THANKS NEWS-MAIL FOR THE POSITIVE STORY

SmokeyAfter Smokey retrieved my News-Mail from the driveway this morning I was elated to read the front page headline “Welcome to Bundy: A Business Mecca”.

For years I’ve read and heard nothing but doom and gloom about our region with much of the focus understandably placed on our unacceptably high unemployment rate. The fact remains though that the diversity of lifestyles and industries on offer in this area are second to none and our focus should be on the positives (opportunities) and not the negatives (historical data). I guess that what I’m referring to is the ‘glass half full’ syndrome.

Today’s article features five reasonably new businesses of various sizes which are breaking the trend and whose owners have become ‘champions’ of the economic opportunities that exist here. And they’re not alone. Over the last few years the interest and investment in our region has been quite significant even if it has sometimes slipped under the radar.

Interestingly, nearly all of these ventures have come to fruition in the wake of the 2013 disasters and at a time when this region really needed a boost in confidence and growth.

Obviously, the attraction of the Knauf plasterboard factory and commitment to the gas pipeline to the Port has been highlighted on many occasions. However, you only have to look at the dollars poured into outlets on Johanna Boulevard and the confidence that Gerry Harvey has demonstrated through the multi-million dollar renovation of the local Harvey Norman store, to realise that our region is truly on the cusp of change. The Lady Musgrave Experience has also contributed to this by bringing a world class tourism operation to town with spin-offs for many related and not-so-related businesses.

Yes, there are still some empty shops and yes, our level of unemployment is still way too high, so am I simply trying to artificially ‘talk up’ the situation? Not for a minute.

What I am doing is using this opportunity to put things in perspective and to acknowledge that it takes a combined effort of government agencies, industry advocates, the community itself and the local media to recognise what a special place Bundy is and to spread that message far and wide.

Thanks to the News-Mail for publishing the most positive front page story that I’ve read in nearly 30 years.

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