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Emma McBride supporting local giftshop, Scout & Trader at Wyong. Emma McBride supporting local giftshop, Scout & Trader at Wyong.
20 December 2021 Posted by 

Emma's message for Coasties: Shop LOCAL this Christmas

IT’S the most wonderful time of the year. Andy Williams got it right when he released his hit Christmas song in 1963.
It is the most wonderful time of the year. The lights, the decorations, the festive cheer. 
It’s a time when we all come together to celebrate. But this year, it’s more important than ever for us to come together and support small business.
Small businesses are the heart of our community and the lifeblood of our economy, and they’ve had it tough lately. 
That’s why I’m encouraging Coasties to shop local this Christmas. 
Usually, when the Christmas rush hits, people head to the big department stores. 
They’re after the perfect gift for their loved ones, food for the holidays or just one last look around stores before the big day arrives. 
But there are 24,000 small businesses on the Central Coast who may have exactly what you’re looking for. 
The Wyong Milk Factory sells delicious hand-made Belgium chocolates. The perfect gift for a chocolate lover. 
Herbies Spices offers a huge range of culinary herbs, spices and unique blends. Perfect for someone who loves to cook. 
Experiences also make a great Christmas gift, especially if you’re looking for something to do with the kids during the holidays.
In that case, I’d highly recommend a trip to the Australian Reptile Park. They have lots of options for the whole family. 
And, they’ve recently received a number of accolades at the Central Coast Business Awards. 
They were recognised for Outstanding Business Leader, Excellence in Micro Business, Excellence in Innovation and Employer of Choice. 
This is an incredible achievement, and a testament to the business community right across the Coast. 
Our small businesses have so much to offer. You just need to know where to look. So, this Christmas make sure you buy local.
Instead of buying gifts online, go out into our community and see what you can find. 
That’s what business owners want to see this time of year. They want to see customers coming through the doors, and they want to give them the best Christmas possible. 
And in return, we can help them have a great Christmas too. 
Let’s bring out that Christmas spirit to see out the rest of the year, and let’s support small business during the holidays in any way we can. 
If we do, we can truly make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year. 
Emma McBride is the Federal Member for Dobell. Visit: www.emmamcbride.com.au


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