Kathy Draper, manager at Sunshine Hardware and Rural Supplies with the prizes on offer as part of the My Maranoa initiative.
Kathy Draper, manager at Sunshine Hardware and Rural Supplies with the prizes on offer as part of the My Maranoa initiative.

‘It’s about giving back’ businesses in Christmas spirit

GIVING back to the community is a priority for Kathy Draper.

Having lived in Roma for 45 years, the manager of Sunshine Hardware and Rural supplies knows how important community is to the town, and as Christmas fast approaches she wanted to do something to get in the spirit.

"It's been a very tough year with the drought, and Christmas time is about giving back and everyone getting together," she said.

As part of the My Maranoa initiative, buying local is being spearheaded.

The culmination will be the Christmas street parade, and having local businesses throw their support behind it to drive more people to the stores along McDowall St.

"We have an outdoor living package that we're donating, which includes a seven-piece outdoor dining setting, a barbecue and a large outdoor umbrella," Ms Draper said.

"Everyone loves an outdoor setting, and in summer it brings everyone together.

"All people have to do is spend $10 in any of the participating businesses and they go in the draw to win this beautiful package."

The winner will be drawn at the Christmas party on McDowall St on Thursday, December 5.

"Christmas really is about getting together, and enjoying being around family and friends. This parade will be great to bring everyone together," Ms Draper said.

"It will be a great opportunity for us to forget about the hard times and focus on celebrating the Christmas spirit."


Support local this Christmas

The following Maranoa businesses are participating in the My Maranoa Buy Local campaign:

Dores Elect-Air Pty Ltd

Commonwealth Hotel

Kimlins Camping World

Whitebull Hotel

Rural Insurance Services

Roma Printers and Stationers

Toyworld Roma

Black Toyota Roma

Gretel Lane Fashion

Sunshine Hardware and Rural (Mitre 10)

Home Timber and Hardware Roma

Coomber Bros Jewellers

Gifts at Teacup

Loot Homewares Roma

Roma Pet World

Roma Taxation Services

Roma Outdoors and Sports

Compass West Pty Ltd

Snap Fitness Roma

Goodyear Tyres Roma


Country Buds Fashion

Roma Newsagency and Bookshop

Roma Computer Centre

Injune Hardware

Injune District Tourism Association

Injune Hotel

Injune Post Office

Injune Newsagency

Injune Tyre Service

Jones Welding and Rural Supplies

Mitchell Tyrepower

Mitchell Hardware and Plumbing

Surat Butchery

Surat Post and News

Surat Tyre Service

The New Royal Hotel

Bayly's Motors

The Timber Crate

Wagon Wheel Café and Friendly Grocer