Call for redbacks to boost economy
A PLAGUE of redbacks is set to descend on Mareeba businesses and boost the local economy.
Mareeba Chamber of Commerce president Joe Moro has called for people to drop an extra redback when they go shopping.
“We are asking people to spend an extra $20 and it will generate $10 million in the retail side of Mareeba’s economy over the next 12 months,” he said.
“It’s predominantly focused on the CBD and trying to get people spending more money in the retail shops and making sure they remain as viable as possible because we need diversity in our retail sector.”
Mr Moro said Mareeba’s strategic position and strong fundamentals were reasons to be optimistic about the town’s future.
“People are looking at this area to invest and taking up opportunities as they see them,’ he said.
“For example, we have Springmount Raceway, the wind farm and the transport facilities at the industrial park.
“There is interest in the strategic position of Mareeba as the base of the Cape and also as a town that provides services and opportunities for all parts of the Tablelands.”
Mr Moro said while the looming water shortage was causing some anxiety, the general feeling was upbeat.
“I think there’s been optimism generally around the town,” he said.
“There’s some concern with how we’ll end up with the weather this wet season and how the 2017/2018 year will pan out if we don’t get enough rain.”
Mr Moro wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
“Everybody deserves a break and there will be a bit of frantic shopping between now and Christmas,” he said.