The following article was written by Jim Gainsford and originally published Wednesday July 17 2019 by The St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. The following text has been captured using computer software and may not be 100% accurate. You can download a high resolution scan of the original publication HERE.
ST GEORGE Chamber of Commerce will partner Bayside and Georges River Councils in a Buy Local Campaign to boost businesses within the local government area. Mayor Bill Saravinovksi praised the initiative in a Mayoral Minute at last week's Bayside Council meeting. Cr Saravinovski said under the Buy Local campaign, the council will seek to increase the number of local purchasing transactions it makes in its day-to-day business. Georges River Council will also partner with the chamber on the Buy Local initiative. Councillor Saravinovski presented the St George Business Chamber board with a copy of the Mayoral Minute praising the Buy Local campaign initiative. St George Chamber of Commerce president Allan Zreik said the official launch of the Buy Local Campaign has been set for September 10. "We anticipate this will be one of the biggest and much-needed initiatives for local businesses that the St George Area has seen in decades," Mr Zreik said. "We are set to kick off our marketing campaign within weeks. "We are particularly excited as this campaign will cover quite a large area from Cooks River to Georges River representing almost 14,000 businesses - in the Bayside Council Local GovernmentArea as well as 16,000 businesses in the Georges River Local Government, representing over five percent of the NSW Gross Domes tic Product." Cr Saravinovski said that under the Buy Local campaign, the council will partner with St George Chamber of Commerce to shine a light on local traders and uncover some of Bayside's hidden retail gems: "Buying Local is a fundamentally important part of creating strong economies and even stronger communities," Cr Saravinovksi said. "Every dollar that leaves Bayside is largely lost to our community, while every dollar spent within our boundaries gets spent over and over again. "A Buy Local campaign will aim to stimulate local job creation, boost local economy and inject money directly into our communities. "Our local shopping precincts are community hubs, employment hubs and meeting places, each playing a critical role in building thriving communities where people live, work and enjoy their local area. "In recognising the contribution that local businesses make to building stronger communities, I support the establishment of a Buy Local campaign in partnership with the St George Chamber of Commerce. Post evaluation of a successful campaign, roll out the program should be discussed with our other Chambers' retail areas," he said.