As Australians prepare to spend around $50 billion in the six week lead-up to Christmas
Day, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, and Federal Member
for McPherson the Hon Karen Andrews MP, has urged Gold Coast locals to shop
small in our community.
“The coming month is when many Gold Coast businesses take risks, make investments and
employ more locals in the hope that the upswing in Christmas retail trade makes
it all possible,” Minister Andrews said.
“From the many local stores that have unique gifts and must-haves for family and friends,
to small businesses that sell the groceries necessary for the festive season,
there is nothing we need this Christmas that Gold Coast small businesses don’t
Minister Andrews said many of the Gold Coast’s small businesses employ those looking for
casual work including young people during the Christmas season.
“Christmas provides a vital injection of cash and confidence into our local economy and a
chance to help our small businesses employ more locals – particularly young
people – to keep money in the Gold Coast.
Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack is also calling on Gold Coast
residents this Christmas to think local and shop small.
“Through your support and the hard work of millions of Aussies and their
small businesses, this can be a merry Christmas for local jobs and for our
communities,” Mr McCormack said.