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Community & Business

21 May, 2021

Tablelands gift card set to invigorate businesses

HARDWORKING local entrepreneur and Atherton Chamber of Commerce president Bree Hargraves has created an enterprising gift card scheme she hopes will invigorate local businesses and encourage Tablelanders to shop and spend locally.

By Michael Warren

A new gift card scheme has been created on the Tablelands to encourage local spending.

HARDWORKING local entrepreneur and Atherton Chamber of Commerce president Bree Hargraves has created an enterprising gift card scheme she hopes will invigorate local businesses and encourage Tablelanders to shop and spend locally. 

In simple terms Tablelanders can purchase a shop Tablelands gift card at a chosen value of between $10-$1000 and then use the card at participating outlets across the region. 

The cards are a great gift idea or could be purchased and used as prizes or bonus incentives for staff and employees. 

“It is often said that $100 spent locally equates to a $180 impact on the local economy due to the multiplier effect,” Ms Hargraves told The Express

“That is when money is spent locally some of that money – about 40% – is then reinvested into other local stores and so on – about seven times. 

“The Shop Tablelands gift cards help facilitate the multiplier effect by ensuring that whenever one of our cards are purchased, this money then needs to be spent back in local stores.” 

Local businesses that haven’t registered for the program but are interested in doing so before the looming end of month deadline can express their interest by contacting the Atherton Chamber of Commerce. 

Ms Hargraves said once the cards have been designed and printed a team of volunteers will visit participating businesses to activate their EFTPOS terminals on to the closed loop system. The cards are expected to be in use around the region by July. 

At this stage a host of Tablelands Regional Council based businesses have jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the gift card scheme. 

They include: Fresh St market IGA, Malanda Seafood, Barista in the Mist, Tin Town Sweets, Cottage Café, Fantasy Tails, BLK Hair Studio, Malanda-Collective, Wax on, Wax off, Crazy Cat Coffee, Atherton Gas and Camping, The Express Newspaper, Los Colores Fashion Boutique, Jerrys shoes, DeeLicious Family Delicatessen, Far North Chiropractic – Atherton and Mareeba, Pelicans Bill, Love – Lee Cooking, NQ Tenpin Atherton, All things Admin and Print, Hilltop Café Atherton, Shedboss Tablelands, Astute Accounting and Tax Atherton, Summers News, Tableland Tyre Centre Ptd Ltd, Our Wildest Dreams, JAG Game and Marine, Tableland Tech and First Steps Early Childhood Learning Centre  

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