Mayor Leu is calling on the public to visit Macrossan Street to see the lights turned on.
“Come to one of our fantastic restaurants or bars, have a drink, get some dinner and enjoy the street shining bright for the first time,” she said.
Council is encouraging everyone to use #LightUpPort when they take photos and post them to social media in a bid to promote the town.
“We want to make sure that when people are strolling down our beautiful Macrossan Street, they are taking photos and telling the world how amazing Port Douglas is,” Mayor Leu said.
The works were carried out by local company Bellero Electrical Services who worked with Decorative Lighting & Display Ltd worked to deliver the lights.
Mayor Leu additionally announced that more lighting projects will be carried out across the Shire.
“The lighting project will be extended with coloured lights planned for installation in Mossman and further work expected in Port Douglas.”
Further landscaping improvements are also on the agenda for Macrossan Street in the future.
Council has engaged Hortulus Australia Pty Ltd to develop new landscaping concept options to replace four stone pitch garden beds in the centre of Macrossan Street, located between Wharf St and the Port Village Shopping Centre.
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree Chief Executive Officer Tara Bennett said the new lights would add value to the town’s visitor experience.
“Port Douglas has a buzzing bar and restaurant scene that our visitors love,” she said.
“This project aims to add to their experience and leave them more satisfied with their Port Douglas holiday.”
The Light Up Port Project will see nine trees along the main street illuminated. Image: Supplied.
Douglas Chamber of Commerce President Liz Ross said the Chamber was extremely pleased to see the project come to fruition.
“It has been a while in the making but the result will be well worth the wait for visitors, locals and more importantly, business,” she said.
“The ambience will have a tremendous impact for the business community and to know that there are new landscaping ideas emanating from a local business who has a great reputation for quality work and ideas will only further add to the improvements.
“Also knowing that lights will be added to Mossman’s main street is also good to see and we are really pleased both areas are being refreshed and updated, especially also those familiar with Instagram,” Ms Ross said.
The Macrossan Street Lighting Project is one of many projects that fall under the Port Douglas Blueprint, which will be a collection of masterplans and projects for the town that will be collated into one holistic vision for the future.
Council is also currently seeking community feedback on Market Park and Rex Smeal Park about how that area could be improved.