With the Christmas Season nearly upon us, we would like to invite all residents to support our local retail centres and businesses as much as possible this Christmas. From walking around the centres over the past few days I have been amazed at what’s on offer and at very reasonable prices. With the opening of North and Co Menswear we now have a complete selection of ladies and mens clothing and shoes, together with lots of gift ideas, food and catering options. Make their Christmas a successful one, but patronising their stores.

The Dural and Round Corner Chamber of Commerce has finished the year on a high note. We now have 40 local business members.

We hope to spend the first few months next year consolidating the benefits and services we offer to them. We want to help our local businesses to be as successful as they can be. Small businesses contribute to local economies by bringing growth and innovation to the community. They help stimulate economic growth by providing employment opportunities to local people. Small businesses tend to attract talent who invent new products or implement new solutions for existing ideas. The more successful our small business community, the better it is for all of us.

On Friday 8th December we will celebrate with all our local businesses at our annual ‘Drinks on the Village Green’. From 5.30pm our marquee will be set up opposite the Friendly Pharmacy in the car park. All local businesses and their employees are invited to come and have a celebratory drink. It’s a great opportunity for our local businesses to network with other business owners both retail, trades and service based. We hope you enjoy this edition of the Dooral Roundup.

We have included a Christmas Church Services Guide on Page 42 for those residents who wish to attend a local Christmas service. Christmas often brings new people to our local churches, the Christmas services are a great time to make a first visit. Pages 8 and 16 have details of the Christmas Carols which are happening locally.

Look out in January for our latest Locating Locals. This is a great annual publication which details ALL our local businesses in Dural. It’s a great resource to keep handy throughout the year.

If you are a local business and want to ensure your business is included, call Mary on 0400 363 563 today.

The Dural and Round Corner Chamber of Commerce would like to wish all our members and readers a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year.