Editor: Brent Rees
Editor: Brent Rees

Buy local and help our region

SINCE Christmas, this has been steadily building.

Our local economy is in strife and there’s no way to sidestep talking or writing about it. It’s not a comfortable subject, but it’s real.

The failure of Perle Constructions alone ripped $1.6m from the hands of local people, Club Coffs’ move to voluntary administration sapped our confidence and 16 small businesses have folded in the past six weeks. Who can put a rosy glow on that?

If your hip pocket isn’t telling you so already, we believe it’s in the best interests of every Coffs Coast resident to be aware of what’s going on so we’re all empowered to do something about it – together.

Only by discussing openly what so many people are saying privately can we recover as a community. If we all share the burden by buying local and supporting local businesses and producers, we can arrest the slide. Doing nothing, saying nothing, is naive and from our point of view as the loudest media voice in town, it would be irresponsible not to tackle the issue head on.

Optimists say February is a traditionally slow month and things will be okay. We hope they are right, of course. This year, the flood money has dried up and so have the government stimulus packages. We’re on our own and we need to take charge.

And the irony is not lost on us that we have reached this tipping point on the very day we launched a competition to win $1 million!

 





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