Power fail­ures cut out busi­ness

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE un­re­li­able power sup­ply to the north of Cas­sowary is frus­trat­ing for busi­ness own­ers like Remi PougeardDulim­bert.

The owner of the pop­u­lar Moss­man restau­rants Mo­jos and Sug­ars said al­ready this year he has had to close twice be­cause of power fail­ures.

“Ev­ery time it hap­pens we have to close early be­cause we can’t op­er­ate the busi­ness and we lose busi­ness,” he said.

“We usu­ally will wait as long as we can to see if the power comes back on, but by 6.30pm it gets dark and we have to start think­ing about clos­ing.

“The loss of in­come com­bined with hav­ing to pay the staff costs about $1,500 roughly.

“At this time of the year, it’s hard to get peo­ple in and with this econ­omy en­vi­ron­ment - clos­ing a night and los­ing that much is a lot.

“It’s dif­fi­cult, it’s frus­trat­ing and it’s dis­heart­en­ing when you work so hard to make a quid and some­thing like that hap­pens.”

Red tape from gov­ern­ment pa­per­work is listed by many busi­nesses across the re­gion as be­ing the big­gest an­noy­ance, how­ever, for Mr PougeardDulim­bert, un­re­li­able electricity is on par.

“These li­cences and fees that the coun­cil and state and fed­eral politi­cians like to part on us and at the mo­ment with the Aus­tralian dol­lar be­ing so high and tourism suf­fer­ing, it’s not easy to run a busi­ness,” he said.

“I just want to be able to pro­vide a ser­vice for the town and my staff all work so hard, it would be good to get a bit more re­wards and not have to give so much in tax or deal with the electricity.”

Even with the frus­tra­tion, Sug­ars has had a suc­cess­ful start af­ter Mr PougeardDulim­bert bought the take­away res­tau­rant nine months ago and Mo­jos is do­ing well even in the slow sea­son.

But he said he was right be­hind a com­mu­nity push to up­grade the power sup­ply north of Cas­sowary to be in line with Port Dou­glas.

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