Tweed Shire Council has reported in their Corporate Performance Report at the 19 August council meeting that they had a total spend of $191m on goods and services last year.
‘In the Corporate Performance Report item I asked for a breakdown of the goods and services that Council procures each year and how much of that is being spent locally,’ Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry told The Echo.
‘We have a big push to support local businesses, particularly in this time, and I feel Council has a strong role in leadership in this. Council really needs to be making sure we are fostering and supporting local businesses as much as possible, both for economic and environmental sustainability.’
The breakdown noted that more than $50m went directly to Tweed Shire businesses, a further $20m went to Northern Rivers businesses and $14m went to the neighbouring Gold Coast Shire.
‘This shows what an impact Council’s works have in the region and shows we are really putting the communities rates back into the community to build our local economy wherever we can,’ Mayor Cherry told The Echo.
‘Now, more than ever, we need everyone to support our local businesses.’