Vouchers to boost town

Alexander ScottPilbara News
Shelley Alaniz from the Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry presents local Onslow resident Lena Kustermann a Shop Local voucher as part of the Chevron Onslow Relief Fund
Camera IconShelley Alaniz from the Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry presents local Onslow resident Lena Kustermann a Shop Local voucher as part of the Chevron Onslow Relief Fund Credit: Picture: Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry

A not-for-profit business advocate and global energy company have joined forces to help boost spending in the Pilbara town of Onslow.

The Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry launched a Shop Local program recently with Chevron that provided eligible residents with vouchers worth up to $300 to spend with 20 small businesses.

The program was launched with help from Chevron’s $1 million Onslow Relief fund.

OCCI president Chantelle King said the community response had been overwhelming.

“We’ve had over 200 applications, and we are already processing the applications,” she said.

“Vouchers are already being posted out and being used at local businesses.”

Mrs King said the program had two main benefits for the community.

“There’s the opportunity that it is supporting local community members themselves, especially those that may have lost their jobs or reduced hours,” she said.

“The flow-on effect is they then spend that money back into the local businesses to keep them with some business as well.”

Chevron Australia managing director Al Williams said the Onslow community was at the heart of the work the company did to power homes and essential industries across Western Australia.

Chevron will also be launching upskilling opportunities for residents unemployed as a result of current health and economic challenges; and local business support for short-term financial hardship and long-term business rebuilding in the coming weeks.

“The Chevron Onslow Relief Fund is our commitment to lend a hand to local businesses and community members impacted by these uncertain and challenging times,” he said.

The Chevron Onslow relief fund also includes a training program providing up to $2500 in grants for residents to participate in programs run by a registered training organisation that start before December 31.

Applications close on May 31.

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