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Shop local program is here for City of Whittlesea

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A program encouraging people in the City of Whittlesea to buy from businesses from across the municipality will include an offer of a 25 per cent rebate on eligible purchases.

Council launched the program on Wednesday, offering people 25 per cent back on certain transactions when spending at least $50 at participating businesses in the municipality.

The $150,000 incentive program is part of council’s new ‘It’s All Here’ campaign, which aims to support the local economy, jobs and tourism.

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Council administrator Chris Eddy said the program would offer opportunities for people to get out and discover the diversity of businesses within the city.

He said he hoped it would inspire people to think local first.

“We are home to approximately 18,000 businesses in the City of Whittlesea. The past two years have been challenging and the $150,000 incentive program will help give back to the community and support business locally,” he said.

“We’re one of Melbourne’s largest and most diverse municipalities and we have a lot to offer locally.

“Promoting and supporting local business through the incentives program is just one of the ways council is working to build a strong local economy.

“If a cash back incentive helps to drive business in our municipality and support local people and local jobs, it’s a win for everyone.”

Under the promotion, customers who buy goods or services in the City of Whittlesea can apply for rebates up to 25 percent on eligible purchases through council’s website.

Each customer can claim up to a maximum of $100 through the incentives program.

The It’s All Here campaign showcases eight City of Whittlesea businesses from a cross-section of industries including hospitality, wellness, professional services, retail, manufacturing and trades.

The featured businesses include: That’s Amore Cheese, Thomastown; Ness’ Cakes, South Morang; Eco-Green Garden Care, Epping; Gia Pilates, Doreen; BK Managers, Bundoora; Charlie Horse Toys, Whittlesea; Quest Bundoora, Bundoora; and Limelite, Thomastown.

Rebates are available on a first come, first served basis until the $150,000 is exhausted.

The rebate is not limited to hospitality venues. Ranging from car servicing to house painting, businesses and enterprises across the City of Whittlesea are eligible to be included in the rebate program. Some exclusions apply – full terms and conditions are available at

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  1. This is totally disturbing using ratepayers money to encourage people to spend at selected places to receive money from the council, which is money from rates. Why is this happening?

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