Making the decision to shop locally this Christmas is one way the community can support local business. Spending locally at a retail store, café or restaurant will help sustain over 14,000 local jobs and Cr Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara, is encouraging everyone to shop locally, particularly over the coming weeks.

“If one in two Boroondara adult residents spent $20 locally this Christmas, it would generate over $1million for our local businesses,” Cr Parke said.

“The festive season is officially underway and for local traders in particular, it can be their busiest time of year.  By choosing to shop locally, you’re supporting your local community and making a genuine contribution to your local economy.”

Luckily for residents, with over 50 shopping strips in Boroondara, there are plenty of diverse shops to choose from and no excuses for not getting into the festive spirit.  

This year Council has launched a new initiative, the inaugural Boroondara Christmas Window Competition, to help create extra cheer at Boroondara’s major shopping precincts.

“As you shop, keep an eye out for those traders displaying the Christmas Manifesto decal on their shop window. This means they are participating in the Christmas window competition and we need your help to decide the winner,” Cr Parke said.

Residents are encouraged to like and share their favourite festive shopfront at and the shopfront with the most likes will win. Residents will also get a chance to win one of 10 shopping vouchers valued at $100 each.  

“And while you are out and about, don’t forget to enjoy the beautifully curated Christmas decorations at various Council buildings. The Kew Court House building façade will be ablaze with an Australian Christmas light projection from dusk every evening throughout December. In Hawthorn, the Hawthorn Arts Centre will be illuminated and the civic square will feature a captivating lighting installation,” Cr Parke said.

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