Still time to shop locally

TRADERS across the Latrobe Valley have reported mixed experiences in the lead-up to Christmas.

Traralgon Chamber of Commerce president John Groen described trading as “noticeably worse” in comparison with last year.

“We’re remaining upbeat and staying positive,” Mr Groen said.

“Business is good but not as good as it has been in previous years but we’ll push through.”

Moe Traders Association secretary and Turn Back Time Caf owner Susan Broadbent said business in Moe was up on last year.

“There’s a lot of people out and about in the town, people have complained about a lack of parking and our caf is booming,” Ms Broadbent said.

Many local Moe businesses have extended their trading hours over the Christmas period.

“It a great idea and it encourages people to come and shop locally after work.”

Ms Broadbent said a local business held a VIP night recently and it was “packed”.

“It was just so good to see Moe busy after it’s been so quiet,” she said.

Trading in Morwell is marginally better than last year according to Advance Morwell member and Morwell Newspower owner Ray Burgess.

“The main street of town is intermittently busy, we’ve experienced a lot of quiet periods,” Mr Burgess said.

“Business is steady but not as good as it could be.”