SPARKLING Christmas trees, decorative lighting and indigenous seasonal artwork are among a jolly swag of projects sprinkling the festive spirit in Douglas Shire this month.

Douglas Shire Council has flicked the switch on Christmas trees in Port Douglas and Mossman to mark the tropical Christmas countdown.

Local electrical companies Bellero Electrical Services and Hatfield Electrical helped to install wash lights under the iconic raintrees and changeable coloured lighting – now shining green and red – on Front Street in Mossman.

It follows the switching on of the new permanent decorative lighting that has been shining bright for the past few weeks on Macrossan Street in Port Douglas.

The lighting complements the new Jarramali seasonal banners, which depict major moments in the Eastern Kuku Yalanji seasonal calendar like turtles nesting, fishing for barramundi, the time for building shelters and hunting and gathering in the wetlands.

Local artists and Muruku Group members Margaret Rocky, Janine Paterson, Alison Creek and Fiona Creek are proud to be a part of the project, which promotes the use of traditional language within the Shire.

The projects are a show of support for the Douglas Chamber of Commerce’s “Retail Display Challenge”, which calls on local businesses to decorate their shop fronts for a chance to win a prize.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu, who joined Quicksilver Group to help pack hampers as part of the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal at Mossman Shire Hall, said the projects would help lift the community.

“We want to do our bit to celebrate a big 2019 and set the scene for a fantastic Carols by Candlelight at the Mossman Showgrounds this weekend,” she said.

“We packed almost 100 hampers to be delivered to those less fortunate, we have given our towns a sparkle and now we’re encouraging our wonderful community to turn out in force to Douglas Shire Carols by Candlelight.

“Come to Mossman and take a look at the Jarramali banners, which are about paying respect to the Traditional Owners while sharing their rich stories with residents and travellers passing through town.”

Local artists, special guests and Santa & Mrs Claus will star at the Douglas Shire Carols by Candlelight, which starts at 6pm at the Mossman Showgrounds on Sunday.

The event will be hosted by Triple M’s Mark Littler with food, drink and entertainment will be available from 5.30pm. Fireworks to start at 8.30pm.

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Council Christmas Closures

Office hours:

Council offices will be closed from 12pm Tuesday 24 December 2019 to the start of business on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

Please contact the after-hours number at 07 4099 9444 for any council-related emergencies.

Daintree Ferry:

The Daintree Ferry will operate on Christmas Day between 7:30am to 5pm

Douglas Libraries

Mossman Library  and Port Douglas Library will be closed from 12pm Tuesday 24 December 2019 to the start of business on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

Mossman Pool & Caravan Park:

  • 13 December: CLOSED from 12noon
  • 24 December: CLOSED from 3pm
  • 25 December: CLOSED
  • 26 December: CLOSED
  • 1 January: CLOSED

Operating hours will be 9am – 4pm for the period 27 December to 5 January (excluding Public Holiday hours as noted above).

Normal operating hours will resume from Monday 6 January 2020.

Please note: Recycling and waste collection services will operate as usual through the Christmas period and there will be NO changes to any wheelie bin days.