WITH the COVID-19 pandemic having played havoc with many businesses, it has never been more important to shop locally.
Mother’s Day this Sunday gives Mildura residents the opportunity to find the perfect present for mum while supporting local business at the same time.
That’s why Member for Mildura Ali Cupper has enthusiastically joined forces with Mildura City Heart to promote the shop-local theme.
“Mother’s Day is such a special day on the calendar each year for families,” Ms Cupper said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has really impacted on our day-to-day lives but it’s so important that we don’t forget to shop locally where we can and support small businesses through this difficult time.”
Ms Cupper said many small businesses were forced to adapt to the changing circumstances to be able to continue operating.
“A lot of businesses are doing it tough, so I urge everyone to shop locally where you can this Mother’s Day,” she said.
“Make it a special day for Mum, but also make it a special occasion for our local businesses by continuing to shop locally.”
Mildura City Heart manager Danielle Hobbs said there were a lot of options available for consumers.
“Now more than ever we need people to support local businesses, who are doing their best to keep their doors open and have their products available to you,” Ms Hobbs said.
Most businesses have online options for people to make purchases.
“There are a lot of different ways you can still shop locally without having to get out and about for an extended period of time,” Ms Hobbs said.
“You can shop online and pre-purchase goods and then pick them up.
“A lot of businesses are now offering free delivery, so if you do find something you want to buy for Mum, they will deliver to your house.
“Even the businesses that have restrictions of some kind – like cafes, restaurants and beauticians – are putting together packs people can purchase for Mother’s Day.”