Stay Home, Stay Safe and Back Your Local
Member for Manly James Griffin today welcomed the launch of Back Your Local today to connect home-isolated residents with small business operators in the Manly area, helping to keep businesses running and keep community spirit healthy in the time of COVID-19.
The Back Your Local website acts as a central point of information on what local businesses in Manly and surrounding suburbs are offering - a one-stop-shop for people to find out who’s providing what and how to access it while they stay home, stay local and stay safe.
Supported by the Manly Business Chamber, Back Your Local already has more than 50 local businesses registered, with many more joining daily. Businesses are listed on the website for free and featured through @backyourlocalau on Instagram and Facebook.
Mr Griffin said while there are many small businesses offering take away and delivery services in the area, Back Your Local brings all the information together in one place to make it easy for residents to find what’s available.
“I’m amazed by the way so many of our community’s small businesses have adjusted so quickly in the changing circumstances and I’ve been greatly encouraged by how our community wants to support local small business,” Mr Griffin said.
“Back Your Local quickly and easily connects community with business while keeping people safe and helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“From cafes and restaurants to gyms and yoga studios or fresh produce suppliers and pharmacies, they’re all finding new ways to provide products and services online, by delivery or takeaway.
“Small businesses, whether it’s the people who run them or their employees, are part of our daily lives and make up the fabric of a community. We want to help get them through this time so we keep our local spirit intact.
“Back Your Local also connects people in need to local charities and community organisations. Many of these services are under increased pressure over the past few weeks and also in need of donations and support so they can continue to help those most in need.”
Back Your Local has been supported by seven-time world surfing champion Layne Beachley and TV chef Hayden Quinn, owner of The Cube Gym in Brookvale, who have joined the call for people to ‘Back Your Local’ and feature in a video encouraging the local community to get involved.
Manly area businesses already registered on Back Your Local include Belgrave Cartel, Manly Healthfoods, Fika Swedish Kitchen, Manly Beach Health Club, Ruby Lane, Bird Chicken Shop, Manly Fish Market, The Cube Gym, Pure Wholefoods, Salty Rooster, Busta Manly, Four Pines Brewing Co., Pilu Freshwater and Brookvale Bike Factory.
Community and charity organisations Northern Beaches Lifeline, Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter and Community Northern Beaches are also listed on the website with instant click-thru to their services and contact details.
To register your business on Back Your Local Manly, go to backyourlocal.com.au