RETIREMENT VILLAGES ARE AN ECONOMIC BENEFIT
While our main industries are tourism and sugar it has been an objective for many years to attract new industries which can broaden our economy.
These industries should be environmentally friendly and contribute to employment growth.
The retirement industry is a growth industry with an increasing percentage of the population in the over 60 bracket.
Many towns throughout Australia are investing in the retirement industry by building retirement villages for the over 50s.
The economic benefits of retirement villages are considerable, firstly with employment in the construction phase and then with the ongoing spending on health, retail, restaurants and services.
A retirement village with 100 units would generate $30m in the construction phase and $5m per year ongoing economic value.
Port Douglas is ideally situated to attract cashed up retirees looking for a safe, environmentally friendly and warm place to retire with facilities such as restaurants, golf courses, medical services and proximity to an international airport.
With the upcoming elections I would like prospective councillors to express their level of support for the provision of adequate provisions in the proposed new town plan to encourage the developers to invest in the retirement industry which
would be of great benefit to the Shire.
Ken Dobbs, Port Douglas