Search for positive rally solutions
YOU would have been bitterly disappointed if you'd expected a mob of whingers at the Jetty Business Group post-rally meeting.
Instead of maintaining the rage over poor patronage during the Jetty Foreshores rally stages, the mood at yesterday afternoon's meeting was to remain positive and to make the rally work better for all traders if it returns in 2013.
Jetty strip proprietors have every reason to fume because the anticipated crowds did not materialise but they want to move on.
So much so a business forum is mooted to help them capitalise on future big events.
Up to 70 people gathered at the Pet Porpoise Pool and were invited by organisers to be frank about the rally's impact on their premises.
"When we did our meetings with the council they said 'you are going to have 10,000 people down there who all want to be fed at once'. There was a lot of misinformation," said Amy Squires from Hog's Breath Cafe.
Liz Delves from Banana Coast Seafood said her trade over last Thursday and Friday nights had been "terrible", with locals steering clear due to fears the Jetty would be too packed.
That was a common theme - many complained RTA signboards probably frightened people away from the Jetty with warnings to expect heavy traffic.
SCU researcher Dr Arianne Reis, who is conducting a post-rally assessment, urged businesses to complete an online survey which starts on Monday.
Local cabbie and transport operator Lawrie Matthews said he had a terrific few days and pleaded with proprietors to resist negativity.