Member for Dawson George Christensen issues plea for residents to spend dollars wisely to support pandemic recovery.
Member for Dawson George Christensen issues plea for residents to spend dollars wisely to support pandemic recovery. Tony Martin

MP: 'Buying Aussie made does not just help the local shop'

WHITSUNDAY residents are being encouraged to "join the Aussie-made Club" as a new campaign is launched to promote Australian-made products.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said supporting the campaign would help local businesses bounce back from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I know everyone wants to do their bit to help in our national economic recovery," Mr Christensen said.

"I encourage all Aussies to go to the Australian Made website and literally "join the club" - it's free, you get offers and discounts, and it helps you identify a range of Australian-made products.

"So many locals have come to me asking what we can do to grow Australian manufacturing. One of the best things we can do is to buy local.

"When you buy Australian made you're not just helping the local shop, you're supporting Aussie manufacturers and all the businesses in their supply chains from farmers to designers."

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new ad campaign reflected the ground-swell of community support for Australian products.

"As a country we've rallied together to slow the spread of coronavirus, now we need to pull together to back our local businesses and manufacturers," Ms Andrews said.

"Australians are the first to put up their hand to help in a crisis. As we look to navigate the economic impacts of coronavirus the simplest thing we can do to help is to buy Australian."

The new ad campaign comes after the Morrison Liberal National Government earlier this year committed $5 million to expand the reach of the Australian Made logo, so our manufacturers could take on new markets around the world.

To join the club or find out more information, visit www.australianmade.com.au.


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