Let's help Queensland make a big comeback

#GoLocal

What can I do to help?

When you’re at the hairdresser, your local hardware store or the coffee shop, use #GoLocal on social media to show that your local community matters to you.

Share one of our GoLocal supporter images below, or a picture of yourself supporting local.

Want to share more? Visit the Queensland Government’s Facebook page and share your GoLocal story.

The effects of Tropical Cyclone Debbie are still being felt across our state.

Cyclone Debbie devastated many Queensland communities and their local economies. Farmers were hit hard and many small businesses had to close their doors.

The ‘Go Local’ initiative encourages Queenslanders to use a local business to help farmers, businesses and communities get back on their feet faster. It’s a simple step we can all take to help our fellow Queenslanders recover.

Go Local builds on the recovery work already being done and is a rallying cry to mobilise all Queensland communities to show their support. 

So next time you need a product or service, Go Local!

Go Local - Keep small business going strong

Did you know that 97 per cent of all Queensland businesses are small businesses? That means there are more than 414,000 small businesses in Queensland—providing the economic ‘engine room’ for communities across the state.

The Queensland Government’s focus is to get our state open for business again, as soon as possible. The ‘Go local’ initiative aims to help businesses as they reopen in affected areas, and will provide a range of tools to help businesses promote their products and services.

Business and industry associations can help you get your business back on track following Cyclone Debbie. Here’s some information on how they can help you and an A-Z listing of business and industry associations across Queensland.

Find a local tradie

If you need help with repair works after Cyclone Debbie, check the online register for a local licensed contractor or a local licensed electrician.

Go Local - Keep agriculture going strong

Agriculture is a mainstay of Queensland’s economy. More than 41,500 Queensland businesses operate in the agricultural sector and Queensland has the largest area of agricultural land of any Australian state. Through domestic and international trade the agricultural industry contributes more than $10 billion to the state's economy each year. Buying Queensland produce will help our farmers bounce back quickly.

If you’re a farmer or work in the agricultural industry, find out more about our rural disaster recovery and assistance for primary producers affected by TC Debbie.

Go Local - Keep tourism going strong

Taking a holiday in Queensland is another way you can help local businesses get back on their feet quickly. If you’re taking a holiday and have some favourite holiday photos you’d like to share on social media, Tourism and Events Queensland’s ‘This is Queensland’ initiative can help you share them. It’s a great way to encourage travellers to consider a Queensland holiday.

Share your photos on Instagram or download the ‘This is Queensland’ app.

Go Local - Advertising  toolkit

We want to help your small business get customers back in the door.

The advertising toolkit gives businesses resources to use to help promote goods and services locally under the Go Local brand.

Watch this space for more tools and resources to help Queensland recover and come back better than ever.

Social media tiles

Tag #GoLocal and use our social media tiles to raise awareness of the initiative.

Download instructions

To download the tiles:

PC:

  • click on the tile you want to use and it will open in a new window
  • right click on the image and choose 'Save picture as...’
  • choose a destination to save it onto your computer.

Mac:

  • click on the tile you want to use and it will open in a new window
  • right click and choose 'Save file' to save it onto your computer.

Posters

Consider displaying the posters in your shop window or bulletin board to show your support for community members purchasing their goods and services locally. Take a photo of your poster and business and share it on social media.

Download instructions

To download the tiles:

PC:

  • click on the tile you want to use and it will open in a new window
  • right click on the image and choose 'Save picture as...’
  • choose a destination to save it onto your computer.

Mac:

  • click on the tile you want to use and it will open in a new window
  • right click and choose 'Save file' to save it onto your computer.

Damage assessment and financial assistance

At present, there have been rapid damage assessments to over 10,700 properties across the affected local government areas, and more than 57,000 grants have been paid out to Queenslanders in need following Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Immediate Hardship Payments of $180 per person, or up to $900 for a family of five or more, are available to help cover the cost of essential items such as food, clothing, medicine and accommodation.

There is still time to apply for disaster relief in most areas. Call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 or visit www.qld.gov.au/communityrecovery.

Donations for charities

You can still help your fellow Queenslanders by making a donation directly with a respected charity:

Goods and services can also be donated to GIVIT.