Edi­tor’s com­ment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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.

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