do what you can.”
Another business aware of this struggle and also participating in the CCCI initiative again this year is Bridgestone Tyre.
Part-owner Lorna Rinehart said the campaign reaped rewards for Chinchilla simply by starting a conversation.
"Last year, we found people asked us questions about what it was all about and it promoted interest from our customers in what was happening in the community,” Mrs Rinehart said.
"It's nice to have a variety of businesses here in town and keep them operating but, obviously without local support, it's not going to happen.”
Mrs Rinehart said by getting involved, the town could keep local businesses prospering.
"It's a crying shame that speciality stores, like the toy store, has closed down,” she said.
Any local businesses who would like to take part in the 'Town Proud, Buy Local' campaign are encouraged to contact Gaye Smith at the CCCI at 0422501360.