Muswellbrook presentation, networking event focusing on practical ways to encourage people to shop locally

MUSWELLBROOK Shire businesses, charity groups and interested residents have an opportunity to find out more about the We LIVE Here local investment cards.

Council will host a presentation and networking event at the Muswellbrook RSL Club on Wednesday, March 27, from 6pm.

While the concept has been welcomed in the Upper Hunter, in both Muswellbrook and Scone, Why Leave Town promotions' operations and innovation manager Ashley Watt will look at practical ways to encourage people to shop locally.

Participants will learn about the success of the program in other regional towns and, more importantly, the issues facing small-to-medium businesses across Australia from a shop local perspective.

We LIVE Here gift cards, a joint initiative of Upper Hunter Shire and Muswellbrook Shire councils, are now available to be purchased and used to buy goods and services at participating businesses.

The cards help keep money in the local area assisting many businesses that have felt the financial impact of the drought, and allowing charities to give financial support to farmers and others in need, who can then decide how they use it.

The presentation will be followed by a networking opportunity to provide feedback.

Light refreshments and appetizers will be served from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

The event is free but bookings are essential to secure a seat and for catering purposes.

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This event is funded by the federal government's Drought Communities Program.