Mind your man­ners

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THE Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce de­serves congratulations on se­cur­ing Premier Anna Bligh to come here to ad­dress mem­bers of the com­mu­nity last Thurs­day.

How­ever it needs a crash course in eti­quette and man­ners.

There was no pro­vi­sion for our lo­cal coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ju­lia Leu at the top ta­ble.

If we want Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil to change its attitude to Port then this is most cer­tainly not the way to go about it.

Who were the free­loaders at the ta­ble any­way? One man at the ta­ble got up to ask a ques­tion which be­came a state­ment so long I thought for a mo­ment it may have been Rob Oakeshott.

Never mind the hand­outs an­nounced, I want to know what the Cham­ber of Com­merce does?

I joined when I came here 10 years ago and af­ter two years heard no more.

About a month ago, Gazette reader Steve Hull wrote in com­plain­ing about our lack of in­fra­struc­ture.

I thought wow, this will bring a re­sponse. Not a peep out of any­one.

Gentle­men and ladies of the Cham­ber, this town is dy­ing in the bum.

We have vir­tu­ally lost all our art gal­leries and the to­tal num­ber of empty shops since the clo­sure of Re­Hab? My count is 39.

Cause? Avarice and Greed. A real es­tate agent in this town who I highly re­gard is at their wits end try­ing to per­suade land­lords not to in­crease their rents. What’s the point in driv­ing ten­ants out? I try to sup­port lo­cal tradies but many pro­vide quotes much higher than those from Cairns. Don’t they want the work?

And with tourism we have to wake up to our­selves.

On a re­cent cruise of North and South Is­lands of New Zealand, at ev­ery port the town pro­vided the cour­tesy bus from wharf to the town cen­tre ev­ery 15 min­utes for free.

What do we do? Charge the poor bug­gers $5 from the wharf to Macrossan St.

No vi­sion and no ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age spend­ing here.

The Premier made it very clear de-amal­ga­ma­tion is most def­i­nitely not on the agenda, so let’s wake up to our­selves be­fore it is too late.

The Cham­ber of Com­merce has a chal­lenge be­fore it to en­cour­age land­lords, both lo­cal and ab­sen­tee, to be more re­al­is­tic and for some tradies to be like­wise, thereby en­cour­ag­ing shop­keep­ers and work­ers to stay.

A dead town is not a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

Edi­tor’s note: I am on the Port Dou­glas

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