Hello and good buy: Ready to begin the big local spending push

LAUNCH: The committee's Gary Mawhood, Wayne Barker, Ros Hammond, Helen Lowe, Kerri-ann Mawhood, Katie Maher and Warwick Mawhood.
LAUNCH: The committee's Gary Mawhood, Wayne Barker, Ros Hammond, Helen Lowe, Kerri-ann Mawhood, Katie Maher and Warwick Mawhood.

BUSINESS owners were at the Oberon RSL Club on Tuesday night for the launch of the Buy Local Oberon 2019 campaign.

They received packages containing voucher tickets, posters and information sheets for the campaign, which aims to keep spending local as the drought bites hard.

A telling statistic on the night was that $1 spent in town will go around three to four times.

The Buy Local Oberon 2019 campaign is an initiative of a small committee formed under the guidance of Oberon Business and Tourism Association (OBTA).

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OBTA president Helen Lowe said she approached the committee members and they all jumped on board to help her organise "and get the ball rolling, so to speak".

Mrs Lowe said they wanted to keep it simple, so every $25 spent in one location receives a voucher.

"But this is up to the discretion of the business. If someone comes into your establishment and purchases a coffee every day, well, that deserves a voucher at the end of the week," she said.

"All businesses have a flexibility to move - there are no hard and fast rules.

"I encourage anyone shopping to ask for the vouchers as this will encourage others to join this fantastic promotion.

"Local retail, trade and service providers have been affected by the drought and they are aiming to get the community to support these businesses in the lead-up to Christmas."

Oberon Council's tourism and economic development manager Mathew Webb congratulated OBTA and the volunteers for putting the campaign together.

"It's great timing before the school holidays and leading up to Christmas," he said. "This is a great platform to start with to keep the money in town."

Also at the launch was Vicki Seccombe from the NSW Business Chamber, who extended her congratulations to the committee.

Ms Seccombe said that if $1 is spent, it is known to go around three to four times.

"A campaign like this also changes people's buying habits," she said.

"I know you do not have to be a member of OBTA to participate, but I strongly suggest you do to have a voice on retail and tourism into the future."

There's a total $5500 in Oberon dollars to win - first prize is $3000, second $1000, third $500 and there are 20 prizes of $50. The draw will take place on Friday, December 13.

Mrs Lowe said if anyone wants more information on the campaign or extra vouchers, they can contact anyone on the committee.