Power failures cut out business
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.