Vi­sion a driver for suc­cess

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

AS A small busi­ness pro­pri­etor op­er­at­ing a ser­vice busi­ness I of­ten talk at length to vis­i­tors to our town about their hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence.

I am fre­quently told that, while the par­ents are hav­ing a great time, they are sick of lis­ten­ing to the com­plaints of their teenage kids - com­plaints such as “I’m bored” and “there’s nothing to do around here”.

I am then re­minded by th­ese vis­i­tors about the ex­pense of tak­ing a fam­ily on lo­cal trips and amuse­ments as well as out to din­ner.

With this in mind I would like to give a big thumbs up to lo­cal grass roots en­trepreneurs, Sam and Dav­ina Leo.

They are not high-fliers. Sam works nights at Coles. They do not have cor­po­rate in­vest­ment.

They have had a go and done some­thing dif­fer­ent. They have sunk a heap of their own funds as well as many hours of sweat and toil to fol­low their vi­sion and create a mini-golf fa­cil­ity in Grant St.

It is cur­rently op­er­at­ing though still in the de­vel­op­ment phase.

Sam has de­signed the course him­self af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with ex­perts and it is su­perb.

There are plans for a burger, bar­be­cue and drinks sit around and en­joy area in the near fu­ture.

They have en­coun­tered the dif­fi­cul­ties of sup­ply of both prod­ucts and labour so typ­i­cal to this re­gion and just sucked it up and worked around it.

When com­pleted, their Putt-Putt cen­tre will be, to my mind, a great entertainment and amuse­ment zone both unique and ef­fec­tive in our town.

Thumbs up also to their land­lord. He was happy to strike a very gen­er­ous lease agree­ment with Sam and Dav­ina which has turned an old, run down and un­rentable piece of real es­tate into an in­come pro­ducer for two par­ties and an entertainment fa­cil­ity for lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

And fi­nally , thumbs up to Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil for ap­prov­ing Sam and Dav­ina’s ap­pli­ca­tions.

I am told (hearsay only, I ad­mit) that the pre­vi­ous Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil re­fused three pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tions from other par­ties for sim­i­lar en­ter­prises. Who knows why?

I reckon this is a great ex­am­ple of the vi­sion, co-op­er­a­tion and just plain hard work that is needed right now in Port.

Fam­ily fun: Remy and Piper Leo

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