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Granite Belt open for business

13 September 2019

In the wake of the recent bushfires, which were listed as extinguished in Stanthorpe on Wednesday 11 September, it is important that all Southern Downs residents are aware that businesses in affected areas are once again open for business.

Council is asking every member of the community to consider shopping local and supporting Stanthorpe and Granite Belt businesses this weekend.

Choosing the local alternative helps keep money within the community stimulates the economy.

While the region recovers from the recent bushfires, it is critical that businesses receive the economic traffic to keep their doors open and continue to 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.

“Donations are gratefully accepted through GIVIT, but if residents would like to assist in other ways, the best option to consider is to visit local retailers first.

“For visitors from outside the region, there is no need to cancel pre-existing bookings or postpone your holiday. Your experiences within the Southern Downs and Granite Belt will continue to be marvellous.”

Visitors can find more information to assist them in their travels throughout the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt areas at the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre at 28 Leslie Parade, Stanthorpe.

Alternatively, information can be found at

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