Try Local Finishes - 07/10/2020

The Try Local $100 voucher initiative officially came to an end last week.

Our aim with Try Local cash was to inject as much money as quickly as possible into our local businesses that took a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the two months that it operated more than $500,000 Try Local cash was spent at 125 local businesses.

This is an average of $4000 per business – a fantastic boost to their income and to our local economy.

I would like to thank the Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce & Industry who have been looking at ways to encourage local people to support local businesses for a long period and partnered with the City, both in the App’s development and by doing all the backroom work of processing the payments.

I would also like to thank Rio Tinto who funded development of the App and partnered with us in this initiative.

According to the final statistics, purchasing a nice cut of meat from the butcher or stocking up on camping and fishing supplies were the most popular Try Local spending choices but overall there was a diverse range of businesses that benefited from the scheme.

Along with the positive response from local businesses, community spirit has been on full display as people embraced the concept, with some even using the $100 voucher to buy supplies and make donations to local volunteer run community groups.

The success of this initiative finally relied upon the community getting involved and I would like to thank you sincerely for taking part. Together we have given local businesses a much deserved shot in the arm.

Let us hope the impacts of COVID-19 continue to recede and we can all get back to our normal lives as soon as possible.