THE Gazette’s feature on Mossman businesses this week has been a real eye-opener.
I must admit I’m guilty of turning left onto the Captain Cook Highway and driving to Cairns instead of going right to check out what’s available right on my doorstop.
The seed for the business feature was planted by my wife Bec a few months ago as she returned from Mossman with more news about another business she’d discovered there which not only stocked items she didn’t think were available locally, but they were about the same price as in Cairns or even cheaper.
All that without the hassle and expense in petrol of driving to Cairns and back, plus keeping the money in the community.
The Douglas region has been hit hard economically over the past few years and unfortunately many businesses have folded as a result, but there’s also been more than a few that have sprung up and others have diversified to attract new customers.
There are many talented people in the local business community and we were lucky enough to meet a few dozen of them in the course of compiling the Mossman Revitalised feature.
I live in Port Douglas and have only been in the region for 18 months so I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover the many businesses I never knew existed.
A lot of these businesses have been around for years or are owned by long-time locals who have branched out on their own and know how to deliver service with a smile.
I’m sure there are plenty more people like me relatively new to the region who weren’t aware of what we have available locally.
It’s up to people like us to shop locally where possible and encourage our local businesses to continue the great service they generally deliver.
Whether it be shopping for a new shirt or finding the right tradesman for the job, it’s all out there locally if we look in the right places.
So before you head off to Cairns on your next shopping expedition, ask yourself if it is worth working your way through the crowds and the traffic if you can source your shopping needs locally.
What I’ve found is that more often than not the answer is no.