Think Local Buy Local

The Think Local Buy Local message has been a consistent message for a number of years and never been more relevant. Your shopping decisions count!  

Buy local and win!

Support local businesses in Whitehorse as part of our Think Local, Buy Local competition. We have a number of voucher packs you can win, just by purchasing your goods and services in Whitehorse. 

Simply spend $10 in any Whitehorse business* in the month of June and upload your receipt with your details below. 

Competition starts from 1 June to 30 June 2024.

Click here to enter now.

Buy local competition

Face of Your Place 

Face of Your Place campaign is part of the Council's Think Local Buy Local initiative.

Each month, the Investment and Economic Development team interviews a business owner to share what they love most about trading in their location and Whitehorse.

Read the stories from your local traders here.

If you love a local business and would like to support them, please let us know by emailing

Get to know your retail precincts

The most recent retail precinct audit has been conducted in August. This audit revealed continued confidence in the business community with an overall decrease in vacancies.  The initial audit found that 9.76% of tenancies were vacant in June 2020 and 8.69% in August 2023. Future audits will help us monitor vacancies, identify trends and assist with strategic planning.

The changes in the top three business categories in the three years from June 2020 to August 2023 were:

  • Food and Beverage (café, casual dining, takeaway) has remained stable with 23.90% in June 2020 and August 2023 was 23.89%.
  • Personal Services (hair, beauty, massage) has has slightly decreased from 11.95% in June 2020 to 10.54% in August 2023.
  • Grocery and Fresh Food (bakery, green grocer, convenience store/milk bar, supermarket,  bottle shop, butcher) was 9.05% in June 2020 and grew to 9.13% in August 2023. 

*excluding privately operating hard top centres (For example, Forest Hill Chase, Box Hill Central)  and precincts less than 5 properties.

A summary of the information is available in the form of downloadable precinct profiles. The profiles have been created to display information about Whitehorse as a municipality and then categorised as West, Central and East to allow for more detailed information to be presented. They are available on the Whitehorse Retail Precincts Profiles page on the WBIZ website. 

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