Try­ing our tradies pays off bills

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PORT Dou­glas res­i­dent Wayne Parkinson is laugh­ing all the way to the bank af­ter be­ing named the in­au­gu­ral win­ner of the Gazette’s Try Our Tradies pro­mo­tion.

Any­one who spent $200 or more with one of our lo­cal tradies from the Gazette’s trades and ser­vices sec­tion could put their name in the draw to win $200 cash back.

Out of dozens of en­tries, Mr Parkinson’s name was drawn on Mon­day af­ter tak­ing his car into Port Dou­glas Au­to­mo­tive t o be re­paired by own­ers Bren­dan and Ann Wynne.

‘‘I was ex­cited to win and quite shocked be­cause I don’t nor­mally win things,’’ Mr Parkinson said.

‘‘I brought my car to Bren­dan be­cause he’s the man, and af­ter I paid my bill Angie (on the front desk) handed over the form for the com­pe­ti­tion and told me to fill it in, so it was like a lit­tle bonus.’’

Mr Parkinson said the money will be spent on ad­di­tional work on his car with Port Dou­glas Au­to­mo­tive.

‘‘It all goes around in a cir­cle, it pays to go lo­cal be­cause you get great ser­vice and a job well done by the whole crew,’’ he said.

‘‘Go­ing lo­cal is per­sonal too, it makes a dif­fer­ence if some­one re­mem­bers you.’’

PDA owner Bren­dan Wynne said he was thrilled one of his cus­tomers won.

‘‘It’s re­ally im­por­tant to keep it lo­cal, it keeps the money lo­cal and shared around, I per­son­ally don’t shop in Cairns un­less I can’t find it here and I will hunt around lo­cally first,’’ he said.

Gazette man­ag­ing edi­tor Greg McLean said the re­sponse to the first Try Our Tradies c o m p e t i t i o n was en­cour­ag­ing and the in­cen­tive to use lo­cal trades and ser­vices would con­tinue on a monthly ba­sis.

See page 9 o f to­day’s Gazette to reg­is­ter for this month’s Try Our Tradies pro­mo­tion and check out elig­ble busi­nesses on pages 30-31.

Pic­ture: ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

CASH PRIZE: Port Dou­glas Au­to­mo­tive owner Bran­don Wynne with our Try our Tradies win­ner Wayne Parkinson

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