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Local gift cards just the ticket

Saturday, 16th December, 2017

Project officer, Shae Nevill said the take-up of the Far West Gift Cards has been overwhelming. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Project officer, Shae Nevill said the take-up of the Far West Gift Cards has been overwhelming. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

Broken Hill residents can now buy Far West Gift Cards that can be spent in a number of local stores, just in time for Christmas.

The Far West Gift Cards have stemmed from the Far West Proud project that was development by Regional Development Australia Far West.

Project officer Shae Nevill said RDA FW had thrown around the idea and it quickly grew from there.

“It was launched last Thursday,” she said. “The project fosters economic growth for local businesses and develops the community with the overarching aim of motivating people to shop locally.

“We have six ‘load up’ stores and 38 ‘redemption stores’. The number of redemption stores involved is increasing daily.

“There is a diverse range of shops, from retail stores to hospitality. We also have an automotive store.

“What separates these gift cards from others is that they are diverse but are also exclusive to the region.”

Locals can collect the gift cards from the Outback Pharmacy stores, Harvey Norman, South Newsagency and Bells Milk Bar.

“We’re hoping to have 10 load up stores soon and then moving forward into the new year we will look to expand further.

“You can load a minimum of $10 on the card or a maximum of $1,000 and they can be spent at any of the participating redemption stores.

“It’s free for businesses to participate.

“If businesses want to participate they can contact me.

“There are no participation fees or any extra concerns. It’s just a way to encourage local spending.

“It’s been overwhelming how many people have jumped on board.”

Shae said anyone wanting more information can contact RDA FW or go to the Far West Proud Facebook page to see all of the businesses involved.

“It’s an amazing opportunity.”

Contact RDA FW on 8087 8383.

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