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.