Diver­sify econ­omy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THE present eco­nomic malaise in the Cairns/Port Dou­glas area is largely due to the tourism down­turn.

Port Dou­glas has been over-de­vel­oped with hol­i­day units, many of which will never give an eco­nomic re­turn to own­ers.

Tourism will re­main in the dol­drums in the medium-term, es­pe­cially with the high cost of air­line tick­ets to Cairns from within Aus­tralia.

What we need is a cir­cuit breaker. We need an ini­tia­tive that will at­tract new in­vest­ment and jobs to the area.

I pro­pose a tech­ni­cal univer­sity based in Moss­man, with a TAFE com­po­nent and ad­vanced spe­cial­ist stud­ies in oceanog­ra­phy, marine science, agri­cul­ture, nurs­ing and busi­ness.

All ar­eas of learn­ing specif­i­cally de­signed to com­ple­ment the re­gion’s ex­ist­ing needs.

This will diver­sify the lo­cal econ­omy and lead to an up­grade in ser­vices, es­pe­cially the Moss­man hos­pi­tal.

All it needs is sup­port from the lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce and bold and imag­i­na­tive gov­ern­ment.

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