Buy Local - it does make a difference
December 05, 2017 at 3:53 PM
It’s a common message that’s getting a fresh push as the Wheatbelt Development Commission works to raise awareness of opportunities for local business in the Region through the State Government’s Local Content Officer Program.
The Local Content Officer will develop, promote and maximise opportunities for local suppliers, contractors and jobseekers in the regions by connecting to relevant government, industry, businesses, Aboriginal Corporations, employment and training stakeholders.
The Program aims to increase regional businesses’ knowledge, skills and capability to capture regional opportunities as per the Building Local Industry Policy and to increase the portion of State Government and Industry contracts secured by regional contractors and businesses.
Why Local Matters
The Wheatbelt Business Network conducted a study of 16 businesses in Corrigin, Narembeen, Hyden, Kondinin and Kulin to discover the value of every dollar spent locally. They looked at the cost of an average shopping basket and the value of shopping locally was equal to or better than the city.
The study estimated that for every $1.00 spent locally, it had a multiplying effect of $1.86. As an example, a small business employs local people and will also utilise local electricians, plumbers and other local suppliers and businesses as required.