RE­TIRE­MENT VIL­LAGES ARE AN ECO­NOMIC BEN­E­FIT

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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