Published on Jul 27, 2021

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Times have been tough over the past couple of years for businesses and our community has been through it all with the fires, floods and COVID-19. However, one hugely positive outcome from all this is our unrelenting community spirit. We can do anything when we work together.

In our efforts to stimulate the economy, Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development team have created a series of competitions designed to encourage locals to support their local businesses.

With 10 campaigns planned from July 2021 there will be $5000 in prizes to be won including gift cards, restaurant and accommodation vouchers, hampers and more.

Cessnock City Council is a BIG customer when it comes to doing business and we LOVE to buy locally!

Advance Greater Cessnock and partners have worked collectively and are very excited to announce the latest Support Local Campaign.

Support Local is an initiative of Advance Greater Cessnock in partnership with local Chambers and Associations establishing greater support and promotion of local businesses within the community.

Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Manager Tony Chadwick says, “Locals supporting locals is all about working together. It’s about shopping and buying local; as well as hiring local talent – it’s about keeping doors open! When we support local, every member of the community gets to enjoy the economic, social and environmental benefits; not just now, but well into the future.”

“To ensure the success of the campaign we need YOU, our community to work collectively with Advance and partners to bring about change!”

The year long promotion will cover many styles of local businesses including retail, wine, trusted tradies, accommodation, tourism, beauty, hairdressing, childcare and education, restaurants and health, medical and sporting stores.

To enter find our Advance Greater Cessnock Facebook account @advancecessnock or visit the website for more information.

For local business owners there is also a Support Local Campaign Toolkit that is able to be downloaded from the above website which is designed to encourage your own creative ideas.

You can easily access the images and logos, and supplement the main campaign with your own messages on your website, social media, mobile advertising and even on local radio or television commercials.

Remember you can enter as many times as you like for a greater chance! And Tag or Share to your family and friends so they can enter too!