Local businesses urged to be part of new buy local gift card program

Published on Friday, 10 September 2021 at 1:59:42 PM

Buy Local Greater Geraldton Gift Card

Picture Caption: Local businesses celebrate signing up for the City’s Buy Local Greater Geraldton Gift Card initiative.

Geraldton’s biggest ever buy local campaign is here and it comes in the form of an innovative ‘Greater Geraldton Gift Card’ program.

An initiative of the City of Greater Geraldton, the new program is set to boost the local economy, enrich the community – all while supporting our locally owned and operated businesses.

The City is now calling on local businesses to sign up and be part of the program, something Mayor Shane Van Styn said would be hugely beneficial for local stores.

“Every time you spend money at a locally owned and operated business, we all benefit,” he said.

“Spending locally not only has a positive impact on our local economy, but it helps to create local jobs and it enriches the community.

“So we are encouraging our local businesses to join this fantastic program as redemption stores and help us spread the word!”

The three-year program is made possible through generous funding from Rio Tinto and support from the Midwest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, IGA Group, Mitchell and Brown and GWN7.

Buy Local Greater Geraldton Gift Cards are an EFTPOS based community gift card system which promotes spending in Greater Geraldton, so that money stays in our community and contributes to economic growth.

The Gift Cards, which look like credit cards, will be available for purchase at local “Load Up Stores” which include Mitchell and Brown, all Cellarbrations and IGA stores under the local IGA Group.

The cards can then be spent on goods or services at participating stores in Greater Geraldton, and the City is currently signing up locally owned and operated businesses to become redemption stores.

“A huge thank you goes to Rio Tinto, the Midwest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, GWN7, Mitchell and Brown and the IGA Group,” Mayor Van Styn added.

“Without the support from these amazing businesses, we wouldn’t have been able to get this off the ground.”

An Information Sundowner was held last week which saw more than 20 businesses already hop aboard including Skeetas, Sportsfirst, Hogs Breath, Athletes Foot and Nature’s Choice.

The program is aimed at locally owned and operated businesses and locally owned franchises, and will launch at the end of September.

There is no cost for a qualifying business to sign up and be a part of this program and businesses can easily register online now.

For more information, FAQs and everything you need to know about how the cards work, head to www.cgg.wa.gov.au/buylocal

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