Better times are now on our doorstop
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.