Editor’s com­ment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK - Greg Mclean Man­ag­ing editor

AS THE sun sets on an­other hor­ri­ble year for the ma­jor­ity of lo­cal busi­nesses, is there fi­nally a glim­mer of hope on the hori­zon?

With­out be­ing too op­ti­mistic, there is good rea­son to be­lieve 2012 may well bring more pros­per­ity to the re­gion.

From most ac­counts, the al­beit brief tourist sea­son over Christ­mas is show­ing much more prom­ise than last year.

The brief­ing from the Mel­bourne Busi­ness School pro­fes­sors who will be over­see­ing the Re­vi­talise Port Dou­glas study next year was also over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive. While the study is not go­ing to solve all of our prob­lems, these peo­ple con­duct­ing the study are very smart cook­ies and their aim is to de­liver a study the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity can ac­cess and ac­ti­vate to help stim­u­late the lo­cal econ­omy.

Ques­tions such as what were the pri­mary fac­tors in the boom times, how can the Dou­glas re­gion tap into the rivers of min­ing wealth and what needs to be done to diversify the econ­omy are well worth the anal­y­sis and we should all get be­hind their en­thu­si­asm.

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