The Douglas Shire Economic Development Strategy 2017-2021 recommends the establishment of a number of taskforces to develop and implement measures that support the region’s future prosperity.
Douglas Shire Council produced the EDS in collaboration with key stakeholders including Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree, the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and industry groups.
Among the key recommendations of the EDS is creating a study, training and entrepreneur incubator centre and further developing an allied health hub and health tourism.
Other focus areas to be further explored by collaborative taskforces include increasing the resilience of the sugar industry, developing the Douglas Shire as Australia’s leader in sustainable development and attracting and facilitating investment.
Mayor Julia Leu said the EDS allows key stakeholders to play an important role in the development and implementation of the strategy and actions.
“While Council plays a lead role in economic development throughout the Shire, the establishment of a number of taskforces to address the identified themes will create business, industry and community ownership of actions and opportunities,” Mayor Leu said.
“The successful delivery of the Douglas Shire Economic Development Strategy will require involvement and resources from multiple organisations within and outside the Shire, and will be dependent upon flexibility, speed of decision making, collaboration and trust.
“I’m delighted with how the process has developed so far and very excited by the diversity and number of economic opportunities that have been identified for further investigation.
“More details about the taskforces will be revealed in the coming weeks but in the meantime I urge all local businesses to have a read of the EDS and start thinking about how they may be able to play a role in the growth of our local economy.”