Mind your manners
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