Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

Prior to the elec­tion, I was ac­tively de­bat­ing the ‘co­conut dis­as­trous plan’ and eval­u­at­ing a run for the of­fice of Mayor. De­vel­op­ing a plat­form I con­tacted the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Govern­ment and asked if a coun­cil can en­gage in busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties to gen­er­ate profit and re­duce rates. The an­swer was YES. I was given ex­am­ple af­ter ex­am­ple of suc­cess­ful coun­cils en­gaged in prof­itable busi­nesses through­out Queens­land.

Yes one can ‘pay and pay’ for rates but I am a firm be­liever that part­ner­ing with busi­nesses to cre­ate a mar­ketable prod­uct the DSC could pro­duce in­come to off­set rates. As an ex­am­ple, the use of a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral prod­uct that the Shire is known for, prides it­self in, and would in­crease tourism and no­to­ri­ety is ‘Co­conut Wa­ter’. The end prod­uct is ‘healthy’ and a multi bil­lion dol­lar busi­ness world­wide. In­stead of culling over 6000 co­conut palms shire wide a

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