Forget time consuming trips to the city or the gamble that is online shopping, everything you need can be found in town and there's more than a few good reasons to shop locally too.
For starters, your spending will help boost the local economy, keeping money in the area and continuing to strengthen the area's economic base, which benefits the whole community.
It's also ethical. By shopping locally you are helping to build the community.
Studies show that when you spend $100 locally, $73 stays in the area, compared to just $43 at a chain retailer.
That's money that could support your local community groups and families.
Top 8 reasons to shop and stay local
- Keep our community unique - Locally owned businesses cater to the cultural base of the neighbourhood it serves
- Get better service - Local businesses tend to hire people with knowledge of the products they sell and provide better service
- Reduce environmental impact - Locally owned businesses are usually found in thriving neighbourhoods
- Invest in community - Local business owners live in the community they serve
- Create more jobs - It provide jobs for residents
- Encourage local prosperity - Research indicates entrepreneurs and experienced workers will more likely live and invest in communities that preserve the characteristics of locally owned businesses.
- Put taxes to good use - Local business anchors neighbourhood infrastructure. Because they don't outsource, dollars are recycled back into the community.
- Buy what you want - Local businesses find a need and fill it. Product selection is based on community wants.
The Groom family of Cleveland have ran the Stradbroke Flyer water taxi service for 34 years transporting passengers across Moreton Bay and they rely on local support.
Passengers include day trippers, tourists planning a holiday stay and locals on their regular commutes.
The water taxi departs the island from One Mile Jetty in Dunwich hourly, arriving at Toondah Harbour in Cleveland and the trip takes approximately 25 minutes.
The Grooms pride themselves for being family owned and operated with strong ties to the area they have lived in their whole lives.
The family actively work for the Stradbroke Flyer water taxi service along with 15 employees, pitching in to do whatever job is needed.