The head of BizConnect Moorabool is encouraging locals to get in the habit of shopping close to home – and is looking for ideas to help make it happen.

President and Bacchus Marsh Bendigo Bank manager Ian Prince said he was interested in hearing from people with new business and community opportunities in a changing world – and ideas on keeping the Moorabool economy healthy.

“The Bacchus Marsh Community Bank, for example, has been in town for five years and part of our plan has been to support small businesses and not-for-profit groups during that time,” he said.

“One project we’ve been considering is giving amounts of money to groups as a startup – and that’s on top of the grant program we have.

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“For example, it could be to help facilitate a regular barbecue, or run a raffle. The barbecue might be outside a local shop and encourage people to go inside – or the raffle could include vouchers for local businesses or samples of what they sell.

“All of this helps the community.”

He also cited the idea of a grant to employ a local musician to help get local hotels and other venues back on their feet.

“It’s about kickstarting local shopping in a small way at local level – and we’re after ideas.”

“We have to ask ourselves: How do we really highlight what we have here – and get people to shop in Moorabool?”

** People can contact Ian via 5367 4660 or ian.prince@bendigoadelaide.com.au

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