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Hilltops Christmas Spending Spree 

The festive season is fast approaching, and Hilltops shoppers will be rewarded yet again this year with the opportunity to win big in the Annual Christmas Spending Spree promotion being rolled out by local Chambers and participating businesses.
An organising committee with representatives from Boorowa, Harden and Young Chambers of Commerce have already met to refine the finer details of the program and build on the success of the Spree 2019, which saw three lucky shoppers share in a prize pool in excess of $9,500 in the lead-up to Christmas last year.
This year’s promotion is expected to open next month, and businesses are being invited to get on board now with a commitment of just $100 each to take part and support the program that aims to keep money circulating in the local economy and support local jobs.
In 2019 the program involved 94 local businesses and independent research showed their commitment of just $100 each returned more than $135,000 in spending to the local community which would have otherwise been lost from local business.
Spending Spree spokesperson for Young, Alison Foreman, said; “the organising committee were really finding their way with the promotion in 2019 and blown away with the value it returned for business and the Hilltops community broadly.”
“The concept is really simple, business makes a small commitment to take part and money raised is used to promote them and the importance of shopping locally. Then, as a reward for choosing to spend money with participating businesses, local shoppers have the chance to walk away with substantial prizes. When the prizes are redeemed with participating business the money comes full circle back into the community. It’s a win, win for business and customers.
“The idea of shopping local and supporting local businesses has never been more important than in 2020 to minimize the effects of Covid-19. We have to focus on our future to keep the local economy ticking along in the best possible shape, to create jobs and job security for our local people,” Ms Foreman concluded.
If you’re in business and want more information on how to get involved in the Annual Christmas Spending Spree contact organizers Alison Foreman in Young on 0437145042, Angus Mitchell in Boorowa on 0412223702 or Chris Ireland in Harden 0407158896.

Expression of Interest Form- Boorowa here 
Expression of Interest Form- Harden here 
Expression of Interest Form- Young here 

Invest in Hilltops 
The Hilltops Council area is located just over an hour north of Canberra, and features the thriving towns of Young, Harden and Boorowa, along with a wide range of villages that are bursting with a rich history. The region is a renowned agricultural area, including sheep grazing, cropping, intensive agriculture and horticultural activities including vines and cherries.

The region is situated in a strategic transport corridor, including the Hume Highway, which is the busiest interstate, road freight corridor in Australia, and is closely connected to major markets including Sydney and Canberra, which drive major economic opportunities. In addition, international flights are now available from Canberra Airport including passenger and cargo services, while Harden-Murrumburrah is located on the main Sydney to Melbourne rail line.

A range of industries make a positive contribution to the Hilltops economy, which hold potential for leverage and expansion or value adding. Amongst the most prominent industries are: agriculture, forestry and fishing which contributed $157 million to the local economy in 2014-15; financial and insurance services; manufacturing; healthcare and social assistance and retail.

In 2017 4,500 businesses were registered in the Hilltops with a workforce of more than 8,000 people.

The strategic vision of the Council is that “Hilltops is a connected region, with both the local society and economy driven by a culture of innovation and collaboration".

Council is working towards delivery of six strategic priorities including: creating a welcoming environment for investment, communication and collaboration, industry attraction and expansion, business capacity building, tourism and infrastructure identified through the Hilltops Economic Action Plan.

Hilltops enjoys a stable climate with four distinct seasons.

Affordable real estate options make the Hilltops an enticing destination with residential blocks starting from $30,000 and established homes starting from around $120,000. Small acreages can be found within a short drive of the urban centres within the Hilltops and they offer a wonderful lifestyle choice if you are looking for a little elbow room.

Rural properties in the Hilltops are regarded by many as offering some of the best agricultural land in NSW and command upwards of $2,000 per acre for those wanting to go farming.

Industry looking to relocate and expand will find a diverse range of serviced lands at very affordable prices and to make the process of setting up a business as smooth as possible, Council’s professional planning team offers free pre-DA meetings to anyone serious about expanding an existing business or calling Hilltops their home.

For more information please contact Council on 1300 445 586 or follow this link to the Hilltops Economic Action Plan.