DSC funds two new projects

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

TWO new projects have been suc­cess­ful un­der Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil’s in­au­gu­ral Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Fund.

The Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Fund was an­nounced as a new eco­nomic devel­op­ment ini­tia­tive by Coun­cil at the in­au­gu­ral Dou­glas Busi­ness Fo­rum in Novem­ber last year.

The pur­pose of the BDF is to help sup­port and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­nesses, in­dus­tries and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions to grow and di­ver­sify the Dou­glas econ­omy. The suc­cess­ful BDF ap­pli­cants were:

Freeride Elec­tric Ad­ven­ture Tours ($4000) - for as­sis­tance to es­tab­lish a new elec­tric bike start-up tour busi­ness in the Dain­tree-Cape Tribu­la­tion area.

Dain­tree Mar­ket­ing Co­op­er­a­tive ($3500) – to de­velop 30-sec­ond, 60-sec­ond and three-minute dig­i­tal videos to pro­mote the busi­nesses and at­trac­tions in the Dain­tree re­gion.

Mayor Julia Leu said Coun­cil was en­cour­aged by the qual­ity of the suc­cess­ful ap­pli- cations and the po­ten­tial for them to add value to the lo­cal econ­omy.

“The Dou­glas Shire is renowned as an ad­ven­ture des­ti­na­tion and the Freeride Elec­tric Ad­ven­ture Tours busi­ness is an ex­cit­ing new ven­ture that pro­vides a unique rain­for­est ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mayor Leu said.

“The Dain­tree Mar­ket­ing Co­op­er­a­tive’s pro­posal will show­case the des­ti­na­tion and lo­cal op­er­a­tors to new au­di­ences and at­tract vis­i­tors to the Dou­glas Shire who may have been con­sid­er­ing other hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions.

“I’m de­lighted by the out­come of Coun­cil’s in­au­gu­ral Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Fund which I’m very proud to con­firm will be of­fered again in the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year.”

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