DOUGLAS residents are encouraged to take a backyard holiday on the Mossman Show long weekend this year.

The Mossman Show public holiday, scheduled for Monday July 20, will remain on the same date despite the cancellation of 2020 show.

The push comes along with the Buy Douglas: Build Douglas campaign, which seeks to encourage people to spend their money at local businesses.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the Mossman Show long weekend was a perfect time for locals to ‘Do It In Douglas’ and support the local tourism sector.

“The Mossman Show is always a great event that brings the community together and with our local accommodation sector starting to open back up, I am saying let’s use this July long weekend to kick-start the recovery by booking a holiday in Douglas,” he said.

“There are plenty of amazing resorts, rainforest cabins, holiday homes and caravan parks to support during this time.

“Our beautiful beaches and spectacular parks are also the perfect setting for local families to enjoy a day out and explore the region.”

People travelling through Mossman will also be treated to new decorative lighting at the iconic raintrees, located at the northern edge of town.

Local electrical contractor, Bellero’s Electrical Services, will turn on more than one kilometre of decorative lighting later this month.

Douglas Shire Council engaged lighting consultant Decorative Lighting and Display to help complete the project, which features 1.718km of lighting wrapped around 11 trees.

Douglas Shire Councillor and Mossman business owner, Peter McKeown, said the lights added a nice touch to the northern edge of town.

“I saw the lights being tested in two trees last Friday night and they were fantastic,” he said.

“There were a lot of people passing who stopped and took photos. It will be very impressive once complete.”