Sur­vey to feel busi­ness pulse

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IF YOU own an ABN reg­is­tered at a lo­cal ad­dress, ex­pect to get an email from Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil at some point in the next cou­ple of weeks.

It will con­tain a six-page busi­ness sur­vey which coun­cil says will only take 12 min­utes to com­plete.

Most lo­cal busi­ness-own­ers will prob­a­bly have that time on their hands, given the dire state of the tourism sec­tor at present.

Coun­cil says the sur­vey is “aimed at iden­ti­fy­ing is­sues faced by lo­cal busi­nesses so they can be ad­dressed in strate­gic eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plan­ning”.

“Re­sponses are con­fi­den­tial and anony­mous,” coun­cil’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager Fiona Wil­son said.

“It is a prac­ti­cally-fo­cussed sur­vey aim­ing to get in­for­ma­tion about busi­ness needs and is­sues they are fac­ing.

“Ar­eas of fo­cus in­clude busi­ness de­vel­op­ment needs, broad­band needs, home-based busi­nesses and busi­ness con­fi­dence.

“The in­for­ma­tion we get will pro­vide di­rect in­put into the de­vel­op­ment of coun­cil’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strate­gies, busi­ness plans and projects for the next two to three years.”

How­ever, Port Dou­glas cham­ber of com­merce pres­i­dent Ken Dobbs said the sur­vey was “puz­zling”.

“I would have thought coun­cil would talk to the cham­bers of com­merce be­fore is­su­ing a sur­vey like this,” he said.

“All the lo­cal cham­bers have good com­mu­ni­ca­tion, we would have been able to as­sist.

“I would think a lot of the in­for­ma­tion coun­cil is af­ter would al­ready be pub­licly avail­able, through the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics for in­stance.”

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