Tasmanians have been urged to buy locally this Christmas and support Tasmanian jobs. Premier, Lara Giddings, this week joined Ed Harry from Les Lees to launch a campaign to be run online and across social media in the lead-up to the festive season.
Tasmanians have been encouraged to download and distribute posters and flyers with the pledge: “This Christmas I am shopping locally to support Tasmanian jobs. Are you?”
Ms Giddings urged Tasmanians to support local retailers in order to provide jobs and important economic stimulus for the State
“Tasmania is renowned for its unique and high quality products which offer something for everyone and all budgets. The world is lining up to buy Tasmania’s quality produce but Tasmanian families can have many of these products on their Christmas table at only a fraction of the cost, simply by shopping locally,” Ms Giddings said.
“Nothing can compete with the experience of friendly advice and good customer service but the most important thing about shopping locally is that you are also supporting Tasmanian jobs. I’m proud of what our State has to offer and that’s why I am launching this campaign” she added.
Edward Harry, a representative of the Australian Retailers Association, encouraged all Tasmanians to jump on board the worthwhile campaign.
“Over the Christmas period our staff will take up additional shifts and overtime, but to do this we rely on Tasmanians shopping locally. Local businesses statewide employ local people, support local communities and pay rates and taxes to provide funding for schools, hospitals and community services,” Mr Harry said.
“We pride ourselves on offering very competitive pricing and customer service that is second to none. While times are challenging in the retail sector at the moment, we are hopeful of a turn-around in the months ahead. I wholeheartedly endorse the message of this campaign and encourage Tasmanians to support their local retailers,” he added.
To get involved in the campaign visit the Premier’s Facebook page or use the #shoplocaltas hashtag on Twitter.