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Lismore City Council is launching the new community gift cards, and piloting the program in collaboration with the Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

You can load as little as $10 and up to $1000 onto cards, which can only be spent at participating businesses in Lismore and are valid for three years. Each card gives the holder plenty of choice.

At a time when shopping locally has never been more vital to our local business community, a Loving Local Gift card would make the ideal gift for staff and prize for your promotion.

If you order 20 or more cards in October you will receive your cards free of postage and in good time for Christmas. Place your bulk order here with the code ‘FREE POST 2021’.

About the gift card program

This program is being delivered with Why Leave Town, winner of the Resilience NSW Business of the Year Award in 2021. WLT works with over 65 councils, Business Chambers, Regional Development Associations and organisations around Australia. Over the past 10 years, WLT has loaded over 200,000 local gift cards with more than $12 million spent in small local businesses.

The Loving Local Gift Cards keeps money within the community by encouraging people to shop locally in our area. These cards can only be spent in participating Lismore stores with Eftpos or Zeller terminals.

This means that every time one of these cards is purchased, the money stays local. Shopping locally has a multiplier effect – money gets spent and re-spent here, benefiting our businesses and community.

All fees loaded onto Loving Local Gift Cards go to the participating businesses in which they are redeemed. We will soon be sharing updates about participating Lismore businesses, across retail, services, food, groceries, sports, health, culture and entertainment, and will be tracking pilot outcomes as part of Lismore City Council Business Activation Plan.

You can find out more, check out frequently asked questions, and get involved at https://www.cometotheheart.com.au/lovinglocal