Spend in Glen Innes Highlands campaign launches

BUY LOCAL: Nic Ward at Grey Street Spare Parts is a participating business. With Moira Munro. Picture: Andrew Messenger.
BUY LOCAL: Nic Ward at Grey Street Spare Parts is a participating business. With Moira Munro. Picture: Andrew Messenger.

The annual buy-local campaign has kicked off once again.

Spend in Glen Innes Highlands convener Moira Munro distributed the final envelopes last Friday. The campaign kicked off yesterday, with over $10,000 in prize money up for grabs.

This year the plan is to hold eight draws of four $250 prizes.

You become eligible by purchasing $20 worth of products from a participating business are eligible to put their name in the draw. Last year's docket pile weighed 12 kilograms.

There's also a $500 draw. The catch is to win, you have to attend. If the winner doesn't front up within four minutes, the prize jackpots for the next week.

"The jackpot prize this year is to get people (to) actually be here," said Moira Munro.

The event's motto is simple: "If we keep the businesses going they support people getting jobs and that supports the community and it's about community."

This is the twelfth year of what used to be Spend in Glen. Last year they changed the name to Spend in Glen Innes Highlands to make the event feel more inclusive to outlying towns like Emmaville and Deepwater.

"We didn't get any businesses from Deepwater and Emmaville. Perhaps they didn't know we were trying to be inclusive!" she said in January. It will be a "longlong-term project" she said.

On Friday the group had managed to convince 50 businesses to take part, aiming towards 60 to match last year's mark of 57 businesses involved. There were still no takers from Deepwater or Emmaville.

The first draw will be held at the same time as Christmas in the Highlands, November 28.

Moira says she hopes the competition will convince people to check in local stores before going out of town or online.

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