Moore MP Shane Love MLA has urged the community to back local small businesses and help the Moore electorate build back better from the impacts of COVID-19.
Saturday October 31 was WA Small Business Day and Mr Love said it was important to celebrate the contribution these operations have on the local economy.
“Small business are the backbone of our regional cities and towns – without them our centres wouldn’t have many essential services,” he said.
“What you find out-and-about in the Moore electorate is shops, stores and services that are predominantly Mum-and-Dad businesses so it is crucial we support them.
“I encourage our community to think small first because when you buy from a local operator you are not only keeping the dollars in our region but you’re also pumping the heart of the WA economy.”
Mr Love said there were 225,000 small businesses across the State, which was 97% of all of WA’s operations.
“We have 54,000 regional small businesses helping our communities tick over all year round,” he said.
“Our regional businesses employ thousands of workers, with most of them from the local districts.
“Those small operators also know the demands and ethos of their local communities, ensuring our requirements are catered for with a better level of service.”
Mr Love said regional WA was still rebuilding from restrictions imposed during COVID-19 and it was crucial the people of Moore help small businesses get back on their feet.
“If we don’t back our local traders those businesses won’t be sustainable and that means key services could be lost in what would be a mammoth blow for our local communities,” he said.