City trader can’t wait for boom to be­gin

The Weekend Post - - News -

CAIRNS City Tat­too has presided over the in­ter­sec­tion of Lake and Shields streets for the past seven years and owner Duane Cash knows the hard­ship of do­ing busi­ness in the CBD bet­ter than most.

Mr Cash owns 26-28 Shields St and can­not find any­one to rent four va­cant re­tail spa­ces in the prop­erty.

“The boom keeps get­ting talked about but it just hasn’t hap­pened yet. I don’t think it’s too far away,” he said.

“The Crys­tal­brook owner has brought a bit of con­fi­dence back – we’d love to see a bit more life in the city.”

He said many build­ing own­ers faced high costs from rates and in­surance. After start­ing work in the city at 15, Mr Cash, now 51, said qual­ity goods and ser­vices were key to longevity.

“You’ve got to do your trade well. If it’s cof­fee, it bet­ter be good cof­fee, if it’s tat­toos, you’ve got to do good tat­toos,” he said.

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