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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

NO ONE likes to see an­other lo­cal busi­ness go un­der, but it’s even worse in the cir­cum­stances of Bale.

Bale Re­sort will no doubt re­open again soon and many of the 30 or so em­ploy­ees may even get their jobs back, but the chances of them see­ing a dime for at least the last two weeks is close to non-ex­is­tent.

The direc­tors of Port Dou­glas Re­sorts, which owns the man­age­ment let­ting rights to Bale, must have known they were in trou­ble a few weeks ago.

It ap­pears the com­pany’s sit­u­a­tion has been dire for many months, yet they chose the day be­fore staff were due for their fort­nightly pay to in­form them that they could pack their bags be­cause the re­sort was fold­ing un­der their own­er­ship.

Many of these staff mem­bers were the same peo­ple who, af­ter Cy­clone Yasi, worked many back-break­ing hours clear­ing de­bris to en­sure the re­sort could re-open again as soon as pos­si­ble.

Is this re­ally what the world has come to? Un­for­tu­nately it is. It has been played out around the globe time and time again and will oc­cur many more times in the not too dis­tant fu­ture.

Hav­ing it hap­pen in our own back­yard, when many peo­ple know some­one im­me­di­ately af­fected, just rams it home harder.

No one can blame Port Dou­glas Re­sorts for go­ing bust or at least be­ing on the precipice, but they have shown lit­tle re­spect for their em­ploy­ees.

In fact, the head chef and restau­rant man­ager were still un­aware of their fate last night as they are over­seas and their mates have been un­able to reach them.

The prospects of any­one owed money by the fail­ure of Bale re­cov­er­ing any of the ou­s­tand­ing amount ap­pears slim as Bale was the com­pany’s only as­set prop­erty.

If the com­pany is liq­ui­dated the man­age­ment rights will re­vert to the body cor­po­rate which is not re­spon­si­ble for any out­stand­ing amount.

A cou­ple of weeks wages might only be a small amount to some peo­ple, but for many oth­ers it is the dif­fer­ence be­tween pay­ing the mort­gage and beg­ging for help. If the writ­ing has been on the wall for the com­pany in­volved, the least it could have done was in­form their staff of the sit­u­a­tion be­fore they lost the lot.

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