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.