Following the horrific bushfires that swept through the South East in the past two weeks, Southern Downs Regional Council has put a call to action, sounding to its community that the Granite Belt is once again, open for business.

Listed as officially extinguished on Wednesday 11 September, Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt will once again be open for business, with all local businesses in these bush fire affected areas expected to be back to normal trading. The council is urging it’s local residents, community and visitors to consider shopping locally wherever possible this weekend, in support of those who were effeted by the blaze. While recovering from these fires, we are reminded just how important it is to keep local money local, as it will help to stimulate economy and ensure that businesses are able to keep their doors open and employ staff.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor, Tracy Dobie, said it will be business as usual this weekend for most Granite Belt businesses and reminded residents and visitors to spend locally. “By choosing local wherever possible, you are supporting the business owners and in turn residents who need their wages in order to continue supporting themselves and their families,” said Mayor Dobie, “Tourism is a vital support network for many Granite Belt residents. Money spent within the region will not be wasted. The calibre of food, wine, and experience within the Granite Belt is exceptional.”

Furthermore, the Mayor urges those who have holidays or bookings to visit the area need not postpone, as the Granite Belt and Stanthorpe will be back to business before the weekend. Donations for the recovery effort are currently being accepted through GIVIT, however, for those wanting to help through an everyday action, buying locally and supporting locally is the kindest gift you could give.

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