Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

I am re­ceiv­ing very pos­i­tive feed­back about the Busi­ness Fo­rum hosted by Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil last week.

With great speak­ers shar­ing in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and ad­vice to those in at­ten­dance, and the fan­tas­tic net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented to our busi­ness com­mu­nity, the fo­rum has pro­vided a solid plat­form from which to launch a revitalised ef­fort in grow­ing and sus­tain­ing the Dou­glas econ­omy .

It is now im­por­tant that the expectations cre­ated by the fo­rum are ad­vanced and built upon.

I am, there­fore, very pleased to have suc­cess­fully in­sti­gated in­clu­sion of an Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (Sus­tain­abil­ity) Strat­egy in the Coun­cil’s 2015/16 Op­er­a­tional Plan. This strat­egy, which is to be com­pleted this fi­nan­cial year, will iden­tify a long term vi­sion for our econ­omy and pro­vide a road map for se­cur­ing a sus­tain­able and vi­brant eco­nomic fu­ture for Dou­glas.

By ne­ces­sity the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (Sus­tain­abil­ity) Strat­egy will re­quire in­put from, and con­sul­ta­tion with, the Dou­glas busi­ness sec­tor and more broadly the com­mu­nity at large. There is a very real op­por­tu­nity now to get us all work­ing to­wards a com­monly un­der­stood and ac­cepted longer term vi­sion for our econ­omy un­der­pinned by a se­ries of agreed strate­gies tar­get­ing clearly iden­ti­fied and achiev­able out­comes.

We all have a stake in the well be­ing of our lo­cal econ­omy. I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of our Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (Sus­tain­abil­ity) Strat­egy in the com­ing months.

David Carey, coun­cil­lor, Dou­glas Shire

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