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Locals Backing Locals – It’s the Moreton Bay Way

Mayor Peter Flannery has a clear message for Moreton Bay Region residents – next time you pull out your wallet, think local first.

With the recent wave of Omicron spreading throughout the region, a number of businesses have been impacted by COVID-related staff shortages, supply chain issues and loss of visitation.

In response, Moreton Bay Regional Council has launched Back a Local, a six-week community campaign kicking-off on February 16, aimed at encouraging locals to eat, drink, shop, play, spend and back a local business.

“Here in Moreton Bay, it’s in our DNA to embrace the Aussie way and look out for each other”, Mayor Flannery said.

“We might be the third largest local government in Australia, but our locals unapologetically embrace a sense of community that can rival even the smallest of towns.

“As a local resident myself, I’m pledging to back a local business whenever I can in 2022, and I’m urging the community to join the cause.

“With 29,000 businesses in the Moreton Bay Region supporting close to 140,000 jobs, I ask the community to work together as part of ‘Team Moreton Bay’, to help shape our region into Queensland’s best place to live, work and play.

“Whether it’s choosing to celebrate a special occasion at a local restaurant, engage in a professional service, or buying gift, I urge you to take a moment to consider where you’re going to spend your hard-earned dollars. By backing a local business you’re helping keep their doors open, staff employed and money in our local economy.”

To help residents show their support, a range of free resources are available on the Moreton Bay Regional Council website, including printable Back a Local posters.

The community can help spread the message by sharing social media assets on their personal and business Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as using the Back a Local Facebook Profile frame.

“Over the next six weeks, I hope to see consumers develop a greater awareness of local businesses and the huge difference their support can make to the local business owners, their staff and families.

“It’s our goal that the legacy and impacts of this campaign extend well beyond this campaign, and locals continue to back locals, well into the future.”

For more information about Locals Backing Locals, visit

Back a Local is an initiative of Moreton Bay Regional Council.

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