Local business bonanza at Charleville Christmas Street Party
THE BUSINESS community of Charleville banded together last night, celebrating the festive season and the culmination of a six-week Shop Local campaign.
The Charleville Christmas Street Party attracted residents to the CBD with markets, live music and extended trading, organised by local residents Sandra Currie and Carmel Williams.
With another completed event under her belt, Ms Currie said she would consider it a success for the small team who put it together.
"The street party wasn't as big as last year, but it was still a good time and there were plenty of people around, visiting the stalls and eating plenty of food.
"I was busy on the night, and the few businesses that I did get the chance to speak to all said it was a good night.
"They don't necessarily do big business, but the Street Party does get people into their shops and even if visitors don't buy on the night, we know they will come back.
Looking back on years gone by, Ms Currie said Shop Local and the street party have been an enduring aspect of the Charleville business community.
"We started with the Chamber of Commerce a few years ago and then they weren't organising the street party any more.
"So myself and Carmel thought 'we've got to keep people shopping in Charleville instead of going away - we need the shops to stay open'.”
After seeing the effects that the shop local campaign, Ms Currie said spending any money in town can make a difference.
"The important thing is that money and vouchers won by people around town was spent locally at the street party; it's all been a bit of a boost,” she said.