Buy local to support flood recovery and jobs

15 Jan 2011 9:20 AMJann Stuckey

15 December 2010

THE LNP today backed calls for Queenslanders to support local businesses and buy locally-made products to aid the flood recovery.

Shadow Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey urged Queenslanders wherever possible to buy Queensland-made from local companies when choosing materials for flood repairs and renovations.

“A lot of local companies, particularly small businesses, were already feeling the pinch before the floods,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Now, many are in an even worse position and need our support when making purchase decisions.”

Ms Stuckey said the LNP would strongly support any move by the State Government to kick-start a genuine ‘Queensland-made’ or “Proudly made in Queensland’ campaign to support local companies and jobs.

“Giving a helping hand with the clean-up and making donations will provide immediate help, but in the medium to longer term we need to look at every opportunity to support and foster, Queensland companies, Queensland manufacturers who employ Queenslanders.”

Ms Stuckey said while State Government did have a loosely-applied Queensland-preferred purchasing policy, it was time for all Queenslanders to support locally-owned businesses and particularly local manufacturers.

“All support for Major-General Mick Slater’s recovery task force, but it would great to see an industry leader appointed in an Essington Lewis* type-role to help drive the recovery through Queensland companies and locally-made goods.”
Media contact – Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919
*BHP boss who harnessed Australia’s industrial effort to build aircraft and arms during WWII