Call goes out for retailers to join forum
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.
Calling all retailers: Phoebe Kitto, Martin Tranter and Paula Johnson from the Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce