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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Gizelle Ghidella

CAFE owner Damion Jones has seen just about ev­ery­thing dur­ing his decade long stint of work­ing in Port Dou­glas.

“When I first came here the Global Fi­nan­cial Cri­sis had just ended,” he said.

“The town was just empty shops with for lease signs ev­ery­where.

“But I’ve seen the town build up strong from al­most rock bot­tom.”

The Lit­tle Larder owner said he was ex­tremely op­ti­mistic the town and re­gion would bounce back hard in the back half of 2020.

And a Buy Dou­glas: Build Dou­glas cam­paign, driven by Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with the Gazette, is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to help get their lo­cal busi­nesses through un­til then by spend­ing their cash in the re­gion.

CAFE owner Damion Jones has seen just about ev­ery­thing dur­ing his decade long stint of work­ing in Port Dou­glas.

“When I first came here, the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis had just ended,” he said.

“The town was just empty shops with ‘for lease’ signs ev­ery­where.

“But I’ve seen the town build up strong from al­most rock bot­tom.”

Mr Jones owns the Lit­tle Larder and has been op­er­at­ing as a take­away with a new grab-and-go menu.

He said he’s been over­whelmed with sup­port since he re­sumed trade in late April.

“I know they’ve been sup­port­ing ev­ery­body and they need to be con­grat­u­lated for that,” he said.

“We’re do­ing all right.”

Mr Jones said al­though things are tough at the mo­ment, he be­lieves the town will bounce back strong when do­mes­tic travel is re­in­stated.

And a Buy Dou­glas: Build Dou­glas cam­paign by Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil (with sup­port from the Port Dou­glas & Moss­man Gazette) is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to spend their money in the re­gion in the face of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

“I’m op­ti­mistic about the sec­ond half of the year,” he said.

“I know peo­ple want to come back, Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber and De­cem­ber could look re­ally good for us.

“If they opened the bor­ders this week­end, I reckon we’d be full.”

Though re­stric­tions have eased slightly for cafes, restau­rants and pubs, Mr Jones said the cus­tomer limit isn’t vi­able for his busi­ness but he’s look­ing for­ward to open­ing as soon as pos­si­ble.

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

The Lit­tle Larder owner Damion Jones with barista Daisy Wil­son.

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Owner of Lit­tle Larder, Damion Jones, with barista Daisy Wil­son.

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