Call goes out for re­tail­ers to join fo­rum

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

RE­TAIL­ERS are be­ing urged to an­swer a call to ac­tion for in­put into form­ing a stronger fo­cus on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the Dou­glas re­gion.

The Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce is host­ing an open fo­rum for all re­tail­ers to­mor­row morn­ing to gal­vanise sup­port for a funded eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment model to help re­vi­talise the lo­cal econ­omy.

Fo­rum or­gan­iser Martin Tran­ter said the gath­er­ing was open to all re­tail­ers to out­line the chal­lenges fac­ing the lo­cal re­tail sec­tor and of­fer any sug­ges­tions to im­prove the eco­nomic out­look.

“We ba­si­cally want to try and pull ev­ery­one to­gether and gal­vanise sup­port for an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment arm,” he said.

“If this is what the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity wants, they need to demon­strate their sup­port for it so we can move onto the next step.”

Mr Tran­ter said it was im­por­tant for the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity to unite to help at­tract fund­ing for the re­gion’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“We must grow the tourism pie, not fight for a dwin­dling share of it,” he said.

“You may be in re­tail, a ser­vice in­dus­try or in a trade but make no mis­take, all of us are in tourism.”

Mr Tran­ter said other sec­tors of the busi­ness com­mu­nity in­clud­ing restau­rants, ser­vices, trades and tourism op­er­a­tors would be asked for their in­put over the com­ing months to iden­tify com­mon goals and help for­mu­late a strat­egy to fund a strength­ened eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment arm in the re­gion.

The re­tail fo­rum will be held at the Port Dou­glas Com­mu­nity Hall to­mor­row from 8-9am and ev­ery­one is in­vited.

Photo by ALISON GE­ORGE

Call­ing all re­tail­ers: Phoebe Kitto, Martin Tran­ter and Paula John­son from the Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce

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