Local retailers are encouraged to list their details on the NSW government's Buy Regional hub, which is connecting city shoppers with rural small businesses in the lead-up to the Christmas buying rush.
The Buy Regional campaign is an online hub that showcases regional shops and sellers in one place, to make it easy for shoppers to find the perfect Christmas gift and support regional NSW.
Sydneysiders are encouraged to visit nsw.gov.au/buyregional and browse six categories, Wine, Fashion, Food, Gifts for Kids, Art & Design and Christmas Hampers, to find gifts for their friends and family.
Regional businesses can participate in the Buy Regional hub and social media network for free, so people wanting to help can give retailers in drought-stricken areas the present they want most this Christmas - customers.
We've recently seen the great success of online communities like #buyfromthebush and the NSW government's Buy Regional hub is bringing all of these fantastic initiatives together to provide an easy-to-browse directory of regional businesses.
The Buy Regional hub includes information to help local businesses create an online presence, but there's no reason why you can't list your details and take orders over the phone or via email.
The Buy Regional for Christmas hub is at: nsw.gov.au/buyregional.
Supporting multicultural projects
Grant funding worth $600,000 is available for multicultural projects in NSW. There are so many organisations who work in the heart of our community to support newcomers and break barriers to participation.
The NSW government's Celebrating Diversity Grants program supports projects that will increase grassroots community participation in all aspects of our society.
This round of grants is from March 1, 2020 until February 28, 2021. Applications will close 5pm, Friday, December 6, 2019.
For more information and to apply for the NSW government's Celebrating Diversity Grants, see: https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants/about_grants or contact my office on 6584 0977.