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After a relaxation of some restrictions, Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane has been out and about supporting Sunshine Coast businesses.

Our toes were dipped in the water on the weekend as the government lifted some of the restrictions on our activities, and I have never been more excited to be able to throw a rug out at Mary Cairncross and chill out with a picnic with my family.

Another cause of excitement was seeing more retail stores opening as shopping for non-essential items has been added to the list of acceptable activities. It is great to see the ‘Open’ signs thrown up and the lights switched on in the usual shopping strips.

The Sunshine Coast has the largest number of small- to medium-sized businesses per capita in the country. Some of the most skilled business people have made a real difference to diversifying our economy and making sure us Coast residents are spoiled for choice in just about every product or service you could ever need to access.

Now, it’s our turn to show them how much we value what they have created and what they offer us. It’s time to vote with your wallet.

If we can all do our part to check out local options before jumping online to shop from the ‘big guys’, we can make sure more of our Coast businesses are supported and possibly even thrive as they work through the challenges presented by covid-19.

We have been doing what we can to support Sunshine Coast businesses in the past few weeks. We have bought a few more takeaway lunches and dinners than we usually would. We ordered birthday gifts from small florists and boutique retailers who had online offerings, our way of helping small retailers weather the storm.

We enlisted the help of some new service providers and have taken advantage of the amazing packages and deals Coast businesses are offering.

We even dabbled in a new isolation experience – an online beer degustation where hinterland produce and beer was delivered to our door on Saturday, ready for us to dig in with an in-depth presentation with the brewers, Brouhaha, on Sunday afternoon.

I always get a little kick out of not having to cook, finding the perfect gift and learning new skills. But to do this knowing our family is helping out the families of the people running each of these respective businesses makes my heart sing.

I would be extremely proud if we can come out of the other end of this season of change with a booming economy that has shown we can definitely support our own.

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Roxy has been a journalist for more than a decade and joined the MWP team at the end of 2016. She is a chocolate-powered writing machine who loves to engage with the Coast community, uncover untold inspirational stories and share information that can help people.

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