Penrith residents urged to shop local this Christmas

Stuart Ayres, Melissa McIntosh and Ross Fowler check out some Penrith CBD retail outlets on Monday. Photo: Megan Dunn
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Representatives of all three levels of government are urging local residents to ‘shop local’ this Christmas and give independent businesses the boost they need.

State Penrith MP Stuart Ayres, Federal Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh and Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler met in the Penrith CBD on Monday morning to call on locals to shop close to home over the festive season.

The ‘Shop and Dine Local’ campaign is being spearheaded by the Penrith CBD Corporation.

“Local retail and small business economy is so important to support, to give all the small businesses a boost during such a busy shopping period helps keep our economy growing for the future,” said Penrith CBD Corporation CEO, Gai Hawthorn.

While the big shopping centres and online retail outlets will get plenty of support this festive season, Ms Hawthorn is hoping locals rediscover some of the amazing stores that line Penrith’s streets.

“Take a walk down High Street and through the Penrith CBD and you’ll be surprised at what you find,” she said.

A Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at Memory Park on Friday, November 29 from 5pm-10pm.

Dine local: Melissa McIntosh, Ross Fowler and Stuart Ayres enjoy a coffee in the Penrith CBD. Photo: Megan Dunn

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