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Take-It-Away project supports hospitality industry

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Mitchell White from Indulge Cafe in Bourbong Street.

The closure of all dine-in facilities of the nation’s eateries has seen an extraordinary number of resilient local businesses pivot their business model to offer some of the finest take away food you’ll ever eat.

To support the hospitality industry, which is predominately made up of small businesses run by hardworking local families, Bundaberg Tourism has launched The Take-It-Away Project – a central place for all local businesses to list their take-away menus and a local marketing campaign.

All hospitality businesses who are offering eat-at-home services for their food or drinks are invited to list for free on www.bundabergregion.org/take-it-away.

Bundaberg Tourism is calling for the community to support small business operators however possible – including ordering a delicious meal and share your favourite meals across your social media with your networks.

“Our community is built on the back of incredible fresh produce, and our towns have a large number of cafes that serve some of the best food in the nation,” Bundaberg Tourism CEO, Katherine Reid, said.

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Owner of The Windmill Cafe Joey Caruana.

“These businesses are now facing incredibly tough times in the face of Coronavirus, and we need to see our local community rally in any way they can.”

Katherine said Bundaberg Tourism would be running a marketing campaign to support the Take It Away Project with the hope residents would get on board and spread the word.

“The best way you can help is to buy a meal from your favourite local venue to enjoy at home,” she said.

“And if money is tight, we ask that you show your support by sharing your favourite café or restaurant on Facebook to your friends and family.”

Katherine said small businesses were the lifeblood of the Bundaberg and North Burnett regions.

“That is something we are very proud of,” she said.

“Bundaberg has a long history of resilience and once again we are uniting to get through these uncertain times in any way we can.

“Lets keep our small businesses open until we get to the other side of this – because this will pass.”

Bundaberg Tourism is continually tracking impacts on businesses and is asking you to take the time to complete an online survey with any updates of financial and employment losses.

Please note, the information is not shared individually, it is shared as a collective summary for the Bundaberg Region.

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