The tourism industry is a case on point. It seems like there are "tourism awards" almost every month - this for an industry that for several years had all-but collapsed. By what criteria would any tourism business be judged after the tourist numbers had fallen by 60%? An award for not going bankrupt?
Another group that seems to have all-too-frequent awards are the butchers, and their snags. These snags and other smallgoods available in Cairns have been shockingly bad. Sure, sausages are not seen by some as fine meat products, but come'on. With the large number of Italians in Cairns you'd think we could get a decent piece of salsiccia (however we can't get a decent pizza either, but hey they are 2/$5 with this weeks voucher). FNQ has been served up junk, and the butchers give themselves awards for it. Walking past the vile tubes being grilled up in front of Bunnings or Harvey Norman is enough to make any reasonable person retch.
We've been part of a loose group that has endeavoured to bring back proper sausages from butchers in Brisbane, Sydney, and the smallgoods mecca, Adelaide when any in the group has been traveling.
Well, sing Hallelujah, a real sausage-maker has arrived and we can't be happier!
With little fanfare, 67-year-old Polish immigrant and former Adelaide Sausage King Stan Ciechanowicz decided he was bored in his tropical retirement, and he's opened to accolades by the sausage-eaters in Cairns.
And his small factory on Redden Street in Portsmouth has now become the holy grail for Cairns foodies, long deprived of quality products.
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Like any good businessman, Stan said after moving to Cairns that "there was a need for quality, good-value smallgoods in the region".
No government funding. No Advance Cairns. This is business leadership at its best.