With the impact of drought and bushfires on rural and regional communities around Australia, many people have been looking for practical ways to support those communities.
There has been a gathering of support for people to buy from small businesses in the bush this Christmas.
Small businesses are a vital element of towns and communities in the bush and Christmas shopping dollars can make a world of difference to a small business in a country town doing it tough.
There are a range of great websites, blogs, social media accounts and online marketplaces that have sprung up, dedicated to showcasing goods and services from regional communities.
Here are some of the ways that people are supporting small businesses in the bush this Christmas.
- Buy Regional was set up by the NSW Government and highlights the vast array of goods and services from the drought-affected NSW region. You can buy direct from the producer or small business owner. Categories include wine and beer, clothing and apparel, food, toys, art and design, hampers, experiences, animal gifts, and wellbeing products. The hub features small businesses from some of the hardest hit areas, including Broken Hill, Coonamble, Inverell and White Cliffs. For more information, go to nsw.gov.au/buyregional
Go Country for Christmas
- Go Country for Christmas is an Australia-wide directory to help you find Christmas presents from a small business based in the country. You can shop by state or category, including: animals, art, bags and accessories, beauty, clothing, electronics, experiences, food, gift shop, hampers, handmade, health and wellness, home, jewellery, kids and baby, printing, professional services, retail, shoes, sporting and toys. For more information go to gocountryforchristmas.com.au/
#Buy from the Bush
- Buy from the Bush is a grassroots campaign designed to help people connect with regional small businesses. By shopping from small businesses in the bush and sharing your experience online with the hashtag '#buyfromthebush', you can encourage others to do the same. Visit the Facebook page or Instagram profile @Buyfromthebush
One Day Closer to Rain — Rural Cottage Crafts
- One Day Closer to Rain is a Facebook community for makers and producers in rural Australia to sell their homemade products. Visit the Facebook page