Keeping the Dollars Local

Wednesday, 9 Sep 2020

Now more than ever, we feel a responsibility to keep more of our money local. 

You may have seen our recent article about our switch to a local manufacturer of work uniforms. 

We had enormous success with our Buy Local Brigade Grants, setting out to fund 75, we ended up funding 159 grants of up to $2,000. This money went to local suppliers, who were able to put valuable resources straight into the hands of Queensland volunteers. Hopefully some good local partnerships were developed along the way.
For a number of years now we have been sourcing the fantastic stickers we distribute to brigades from Unique Graphic DeSigns. In the past 12 months alone that's added up to almost 15,000 stickers! Based in Ballandean in Queensland’s beautiful Granite Belt region, Unique is not only local but run by a volunteer rural firefighter. We asked Graham Parker to tell us a little bit more about himself and Unique:
“Unique has been in operation since 2001 in our ownership. Our business started as a trade printing service provider to the promotions industry. We printed pens, golf balls, coffee mugs and all manner of weird and wonderful promotional products. We generally didn’t sell product as we found that there was a lot of inferior quality items in the market place and saw this as a potential downside when a customer wasn’t happy with a product, so we stuck to just providing a print service.
Over the years we developed a wide format printing service for our clients and through one of those sliding doors moments we moved into the signage business. While we were still in Brisbane we manufactured large project signs for Main roads.
Nowadays our biggest part of our business is stickers and labels. We have an established customer base of small manufacturers of products that we supply labels for. We also do a lot of highway signs being that we live in a rural area.
I have been a volunteer at Ballandean Rural Brigade for some 9 years now and am currently 4th officer.”
Many of you will be familiar with some of Graham’s excellent work. If you are a brigade member and want to order a selection of these stickers, or anything else we have on offer, have your Secretary or First Officer fill out the form on our website here.

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