Douglas in the spotlight at summit
THE general manager of Fullshare Group in Australia, Mr Yi Yu, put the spotlight firmly on Port Douglas at the recent economic summit in Cairns.
As the guest speaker at the gala welcome dinner, Mr Yu spoke about the company’s refurbishment of its various tourism assets in Queensland, most notably the Sheraton Mirage.
According to mayor Julia Leu, who was at the summit, the images on the big screen played very strongly and protractedly to the roomful of movers and shakers – government leaders and foreign investors who had been called together for a virtual trade expo of what our region has to offer.
The entire Qld cabinet was there, department director generals, MPs, and dozens of investors.
“Throughout the whole time I was able to meet all these people and form relationships,” Ms Leu said.
Concerning local issues, Ms Leu had a meting with the new Director General of the Prem- ier’s Dept, Dave Stewart.
“It was fantastic to have the deputation with the DG and I felt like I did have a good hearing.
“I outlined specifically the need for a new primary health care centre at Diwan, that was an excellent conversation to be able to have.
“I mean, there are no toilets at that centre. No one thinks this is appropriate in this country in 2015.
“I was able to present a powerful case, I believe, and there is a growing population, and business opportunities.
“At the same time I outlined the need for a boat ramp at Cooper Creek, and also raised the functionality issues of the Rocky Pt ramp, and Newell Beach.”
Ms Leu said she had requested urgent remedial works at Rocky Pt, and also that such works must first involve consultation with users.
She said in essence it came down to: “here are some problems, you need to get your act together, you need to respond to us and you need to respond in writing”.