Vision a driver for success
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