Boost the local economy this Christmas

Christmas shopping in Orange just became a lot easier with the launch of the new Shop Orange gift-card, an initiative of Orange City Council.

The cards can be used at over 30 participating businesses and buyers can choose the amount to be loaded onto the card.

Council’s Employment and Economic Development Committee chair, Councillor Jeff Whitton, is expecting the new scheme to be a major shot-in-the-arm for local businesses.

“The retail sector in Orange has a fantastic range of shopping options, and these gift-cards will make it even simpler to spend money in Orange.

“Every time money is spent in a local store, some of that cash goes back into staff wages and local business owners. Some of that money is then spent locally again.”

Country Rose business owner Sheryl Lewis is pleased to be a part of the new scheme.

“Often the work involved in setting up a gift-card system in the past has limited them to chain stores. Now all the work has been done and provided at no charge by the Council.

“Because the gift card will work through our store’s EFTPOS system, the monthly statistics that are generated will also deliver more information that will let me run my business better.”