Standing up for Canberra

The Chronicle: Shop Local

With FASHFEST just around the corner, we’re reminded of the importance of shopping local and supporting Canberra designers.

The idea of shopping local and supporting small business is something I try to live by every day. Whether it be my campaign t-shirts, annual Christmas card or electorate wide mail-outs, I take every opportunity to buy Australian made and to use local printers and manufacturers.

But it wasn’t until recently when a group of Parliamentarians got together and decided that we needed to do more to support the local fashion industry that I really fell in love with a number of Canberra designers.

The Parliamentary Friends of Aussie Fashion group was formed at the end of last year and resulted in a week long campaign where I proudly showcased Zilpah Tart, Adelina La Vita, as well as other purchases from the Handmade Canberra store.

Since then I have continued to discover the breadth of talent on Canberra’s fashion scene, such as Karen Lee, Rockstars and Royalty, Corr Blimey and Prodigal Daughter.

In the face of the growing trend for online shopping, campaigns to promote shopping locally and shopping small are taking off, not just in Parliament but across the country.

We should be extremely proud of our thriving private sector across a broad range of industries - from fashion, to technology, to agriculture – and we should get behind it in any way we can.

Let’s promote our products as made, designed, produced or grown in Canberra and let’s shop local.

It’s great for jobs, it’s great for innovation and it’s great for the environment.