You can’t go to Bunnings without grabbing a snag. For many, it’s tradition. For others, it’s the fuel to feed their DIY shopping spree. But for local groups, it’s a source of vital funds for their important work in our communities and, lately, their profits have been cut because of rising costs—the same inflation rates that have sent your monthly shop skyrocketing.
In response to significant feedback from more than 100 community groups, not-for-profits and charities that fire up the barbie every weekend, Bunnings is jacking up the price of the sausage sizzle from $2.50 to $3.50.
The price increase is the first to occur since 2007—that’s 15 long years at the same price. Unfortunately, the price of sausages, bread, onions, sauce, oil and drinks has not been kept down to a low, low price and this has dramatically impacted fundraising. The price change comes into effect on Saturday 23 July 2022.
According to Bunnings, the last five years has seen community groups run more than 155,000 sausage sizzles at stores across Australia. They have raised more than $140 million for their causes, with an average of $800-$900 raised per fundraising opportunity.
Bunnings Group Managing Director, Mike Schneider said: “We are committed to providing meaningful support to enable community groups to keep doing their essential work and we know that the sausage sizzle has been a vital fundraising opportunity, helping many groups big and small stay afloat over the years.
“The sausage sizzle will always be a community led initiative and we have listened and responded in a way we hope allows groups to maximise fundraising efforts, whilst still giving customers a simple way to support their local community,”
Lions Australia National Membership Chairperson, Ann Eldridge, welcomed the increase in price. “We are confident that our supporters will respond favourably, knowing that every cent of the proceeds will be used to support our humanitarian projects and activities,” she said.
While a sausage in bread, with or without onions, has gone up by a dollar, the price of drinks remains at $1.50. So, together, it’s just a fiver for a snag and a drink before or after you’re done with your shop. And if you don’t know, Bunnings provides every community group with a mobile payment option so that they don’t miss out on any customers no longer carrying around cash-money.
Bunnings regulates the price of the sausage sizzle so that the cost is the same across all of Australia.