Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk instructed Queenslanders to “stay in your village” during the Easter break, now Moreton Bay Regional Council wants you to “shop in your village”.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery says it is surprisingly easy, thanks to transformations undertaken by industrious local businesses to keep trading throughout COVID-19 restrictions.
“While some local businesses have gone into hibernation, many are continuing to trade,” Cr Flannery says.
“They need your help to survive this period and we will need those businesses on the other side of this pandemic to rebuild our community.”
It’s an issue he’ll discuss with councillors at their meeting on April 29.
“Independent local businesses are more likely to use local suppliers, hire locals, and create local opportunities. And this is so important for the health of our local economies across the region by injecting a cashflow when it’s most needed,” Cr Flannery says.
“Local businesses are embracing the #moretonbaytough mantra, they’re innovating day-by-day to keep their doors open and keep serving our community. Bribie Island RSL is now offering free home delivery for dinners and pre-ordered lunches, which is invaluable for the island’s elderly and at-risk residents.
“The Golden Ox restaurant at Margate has shown, after 43 years of business, it can still adapt to the current times by introducing a new online and phone order menu.
“World Gym Burpengary is helping locals stay healthy at home by offering fresh and frozen meals with minimal calories.”
Council is heeding its own advice by ensuring it shops locally wherever it possibly can.
“We’re keeping the bulk of our existing contracts, while also hiring new employees and providers for new work that we’ve accelerated to stimulate the economy,” Cr Flannery explains.
“One example of this is our monthly spend on our many regular suppliers such as Peninsula Auto Spares who helps us with parts for maintenance of our more than 1000 heavy and light fleet vehicles.
“We recently printed 950 corflutes and 1000 stickers from three different printing and sign companies from Caboolture to Strathpine. These will be used for various coronavirus-related messaging in public spaces.
In addition to this, Cr Flannery says the council is looking to hire new temporary staff in the asset maintenance team to work on various labour jobs on parks and roads.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg for what council is doing to ensure locals have jobs through these testing times, but we know ratepayers are #moretonbaytough and we’ll get through this together,” he says.
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