Trying our tradies pays off bills
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.
CASH PRIZE: Port Douglas Automotive owner Brandon Wynne with our Try our Tradies winner Wayne Parkinson