Bet­ter times are now on our doorstop

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

EACH morn­ing at the Townsville Bul­letin, our re­porters gather to dis­cuss their story ideas for the day, then we de­cide where each story should run.

Yes­ter­day, when we were de­cid­ing which story de­served to­day’s front page, we re­alised there was, for the first time in ages, an over­whelm­ing num­ber of pos­i­tive eco­nomic sto­ries.

Busi­ness con­fi­dence is trend­ing in the right di­rec­tion and there are a num­ber of small to medium- sized busi­ness own­ers who be­lieve strongly enough in the city’s re­cov­ery to ex­pand their op­er­a­tions.

The Sin­ga­porean de­fence deal is pro­gress­ing and as re­vealed in to­day’s edi­tion, con­struc­tion could start by 2019. This op­por­tu­nity is mas­sive for North Queens­land. On top of that some sub­ur­ban pock­ets are show­ing pos­i­tive real es­tate signs.

When god­fa­thers of this city, like Gra­ham Jack­son, speak out, we lis­ten.

And Mr Jack­son, founder of Loloma Jew­ellers, OAM and for­mer Townsville En­ter­prise chair, said he could see the change com­ing. He pre­dicts this city will be com­pletely dif­fer­ent in 12 months. That, of course, still de­pends on a few things.

The de­fence deal needs to be seam­less, gov­ern­ments need to con­tinue to de­liver promised projects in a timely fash­ion and show pri­vate en­ter­prise that this city is open for busi­ness.

Com­pa­nies need to re­act to pos­i­tive signs and be bold. Con­sumers need to keep their hard- earned cash in this city and with Christ­mas fast ap­proach­ing, spend at a lo­cal busi­nesses rather than go­ing on­line or out of town.

Our colum­nist Shari Tagliabue hits the nail on the head to­day when she laments the num­ber of re­ports be­ing com­mis­sioned without re­sults.

Now is the time for ac­tion and mo­men­tum. And for the first time in a very long time, we dare to be­lieve bet­ter times are around the corner.

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