Busi­nesses urged to get be­hind fire­works

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT Dou­glas will keep with tra­di­tion this year on New Year’s Eve, with two sep­a­rate fire­works shows planned.

“New Year’s Eve should her­ald a bet­ter year for Port Dou­glas,” cham­ber of com­merce pres­i­dent Ken Dobbs said.

“We’d like to see the streets full of lo­cals farewelling a pretty av­er­age year and wel­com­ing prospects of a far bet­ter year ahead in 2011.”

How­ever, or­gan­is­ers are still look­ing for spon­sors to make sure the town ush­ers in the new year with a bang.

Mr Dobbs said the cham­ber cur­rently had about half the money needed to put on a dou­ble show.

“The Cham­ber un­der­takes the fire­works be­cause many vis­i­tors come to our town for this oc­ca­sion and they have an ex­pec­ta­tion of some event to mark the tran­si­tion to a new year,” he said.

“Vis­i­tors mean busi­ness and that is a func­tion of the Cham­ber - our lo­cal com­mu­nity also ben­e­fits in cel­e­brat­ing the new year.

“Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil has con­trib­uted $3000, and the Cham­ber, the Court House Ho­tel and the Com­bined Club have pledged an­other $3000 but we need about an­other $6000.”

While the cham­ber is ap­proach­ing busi­nesses to con­trib­ute to the fes­tiv­i­ties, Mr Dobbs said any­one could chip in through the cham­ber’s web­site.

If in­di­vid­u­als want to help out, they can go to www.port­dou­glascham­ber.com.au/ nye.

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