My column of exactly 12 months ago spoke about how Goulburn being an innovation eco-system is nothing new, and listed a series of innovations, commencing with the establishment in 1833 of the bewery in 1833 at Bradley Grange on the banks of the Mulwaree Ponds.
Since the chamber began working several months ago on its innovative "Give Locals a Go - Shop2580" campaign, designed to encourage local people to give a "shout out" to local businesses, the grip of the drought has been exacerbated in too many places in NSW, and other parts of regional Australia, by the catastrophic bushfires that have claimed peoples' lives, homes and livelihoods.
The chamber will continue in 2020 its efforts to assist local businesses of any size grow and thereby contribute to the growth and prosperity of the Goulburn region. To build on its "Shop 2580" campaign to ensure the impetus is not lost after the Christmas/New Year period, the chamber is reaching out to the creator of "#buyfromthebush".
This social media campaign, based on the north, central, and far western regions of NSW, was started from a kitchen table in mid-October, and markets to the big cities to encourage people to buy remotely. It highlights how regional small business depends on money coming from the agricultural industry, which is diminishing in the drought.
"Give Locals a Go - Shop2580" and "#buyfromthebush" are modern-day examples of innovation springing from regional centres. Readers are encouraged to join the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and keep an eye out for regular update posts.
The chamber will conclude its meetings for the year with a Christmas gathering at the brand new Quest complex in Clinton Street. The evening will commence at 5.30pm and is to hosted by the franchisee Jason Travers. Members and their guests will be taken on a tour of the facilities. Members are requested to register for the event at firstname.lastname@example.org