THE December just gone was the most successful month for the Bathurst Buy Local Gift Card since the initiative began back in 2015, according to Bathurst Regional Council.
The council campaign, which encourages people to shop locally, has recently hit a new milestone with more than half a million dollars being loaded onto the cards.
"The initiative means that $512,601 has been spent in our community, bolstering the economy and supporting local businesses, as opposed to potentially being spent online or outside of our region," mayor Bobby Bourke said.
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In December 2019 alone, more than 700 cards were purchased and $45,370 was loaded, he said.
Bathurst Business Chamber president Catherine Fitzsimons said the chamber was proud to support the campaign.
"It is really important that we support our local businesses, particularly during these dry times the region is currently experiencing," she said.
"We hope that the success the program has achieved over the last few months continues well into 2020."
The cards can be redeemed at 129 local shops and can be purchased at Al Dente, Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, Books Plus, Cheekii Kidz Boutique, Easy Living Footwear, fifty8GEORGE, John Matthews and Co Pharmacy, Sassy My Style and SportsPower.
For a full list of retail outlets where the card can be used, or for more information about the Buy Local Gift Card, visit www.bathurstbusinesshub.com.au