Call for red­backs to boost econ­omy

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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