Shop, play and stay local!

Blue Mountains City Council is urging residents to spend at least an extra $20 a week locally in 2020, to help the City recover after bush fires.

The Love Local campaign, launched 13 January 2020, aims to recoup money lost to the local economy after visitors stayed away over the traditionally busy Christmas New Year period, due to bush fires in the upper Blue Mountains.  

Media Release: Love Local Blue Mountains' businesses after bush fire

Over the next year Council will feature specific villages each month, using media channels, to encourage locals (as well as those further afield) to visit the City.

If each adult in the Blue Mountains spends an extra $20 a week locally, then the local economy will increase by up to $92 million* in one year thanks to a multiplier effects. 

In the first instance we need our residents to spend more money locally. As this campaign progresses, we’ll be asking our neighbouring councils to promote the concept, as well as councils throughout Western Sydney.

How to love your local town/village

It doesn’t have to be a lot of money, or even something you wouldn’t normally do. Shop at your local butcher or fruit shop. Go out to a meal locally, or stay somewhere in the Blue Mountains for a night instead of going away.

Or, decide to be a visitor in your own City, and visit those local attractions you’ve always planned to visit but never have. Now’s the time! Our local businesses need your support. 

Get involved

You can also support your local businesses by sharing the Love Local campaign on social media, and using the hashtags #lovelocal #lovelocalbluemountains and #anextra20in2020.  We need as many locals, as possible, to participate.

For more information on support for small businesses affected by bush fires click here.

*The predicted figure has been taken from REMPLAN.