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Wollongong City Council

We Shop the Gong: Support Your Local

Now, more than ever, our local businesses need your support. Here’s how you can Shop the Gong and get behind your community:

Parents NSW Vouchers

Service NSW Parents NSW vouchers expire on 9 October. Don’t let yours go to waste! Eligible households can apply for $250 in entertainment and accommodation vouchers, so you can treat yourself while you treat your local.

Use your vouchers in a local business now, to keep the profits – and jobs - right here in our community.

Learn more about Parents NSW Vouchers

More easy ways to support your local

You can keep the local support coming with these four easy tips:

Found a great local business with a unique product or amazing service? Spread the word!

  • Tell a friend in person, and share your purchase on your own social channels.
  • Find your favourite businesses on Facebook or Instagram, and share their posts too!
  • Don't forget to use #weshopthegong on your posts, and tag the We Shop the Gong Facebook and Instagram pages to help the community find a great local business too.
  • If you're sharing an Instagram story, search 'weshopthegong' to find our ready to use stickers.
See local businesses first when you're searching for goods or services, by trying one of these:
  • Turning on your location on your device, to ensure localised search results.
  • Adding the words 'near me' to your search, for example 'formal wear near me'.
  • Adding the words 'in Wollongong' to your search, for example 'hairdresser in Wollongong'
  • Before you spend this Summer, stop and think local first. From tradies to accountants, butchers to bakers, Wollongong is home to 14,000 small businesses ready to help you.
  • Head to your main street: Not sure where to start? Try a visit to your local main street or shopping centre, before heading out of the area.
  • Ask around: Phone a friend, or pop a question on your Facebook page to get real recommendations from locals you trust.
  • If you've had a great experience in a local business, let the world know!
  • Five minutes is all it takes to leave a glowing review on a business Google listing, or Facebook page.
  • You'll make an instant impact, and help that business to find new customers.

Grab easy graphics

Help spread the word by sharing a We Shop the Gong graphic to your own social accounts. Try our fun instant image generator, or download ready to use templates.

Real people, real stories

Every local business has a real story to tell. Here’s just a few shared recently. To read more, head to Instagram or visit our Stories page.

Share the love

Tag us on Instagram and Facebook when you shop local @weshopthegong or use #weshopthegong.

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