Editor’s com­ment:

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

A VERY merry Christ­mas to all of our read­ers and sup­port­ers.

It’s been an­other tough year on the eco­nomic front but there are sev­eral promis­ing signs for 2012 and as al­ways, re­gard­less of our own per­sonal woes, there have been many high­lights we should be proud of as a com­mu­nity.

If there is any­where else in the world that ex­tends the hand of sup­port in times of need bet­ter than in the Dou­glas re­gion then I will quite hap­pily eat my own shoes for din­ner.

You only have to look at our let­ters page this week and flick through the pa­per to un­der­stand this com­mit­ment to the greater good of the com­mu­nity isn’t ex­tra­or­di­nary, it’s just what peo­ple do around here.

Per­haps that is part of the at­trac­tion for the many thou­sands of tourists who will de­scend on the re­gion in the next few weeks to kick back and re­lax and soak up the at­mos­phere.

Look­ing for­ward, per­haps we fi­nally have some­thing to look for­ward to in 2012.

When the wet sea­son sinks in early in the new year, Port Dou­glas will have a com­bined $16 mil­lion worth of re­de­vel­op­ments oc­cur­ing un­der the roofs of two of our most im­por­tant re­sorts, Rydges Sabaya and Ra­mada.

This not only im­proves the out­look for the re­gion with bet­ter prod­uct and shows con­fi­dence, it is pro­vid­ing mil­lions of dol­lars for the lo­cal trades­men who haven’t had much to smile about over the last few years at a time of the year when they are tra­di­tion­ally won­der­ing where their next cheque might come from. The $16 mil­lion Moss­man Gorge Gate­way is on track to open in the first six months of 2012 and will only en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence for tourists once com­pleted, as well as pro­vid­ing long-term lo­cal jobs for our lo­cal in­dige­nous com­mu­nity.

We also have 40 MBA stu­dents from the Mel­bourne Busi­ness School ar­riv­ing in Port Dou­glas in Fe­bru­ary to con­duct an un­prece­dented anal­y­sis of our lo­cal econ­omy which should pro­vide real data and in­sights lo­cal busi­nesses can use.

And if the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil re­ally wants to get se­ri­ous about di­ver­si­fy­ing the re­gional econ­omy, they couldn’t do any worse than in­vest­ing in a film and tele­vi­sion stu­dio in Craiglie.

Have fun and see you in a cou­ple of weeks.

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