IT’S refreshing to say that the debate and discussion via our website and Facebook page about the application for a third adult shop in Port Macquarie has been very, well ... adult.
People overwhelmingly came out in support of the business’s venture in the initial stages but there is a groundswell of discontent among many others in the community.
Whether or not there’s a market for a third adult store in Port Macquarie, and our research casts some doubt on the need for one, the applicants have every right to go through the process and try to establish a business in what they think is a suitable location for sucessful and productive trade.
The applicants have demonstrated a well-rounded approach to their proposal and will no doubt comply with all the necessary obligations to make sure they trade discreetly and within the necessary guidelines. Good luck to them.
But howling down those who protest against the business is equally undemocratic.
This process has highlighted the real need for Port Macquarie business folk to be more involved in their community – and they can do that by writing to council in this case (either for or against) and signing up to contribute to the Chamber of Commerce so a clearer understanding on the CBD’s direction is more easily identifiable for all.