Due to a severe ongoing drought and bushfires throughout our region, Glen Innes is doing it tough! When drought hits, our agricultural sector suffers. During and following drought, there is little cash to spare as every single dollar is kept for keeping stock alive in an endless routine of feeding and watering. For those who are growers, the focus is on water for irrigation and trying to come to terms with the fact that there may well not be enough water to allow for planting. When our agricultural sector is struggling, it has a follow on effect for the entire community. Drought and fire mean there is no extra money for shopping, for papers, for coffee, for groceries. As a result businesses suffer which then means less money for people to assist in drought relief and to put back into the community.

This is why we love #buyfromthebush so much. It is an incredible campaign which is all about empowering our local communities. #buyfromthebush is not about a handout or a donation; it is about spending money in regional communities which means a heightened sense of morale for all concerned. By spending money in local communities, you are helping businesses to keep their doors open, which means locals can continue to be employed which in turn, helps to keep our farming families alive. #buyfromthebush makes our days a little brighter. We know that it will rain one day, spending money in our regions means that we can survive until then.

We have some wonderful events coming up in Glen Innes, which is a fabulous way to #buyfromthebush. Christmas in the Highlands, the amazing Glen Innes Show, the Australian Celtic Festival and Minerama just to name a few. By attending an event you will be buying tickets, staying overnight in our friendly caravan parks, camping grounds, motels, farm stay experiences and our boutique accommodation options.

Alternatively, head to Glen Innes for a long weekend or a week! Book accommodation, visit our cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Do a little shopping and promise yourself at least one purchase from our retailers, florists, butchers and hardware stores. Fill up at our petrol stations, get a coffee for the way home and take some local produce home as well!

At the Rest Point Motor Inn, we are centrally located and in walking distance to the main street for shopping and a historical walk around town. We can assist with places to visit such as the Beardies History House Museum or the Standing Stones. If you fancy a drive we can recommend a few lovely options. At the end of the day, rest up and enjoy a delicious meal and a glass of something local at the welcoming Hereford Steakhouse Char Grill.

#buyfromthebush allows people to help our regional communities who are doing it tough. So what are you waiting for? Come to Glen Innes and be a local for a while!