Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the strategy presented a clear path to attract exciting new industries, create jobs and achieve sustainable economic growth.
“Tourism underpins our economy, but we need to target new markets with fresh experiences, grow the health and well-being sector, as well as capitalise on our appeal to the lucrative sports tourism market,” he said.
“In agriculture, Mossman Mill continues to look at diversifying its sugarcane products through the bio precinct, while we have recognised a unique potential to showcase our tropical fruit, seafood and indigenous foods through rich paddock-to-plate experiences.
“To become a thriving economy, Douglas Shire needs smart, targeted and sustainable development to attract a modest increase in its population and capitalise on the deep affinity the southern pre-retirement and retirement demographic has with our destination.”
The strategy identifies key projects such as the Mossman Mill bio precinct, Mossman Botanical Gardens and Great Barrier Reef Legacy Living Coral Bank, as important drivers in developing the environmental science sector to attract workers and residents to the region.
Douglas Shire is home to over 12,000 residents, with almost 60% living in the two main population centres of Port Douglas and Mossman.
Port Douglas is the tourist gateway to the region, while Mossman is the administrative, health, industrial and agricultural hub.
The three key drivers identified in the strategy for economic growth are:
Find out more, revie w the strategy and have your say at the Douglas Shire Council webpage - Draft Economic Development Strategy Released For Public Consultation