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Be prepared for Tropical Cyclone Debbie

Everything you need to know about tropical Cyclone Debbie...

Published: 25 Mar 2017

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Parking in Mackay is changing

Council will be removing the parking meters in its paid carparks on Friday, March 31.

Published: 24 Mar 2017

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Road closures

Council would like advise the following road closures:

Published: 23 Mar 2017

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Maroon fever starts to build ahead of fan day

Fancy a lunch date with the Queensland State of Origin team?

Published: 23 Mar 2017

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Removal of unsafe trees at water treatment plant

Council's arborists have identified 15 pine trees at the Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant that pose a potential safety risk and need to be removed.

Published: 23 Mar 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region...

Amazing exhibitions opening at Artspace Mackay this week, run the Colour Dash 3000 or join local author Rhonda Brown for the ‘Hello Rainbow’ book launch.

Published: 22 Mar 2017

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Little bit of Italy coming to Mackay

Nonna is throwing a street party in Mackay and wants everyone to come home for it.

Published: 21 Mar 2017

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$5000 on offer for uni students

University students are renowned for having to be quite frugal to juggle their studies with living costs.

Published: 21 Mar 2017

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Bus and RV access dream now a reality

A $500,000 upgrade of Sarina’s Field of Dreams parkland is now a reality, with finishing touches being put on the construction project.

Published: 21 Mar 2017

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Heritage efforts to be honoured

WANTED: Examples of excellence in the conservation of heritage and history in the Mackay region.

Published: 21 Mar 2017

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Council staff in the spotlight

New insights into a range of council services are being provided on TV screens and in social media and the messages are being delivered in the words of our workers.

Published: 21 Mar 2017

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Gallery and gardens explore our botanical cosmos

A collaboration of gallery and gardens has produced an art exhibition that explores the botanical cosmos of Mackay.

Published: 21 Mar 2017

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Construction begins at Lamberts Beach lookout

Construction on a whale-watching pavilion at Lamberts Beach Lookout will begin this Wednesday (March 22).

Published: 20 Mar 2017

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Artspace upgrades heighten your senses

Artspace Mackay has undergone an upgrade designed to heighten the senses of visitors.

Published: 16 Mar 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

There are amazing shows happening at the MECC, see the beauty in Man Cheung’s works at Artspace Mackay or Dudley Denny City Library hosts Tech Talks.

Published: 15 Mar 2017

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Giant owl head gets go-ahead thanks to grant

A giant owl head, representing two threatened local species, is one of the more original projects to have received council funding.

Published: 15 Mar 2017

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Tech Savvy Seniors program is back

The fortnightly Tech Savvy Seniors program is back at Mackay Regional Council Libraries.

Published: 13 Mar 2017

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Council developing strategy to shape community

The last five years has seen our region transformed.

Published: 09 Mar 2017

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Malcomson street upgrades continue

Council recently began work on a $3.8m upgrade to widen Malcomson Street to four lanes and install new traffic lights at Charles Hodge Avenue.

Published: 09 Mar 2017

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Heritage Fair to be bursting with brides

Last year the stage was filled with boxers, bikers and bowlers, but this year Greenmount will be bursting with brides.

Published: 09 Mar 2017

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Help improve our halls

There is still time to have your say on how you think our community halls could be improved.

Published: 09 Mar 2017

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New $1.6m operations centre and nursery

A new $1.6 million operations centre and nursery is set to flourish at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Published: 08 Mar 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region...

Check out the 50 Fabulous Faces exhibition, ‘Become an Entrepreneur and Change Your Life’ seminar or if you have a green thumb, there is an open day on at the Orchid House.

Published: 08 Mar 2017

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Free conferences to upskill community groups

For the first time members of not-for-profit groups and organisations have a personal development opportunity usually only available to business people.

Published: 08 Mar 2017

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Regions collaborate on disaster management

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday councils are looking to further strengthen their disaster management capabilities.

Published: 07 Mar 2017

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Works on Bedford Road, Andergrove

Council will be undertaking water main works near the intersection of Bedford Road and McMahon Street this Thursday (March 9), subject to weather.

Published: 07 Mar 2017

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Hillside salvage a true team effort

To many, it might simply look like hillside scrub.

Published: 07 Mar 2017

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Line-marking works in Sarina

Council will carry out night-time line-marking in Sarina next week.

Published: 06 Mar 2017

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Mackay to welcome Queen’s Baton

Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Mackay as we prepare to host the Queen’s Baton Relay in lead-up to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Published: 03 Mar 2017

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Seaview Park shared path to be extended

Council is about to extend the shared path in Seaview Park at Bucasia.

Published: 03 Mar 2017

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Partial road closure for Twilight run

THERE will be a partial road closure in Wood Street in the City Centre tomorrow (Friday, March 3) evening for the Twilight 5km Marina Run Launch.

Published: 02 Mar 2017

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Works on Davey Street, Glenella

Council will be performing preliminary water main works on Davey Street in Glenella from this Sunday (March 5).

Published: 02 Mar 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region...

Botanic Gardens café are hosting their sunset sessions traffic light party or attend an information seminar – ‘All About Women Satellite’ at the MECC.

Published: 02 Mar 2017

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Mackay region to celebrate women

What do actor Geena Davis, mechanical engineer, social advocate and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Fat Acceptance Movement activist Lindy West have in common?

Published: 02 Mar 2017

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Council responds to proposed planning scheme submitters

A new single planning scheme for the Mackay region is taking shape.

Published: 28 Feb 2017

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Council in Community kicks off for 2017

Council will hold its first Council in Community Day for 2017 tomorrow (Wednesday, March 1).

Published: 28 Feb 2017

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Sarina Sugar Shed in the national spotlight

The Sarina Sugar Shed is the toast of the country, after snaring a silver at the 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Darwin.

Published: 27 Feb 2017

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Sports precinct construction

It's been five years in the making, but today the sod was turned on the multi-million-dollar Mackay Regional Sports Precinct.

Published: 23 Feb 2017

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Motorists reminded to pay attention to overhead signage

Motorists are being reminded to look up and pay attention to variable electronic signage on an overhead gantry in Malcomson Street during peak traffic times.

Published: 23 Feb 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region...

Watch the story of Christine McVie at the MECC this Friday, don’t miss the SUNS take on the Bombers this Sunday or head to Gordon White library for a Tech Talks session.

Published: 22 Feb 2017

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Work for Queensland boosts local jobs

A total of 36 local projects will be delivered in the next nine months after the State Government approved Mackay’s $11.4 million Work for Queensland wish list.

Published: 22 Feb 2017

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Committee Chairs to change

A review into council’s standing committees has resulted in changing the make-up of two existing committees.

Published: 22 Feb 2017

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Fashion designer and songwriter get a leg-up

A budding fashion designer and a performing songwriter received a leg-up at a council morning tea today.

Published: 22 Feb 2017

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Sugar Shed recognised nationally in tourism industry

The Sarina Sugar Shed and Ibis Mackay will put the Mackay region on the map at the upcoming 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards on Friday, February 24 in Darwin.

Published: 21 Feb 2017

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Mackay’s Got Talent auditions moved

Auditions for Mackay’s Got Talent, which showcases the talent of Mackay’s youth, have moved due to a lighting strike.

Published: 17 Feb 2017

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Strategy to promote Mackay fishing to the world

The Mackay region is primed to take advantage of a boom in recreational fishing tourism.

Published: 16 Feb 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Our facilities have plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained…

Published: 15 Feb 2017

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Book your free stall at the Volunteer Expo

Does your community or not-for-profit group need a hand, or a few extra pairs of hands?

Published: 15 Feb 2017

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Nice ‘jester’: Safety messages on the road

For the past five years, Sergeant Nigel Dalton from the Mackay Crime Prevention Unit has thrown his support behind Safety Circus.

Published: 10 Feb 2017

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Public views sought on region’s community halls

Do you use community halls in our region?

Published: 10 Feb 2017

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Artspace closes for renovations

After 14 years of providing exhibitions, workshops and events to the community, Artspace Mackay is getting a revamp.

Published: 09 Feb 2017

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Women encouraged to get active

Council is offering a range of $5, $10 and $15 classes as part of its popular Get Out, Get Active fitness program.

Published: 09 Feb 2017

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Cowboys players back-up for expo appearance

New signing Ben Hampton will be one of six NQ Cowboys players who will make an appearance at the Mackay Sports Expo and Sign-on Day this Sunday.

Published: 09 Feb 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Don’t miss the Cowboys take on the Roosters this Saturday or come down to the MECC this Sunday for the Sports Expo and Sign-On Day.

Published: 08 Feb 2017

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Mackay to host 2017 Indoor Cricket National Championships

More than 700 players from across the country will compete at the 2017 Indoor Cricket National Championships, which will be played in Mackay, in July.

Published: 08 Feb 2017

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Council water software goes places

Water meter data management software developed by Mackay Regional Council is attracting interest throughout Australia.

Published: 08 Feb 2017

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Works on Peak Downs Highway, Te Kowai

Council will undertake works to relocate a section of water main on Peak Downs Highway in Te Kowai from this Thursday (February 9).

Published: 07 Feb 2017

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Students offered an insight into Artspace Mackay

Bailey Gambie is off to UNSW Sydney this year to study Art Theory, but before making the big city leap, she was able to gain some practical local experience.

Published: 06 Feb 2017

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Online services outage

Our online services will be unavailable from 3:30pm - 4:30pm Saturday, March 18

Published: 03 Feb 2017

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Alert stations take disaster response to new heights

Council is about to embark on a new project that will improve its decision-making processes in emergency events.

Published: 03 Feb 2017

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Upgrades to Campwin Beach SES facility

Campwin Beach State Emergency Service volunteers will no longer need to park their private vehicles along the public road when volunteering.

Published: 02 Feb 2017

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AFL in our backyard

The 2017 JLT Community Series match in Mackay has been officially launched.

Published: 02 Feb 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Our facilities have plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained…

Published: 01 Feb 2017

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Change of library hours for ribbon cutting

The Dudley Denny City Library will have a change of opening hours this week to facilitate official opening celebrations.

Published: 31 Jan 2017

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Road closures

Council would like to advise the following roads are closed due to heavy rainfall.

Published: 30 Jan 2017

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Malcomson Street road works prompt access changes

Motorists and pedestrians may have noticed changes near the intersection of Malcomson Street and Charles Hodge Avenue at Mount Pleasant.

Published: 30 Jan 2017

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Mackay will host the 2017 Queensland Cross-Country

Mountain Bike Australia Ltd (MTBA) has announced Mackay will host the 2017 Queensland Cross-Country (XCO) State Championships.

Published: 30 Jan 2017

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Bundesen Street Park upgrades

Council is currently upgrading Bundesen Street Park in North Mackay following community consultation carried out last year.

Published: 30 Jan 2017

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Study, love of dance brought Chinese troupe together

While they hail from China, it was about 7500km away in Mackay where two ladies met, became close friends and started dancing together.

Published: 27 Jan 2017

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Short delay for replacement wheelie bins

There will be a slight delay in delivery of replacement wheelie bins next week.

Published: 27 Jan 2017

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Flow testing of water mains, Glenella and Mount Pleasant

Council will undertake works to perform flow testing of water mains along Davey Street in Glenella on Tuesday (January 31).

Published: 27 Jan 2017

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Unsung heroes recognised with Australia Day honours

Major award winners of Mackay’s Australia Day Awards have one thing in common – they don’t seek accolades for the tireless volunteer work they do.

Published: 25 Jan 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Put on your Aussie cossie and grab a snag at one of many community events this Australia Day or celebrate the Year of the Rooster at Artspace Mackay doing fun crafts.

Published: 25 Jan 2017

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Top 10 Australia Day events in the Mackay region

Council is proudly supporting 10 Aussie-themed community events throughout the Mackay region for Australia Day.

Published: 25 Jan 2017

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Amazing Artspace opportunities for young people

Our region’s creative children have the opportunity to learn from one of Mackay’s best-known and most experienced artists.

Published: 23 Jan 2017

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GW3 Directors Elect Appointment

GW3 chair elect John Glanville has announced directors selected to take up board positions on the new economic development body for our region.

Published: 20 Jan 2017

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Time running out for $1000 arts bursary

Applications for Artspace Mackay Foundation’s $1000 Hands On Bursary close this coming Monday (January 23).

Published: 20 Jan 2017

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Recognising our region’s extraordinary women

Do you know an everyday woman who does extraordinary things?

Published: 19 Jan 2017

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Mackay ranks well in disaster management

Mackay has been given a big tick of approval for its disaster management.

Published: 19 Jan 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the Mackay region this week to keep cool and beat the heatwave...

Published: 18 Jan 2017

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Community Grant round closing soon

Applications for council’s twice-yearly Community Grants program close on Friday, February 3.

Published: 18 Jan 2017

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Defend yourself against dengue

Dengue outbreaks occur annually in North Queensland and residents are being reminded to be vigilant to prevent the spread of the disease.

Published: 16 Jan 2017

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New round of City Centre Façade Improvement Scheme opens

A new round of the City Centre Façade Improvement Scheme opened today (Monday, January 16).

Published: 16 Jan 2017

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Works on Mansfield Drive, Beaconsfield

Council will undertake works to install a new water main connection at Mackay District Special School on Mansfield Drive in Beaconsfield from this Tuesday (January 17).

Published: 13 Jan 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Our facilities have plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained…

Published: 12 Jan 2017

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Charities fed up with litterers

Mackay's Lifeline has spent more than $35,000 disposing rubbish left outside their charity bins in the last year.

Published: 12 Jan 2017

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Celebrate the region’s unsung heroes

Residents are being encouraged to celebrate local heroes in our community at this year’s Mackay Regional Council Australia Day Awards

Published: 11 Jan 2017

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Big wet keeps council mowing crews busy

If you’re battling to stay on top of your fast-growing lawn during the current big wet, spare a thought for council’s mowing crews.

Published: 11 Jan 2017

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Incident at Dudley Denny City Library

Council has launched an internal investigation into an incident in the playground section at the Dudley Denny City Library this afternoon.

Published: 09 Jan 2017

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Road closures

As of 8.30am today the following roads remain closed due to wet weather:

Published: 05 Jan 2017

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Sarina Waste Transfer Station reopening this Saturday

Council wishes to advise the Sarina Waste Transfer Station at Brooks Road will be reopening this Saturday (January 7) and resume normal hours of operation hereon.

Published: 04 Jan 2017

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the Mackay region this week – Get creative at the Active Kids in the City activities or get moving with the 10,000 Steps program

Published: 04 Jan 2017

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Last chance to nominate for an Australia Day Award

There is less than one week remaining to nominate someone for an Australia Day Award.

Published: 04 Jan 2017

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Keep your animals safe and secure this New Years’

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, council is encouraging residents to think about their pets’ safety.

Published: 03 Jan 2017

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Bring in the New Year with a bang

Locals are being encouraged to head down to Bluewater Quay for the best seat in the house at this year’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Published: 03 Jan 2017

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NYE party moved to the MECC due to inclement weather

A forecast of inclement weather has prompted organisers to move the free BB Print New Year’s Eve River Party to the MECC.

Published: 30 Dec 2016

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New kids performance at NYE river party

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Curious George stage show scheduled to take place at the BB Print New Year’s Eve River Party will no longer go ahead.

Published: 22 Dec 2016

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Christmas Closures

Please be aware of the following council facilities closures over the holiday period.

Published: 21 Dec 2016

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is still time to visit Mackay City Centre’s Christmas Wonderland workshops, take the family to the Sarina Sugar Shed for a fun day out or cool down at the Bluewater Lagoon.

Published: 21 Dec 2016

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Libraries overwhelmed by generosity this festive season

Mackay Regional Council Libraries waived over $4300 fees as part of this year’s Food for Fines promotion.

Published: 21 Dec 2016

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Avoid a recipe for disaster this Christmas

Don't let Christmas leftovers leave you with a pain in the stomach.

Published: 21 Dec 2016

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Our online services will be unavailable tonight

Our online services will be unavailable tonight between 8pm and 4am.

Published: 20 Dec 2016

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Pets are not presents

Council and the RSPCA are encouraging residents to adopt a pet as a gift this festive season rather than buying one.

Published: 20 Dec 2016

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Nominate a good sport

Mackay has been home to many successful sporting stars over the years.

Published: 19 Dec 2016

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Charity bins are not dumpsters

Dirty nappies, broken fridges filled with rotten food and prawn shells are just some of the items local charities find dumped outside their bins.

Published: 16 Dec 2016

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Enjoy the Christmas holidays in the region’s parks

Three new park projects will be ready just in time for the Christmas holidays.

Published: 15 Dec 2016

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Use your dump vouchers to help prepare for cyclone season

It's cyclone season and now is the time to kick off safety preparations by tidying up yards and cashing in dump vouchers.

Published: 14 Dec 2016

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the Mackay region this week in the lead up to the festive season, check out our top 10 things to do...

Published: 14 Dec 2016

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Road closures

Road closures as of 1pm today

Published: 13 Dec 2016

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Telephone payment changes

Making automated telephone payments to council is set to become even easier.

Published: 13 Dec 2016

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Christmas in the Gardens

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens’ popular family festivity, Christmas in the Gardens, will be held this Friday, December 16.

Published: 13 Dec 2016

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Dudley Denny City Library car park

The new Dudley Denny City Library car park will be resurfaced tomorrow.

Published: 12 Dec 2016

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Bulls Masters launch new Youth Cup for regional players

Queensland’s next generation of cricket stars will be mentored by some of the state’s former greats at the inaugural Bulls Masters Youth Cup in Mackay next week.

Published: 09 Dec 2016

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Special guests sign-on for Sports Expo

Netball sharp-shooter Romelda Aiken and NQ Cowboys players will be among special guests at the annual Sports Expo and Sign-on Day in February.

Published: 08 Dec 2016

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AFL footy to make its mark in Mackay

February will serve up a feast of footy in Mackay.

Published: 07 Dec 2016

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Deadline nears for submissions on proposed new planning scheme

Public consultation on the proposed Mackay Region Planning Scheme is in its final week.

Published: 07 Dec 2016

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Multi-million dollar tender drives waste innovation

A performance-based contract with a high tech fleet is set to take the region’s landfill waste management to the next level.

Published: 07 Dec 2016

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Christmas school holiday activities

Entertain the kids these Christmas school holidays with some of the following great activities across the region.

Published: 07 Dec 2016

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Our facilities have plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained around the region this weekend...

Published: 07 Dec 2016

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Put pool safety on your Christmas list

With Christmas just around the corner, council is reminding residents that compliant fencing must be installed around all wading pools and spas.

Published: 07 Dec 2016

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Zany zines and posing pets steal the show

Artspace is being overrun by posing pets and zany zines with two new exhibitions opening this Saturday.

Published: 06 Dec 2016

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Familiar Christmas sounds in a new location

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens’ popular family festivity, Christmas in the Gardens, is moving locations.

Published: 06 Dec 2016

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Victoria Street temporary road closure

Council wishes to advise that the eastbound lane of Victoria Street, between Gregory and Wood streets, will be closed to traffic from 5am to 2pm on Monday, December 5.

Published: 02 Dec 2016

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Nominate environmental heroes

Council is asking residents to help celebrate environmental champions in the community.

Published: 02 Dec 2016

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Mackay announced as location for world-class cancer centre

Icon Group have announced Mackay as a location for an Icon Cancer Centre in North Queensland, offering both chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Published: 02 Dec 2016

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EOI call for renewable energy options

Mackay Regional Council is keen to increase its use of green energy options.

Published: 01 Dec 2016

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Victoria Street eastbound closure

Council would like to advise Victoria Street eastbound, between Gregory and Wood streets, will be closed for a period this Friday (December 2).

Published: 01 Dec 2016

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Palm Cleaning in the City Centre

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre on Monday, December 5.

Published: 01 Dec 2016

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Wise men, Bethlehem and a great night out in Sarina

The wise men of Sarina’s Bethlehem won’t have a lot of frankincense to offer, but they will have some lucky door prizes and a hot barbecue loaded with snags.

Published: 01 Dec 2016

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CQUni hits high note hosting international conference

For the first time, Mackay will host to the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australian and New Zealand branch.

Published: 30 Nov 2016

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Top 10 things to do around the region

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Published: 30 Nov 2016

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Mackay’s City Library is on the move

The Mackay City Centre will be getting its new, hi-tech library in time for Christmas.

Published: 29 Nov 2016

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Emergency electrical works on booster water pump station

Council will be undertaking some emergency electrical works to the Marian booster water pump station from this Tuesday (November 29).

Published: 28 Nov 2016

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Council warns of increase in thong-throwing in the region

Residents are being warned to expect an increase in thong-throwing competitions on Australia Day.

Published: 25 Nov 2016

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Health screening to highlight workers' risk of disease

Council is challenging local businesses by leading the way in helping improve the overall health and wellbeing of the community by health screening their employees.

Published: 24 Nov 2016

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Local businesses are on the road again

Council has awarded two local contractors tenders worth a combined $1.2 million.

Published: 24 Nov 2016

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Annual report provides snapshot of achievements

Did you know that 626,565 items were borrowed at Mackay Regional Council libraries last financial year?

Published: 23 Nov 2016

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Better Community Building Fund offers $2 million in funding

Council's successful economic stimulus measure – the Better Community Building Fund – is back with $2 million in funding on offer.

Published: 23 Nov 2016

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Our facilities have plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained…

Published: 23 Nov 2016

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Local muso coach and mentor joins RADF

From “mumager” of a rising star, to promoter and coach of musicians and artists from across the state, Kristy Gostelow is excited to give back to Mackay's creative community.

Published: 22 Nov 2016

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NRL Trial Match NQ Toyota Cowboys v Sydney Roosters

The wait is over with tickets for the NRL pre-season trial match to be held in Mackay next year on sale from Monday.

Published: 21 Nov 2016

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4MK’s Carols in the City returns to the Bluewater Quay

4MK’s Carols in the City 2016 will take place Saturday, December 3 at Bluewater Quay, Mackay.

Published: 18 Nov 2016

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Help those in need while flicking library debts

Don't forget to give your fines the flick while helping those in need this festive season.

Published: 18 Nov 2016

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Council helps cultivate award-winning trainees

Council's Rebecca Barrett has been awarded Trainee of the Year at the 2016 Queensland Landscape Construction Awards.

Published: 18 Nov 2016

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International exposure for Mackay’s bioenergy credentials

Six international bioenergy experts are touring the Mackay region.

Published: 17 Nov 2016

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Don’t play renovation roulette with asbestos

Council is supporting Asbestos Awareness Month in November.

Published: 17 Nov 2016

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Grants spread festive cheer across the region

Council has just given our community’s festive celebrations a $10,000 boost.

Published: 16 Nov 2016

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Our facilities have plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained…

Published: 16 Nov 2016

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Dome parking upgrade underway

Council wishes to advise that works associated with upgrading the carpark for the new Dudley Denny City Library will commence next Monday (November 21).

Published: 16 Nov 2016

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Dogs prohibited from Sandfly Creek

Dog walkers are being reminded to use alternative routes around Sandfly Creek Environmental Reserve during the annual shorebird migration season.

Published: 15 Nov 2016

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Nominations now open for Australia Day Awards

Do you know someone who has inspired you with their achievements in the last year?

Published: 15 Nov 2016

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No plans to fluoridate Sarina’s water supply

Mayor Greg Williamson has reiterated that there are no plans to reintroduce fluoride to Sarina’s water supply.

Published: 14 Nov 2016

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Safety is the key message this summer

Summer is officially upon us and temperatures are heating up.

Published: 14 Nov 2016

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New fish hotels installed at Gooseponds

Another 10 new fish hotels will join the 10 existing structures installed earlier this year.

Published: 14 Nov 2016

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Mackay operators fly high at Queensland Tourism Awards

The Sarina Sugar Shed and Ibis Mackay took home Gold at this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards, held on Friday, November 11 in Brisbane.

Published: 14 Nov 2016

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Training available for grant applications

Three free training sessions are being offered to residents to coincide with the latest round of council’s Community Grants going live.

Published: 11 Nov 2016

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Night works on Gordon, East Gordon and Goldsmith streets

Council will undertake night works to perform condition assessments of water mains and fire hydrants on Gordon, East Gordon and Goldsmith streets from Tuesday.

Published: 11 Nov 2016

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Works on sewage pump station Farrellys Road, Paget

Council will be undertaking works to a sewage pump station on Farrellys Road between Diesel Drive and Southgate Drive, Paget, from this Monday (November 14).

Published: 11 Nov 2016

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Council helps Mackay residents stay up to date

After a month-long eNewsletter promotion, council has declared its latest marketing campaign a success.

Published: 11 Nov 2016

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Mackay to Host Cowboys V Roosters Trial Match

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have announced they will host the Sydney Roosters in a pre-season trial match in Mackay next year.

Published: 11 Nov 2016

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Still time for your pet to shine

There is still time to have your pet portrait immortalised on the walls of Artspace Mackay.

Published: 10 Nov 2016

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Council grants aimed at groups with green thumbs

The next round of council’s Community Grants is offering up to $5000 for groups looking to help the environment.

Published: 10 Nov 2016

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Community consultation days at local beaches

Residents are being encouraged to attend community consultation events at Grasstree Beach and Blacks Beach this Sunday.

Published: 10 Nov 2016

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Incentives policy to attract development expanded

A council policy which aims to attract investment and create jobs in the region is being boosted to provide even more incentives.

Published: 09 Nov 2016

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Third stage of Hogan's Pocket development completed

The third stage of the $5 million Hogan's Pocket Regional Landfill Development project has been completed.

Published: 09 Nov 2016

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National Recycling Week reminds us all to recycle right

National Recycling Week (November 7-13) is underway and it is a great time to reflect how we can improve our recycling habits.

Published: 09 Nov 2016

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Top 10 things to do around the region

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Published: 09 Nov 2016

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Paulette Street road closure

Council has begun work upgrading the drainage in Paulette Street.

Published: 09 Nov 2016

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Shakespeare Street culvert upgrade

Mackay Regional Council has begun work replacing another culvert on Shakespeare Street.

Published: 09 Nov 2016

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Works on Bona Vista Drive and Charles Hodge Avenue

Council will undertake works to install a new water main on Bona Vista Drive and Charles Hodge Avenue in Mount Pleasant from tomorrow (Wednesday, November 9).

Published: 08 Nov 2016

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Eton water is safe to drink

Council has moved quickly to isolate groundwater supplies at Eton after detecting elevated levels of uranium in one of the bores.

Published: 07 Nov 2016

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Pay your fines with food this festive season

The Food for Fines initiative, now in its 19th year, has helped raise more than $75,000 worth of food for local charities.

Published: 07 Nov 2016

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New nursery for the new year at Botanic Gardens

After 13 years of operation, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens will finally build its own plant nursery.

Published: 04 Nov 2016

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Funds to help raise pride in building facades

Council wants to help commercial property owners and business operators take pride in the facades of their properties.

Published: 03 Nov 2016

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Published: 02 Nov 2016

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Funding available for true blue celebrations

Council is once again offering funding for events and celebrations held on Australia Day 2017.

Published: 01 Nov 2016

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Council heads to community’s Northern Suburbs

Councillors and senior management will head to the Northern Suburbs tomorrow (Wednesday, November 2) as part of the Council in Community initiative.

Published: 01 Nov 2016

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Farmers’ Market on the move for summer

This week’s Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market will be the last one in Wood Street Park before it moves to a new location and time for summer.

Published: 01 Nov 2016

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Have your say on the future of our beaches

Residents are being given the opportunity to provide feedback on the future of three local beaches.

Published: 31 Oct 2016

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Bursary recipient blazing a trail on big and small screens

Last year’s Jack Sturgeon Bursary recipient, Dimity Howard, has appeared on a string of television shows, a web series and even in a Jackie Chan movie.

Published: 28 Oct 2016

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Field of Dreams tourism funds

The Field of Dreams Parklands in Sarina is to become the new one-stop tourist spot for the Mackay region.

Published: 27 Oct 2016

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Recycling bins are no place for dangerous waste

Operators were forced to undertake a precautionary evacuation at Mackay Regional Council’s Recycling Facility recently.

Published: 27 Oct 2016

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Works on No. 1 sewage pump station Shoal Point Road

Council will be undertaking works to a sewage pump station on Shoal Point Road between Fisher Street and Nilsson Court, Bucasia from this Monday (October 31).

Published: 27 Oct 2016

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RADF helps immortalise local history

Nearly 115 forgotten indentured labourers from the Pacific Islands will be remembered and immortalised thanks in part to a local RADF-funded project.

Published: 27 Oct 2016

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Council doubles food delivery with this year’s drive

Mayor Greg Williamson today handed two van-loads of food and toiletries to two local charities.

Published: 26 Oct 2016

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New planning scheme being released for public consultation

The community is being given another opportunity to comment on a proposed new single planning scheme for the Mackay region.

Published: 26 Oct 2016

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Published: 26 Oct 2016

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Road closures for Christmas decorations

Motorists are advised that there will be some road closures in the City Centre this Saturday, October 29, while council installs Christmas decorations.

Published: 26 Oct 2016

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Female sports stars of the future receive funding

A hockey goalie with an eye on a Hockeyroo jersey and a Bakers Creek Tiger with National AFL League aspirations have come one step closer to their dreams this morning.

Published: 26 Oct 2016

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Trade waste industry information session

Council will be hosting a free trade waste industry information session this Monday, October 31.

Published: 25 Oct 2016

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Action Plan to make region more accessible

Council's Accessible Communities Action Plan is more than just a document.

Published: 25 Oct 2016

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Take a look at plans for Lamberts Beach Lookout upgrade

Here is a sneak peek of what the upgraded Lamberts Beach Lookout will look like.

Published: 25 Oct 2016

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Freaky Friday at the Botanic Gardens

Shrieks and squeals may be heard coming from the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens this Friday.

Published: 24 Oct 2016

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Partnership celebrates 25 years of saving lives

Mackay’s lifeguards are notching a historic milestone, celebrating 25 years of saving lives on local beaches.

Published: 21 Oct 2016

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Changes to waste and recyclables collection services

There will be some changes to waste and recyclables collection services across the Mackay region beginning this Monday, October 24.

Published: 20 Oct 2016

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Published: 19 Oct 2016

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Indonesian contemporary art to wow Artspace crowds

Indo Pop, Very Woofy and Gifted promise visitors an eclectic and inspiring journey through the galleries of Artspace.

Published: 19 Oct 2016

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Artspace is going to the dogs!

Not just dogs… but cats, birds, and other interesting pets are the focus of Artspace’s next great community art exhibition.

Published: 18 Oct 2016

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Interim CEO of GW3 appointed

The Whitsunday ROC continues to work through the finer details of the development of the Greater Whitsunday Alliance, an economic development entity working for the region.

Published: 18 Oct 2016

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Take your senses on a world tour

More than a dozen different food vendors will be creating mouth-watering cultural cuisine from around the world at this year’s Global Grooves festival.

Published: 18 Oct 2016

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Andergrove roundabout is ready

Upgrades to the roundabout on Bedford Road and Oak Street, Andergrove, are now complete.

Published: 18 Oct 2016

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Client Service Centres open a little later

Mackay Regional Council’s Client Service Centres will open a little later than normal this Thursday (October 20).

Published: 17 Oct 2016

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Tree removed for safety concerns

The large weeping fig tree near Pinnacle Pub is being removed due to safety concerns.

Published: 14 Oct 2016

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Pet fish are pests in the wild

Council is urging residents to avoid releasing pet fish into the local water network after a new pest fish species was discovered in Glenella.

Published: 14 Oct 2016

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Poppies project receives state accolade

A project which included a field of red poppies on council’s Civic Precinct lawns coinciding with the Anzac Centenary in 2015 has won an award.

Published: 13 Oct 2016

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Help clean up beanbag balls at Slade Point

Council is calling for volunteers to help clean up the beanbag balls and other litter at Slade Point this Saturday.

Published: 13 Oct 2016

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Remediation work will attract more fish to Gooseponds

The Gooseponds is becoming even more fish-friendly.

Published: 13 Oct 2016

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Council recognised internationally for water business innovation

The accolades keep flowing for council’s Water and Waste Business.

Published: 13 Oct 2016

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Path is clear for region’s artistic and cultural development

Council has a clear path along which to steer our local arts and cultural development for the next five years.

Published: 12 Oct 2016

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Published: 12 Oct 2016

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Road closure at Lansdowne Road intersection

Council will be carrying out the final stage of road upgrades at the Lansdowne Road and Horse and Jockey Road intersection this Thursday and Friday.

Published: 12 Oct 2016

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Council driving food to local charities

The food drive collection baskets are filling up, but more help is still needed.

Published: 11 Oct 2016

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New planning scheme for region back on agenda

A new single planning scheme for the Mackay region is back on council’s agenda.

Published: 11 Oct 2016

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Works on Cheribon Avenue and Charles Hodge Avenue

Council will undertake works to install a new water main on Cheribon Avenue and Charles Hodge Avenue in Mount Pleasant from this Tuesday (October 11).

Published: 07 Oct 2016

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Kids Art Club brings out the creative side in children

Kids Art Club is back at Artspace Mackay with an exciting program of art activities tailored especially for the creative children of our region.

Published: 07 Oct 2016

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Weekend road closures in City Centre

There will be some road closures in the City Centre this weekend for two separate events.

Published: 07 Oct 2016

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Driving sports tourism in the Mackay region

A project which will drive sports tourism in Mackay and draw cricket and AFL fans from far afield will now become a reality.

Published: 06 Oct 2016

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Latest in fashions spring to life in City Centre

Wood Street in Mackay’s City Centre will be even more fashionable than usual this Saturday.

Published: 06 Oct 2016

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Council raises roof on park vandals

The shade sail over the large playground at Tom McLean Park in South Mackay is being replaced with a permanent roofed structure.

Published: 06 Oct 2016

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Leave the car at home this month

Council is encouraging residents to walk past their car keys and instead grab their helmets or walking shoes for two upcoming national initiatives.

Published: 05 Oct 2016

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Published: 05 Oct 2016

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Christmas Grants boost region’s festive spirit

Nothing is more special than celebrating Christmas with friends and family.

Published: 04 Oct 2016

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Councillors touring Habana and Northern Beaches

Council will be briefed on projects and issues in areas from Habana to the Northern Beaches tomorrow (Wednesday, October 5).

Published: 04 Oct 2016

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Connect with council and you could win a new iPad Air 2!

Council has launched a new competition to encourage residents to get connected with their local community.

Published: 30 Sep 2016

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Trees removed from library car parks

Trees will be removed from the car park behind The Dome and the public car park on River and Gregory streets this Sunday (October 2), weather permitting.

Published: 29 Sep 2016

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Works on sewage pump station Willets Road, North Mackay

Council will undertake works to build a new access driveway to a sewage pump station in North Mackay on Willetts Road from this Tuesday (October 4).

Published: 29 Sep 2016

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Published: 28 Sep 2016

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Mackay recognised for sustainable initiatives

Mackay has been awarded the Queensland Sustainable City title for 2016 by Keep Queensland Beautiful.

Published: 28 Sep 2016

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Bulls Masters to mentor Queensland’s best in T20 Challenge

Queensland’s best regional cricketers will be in Mackay this weekend for a shot at Twenty20 glory in the annual Bulls Masters Country Challenge.

Published: 27 Sep 2016

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Region gearing up for cycling events

Mountain bike riders and cyclists will saddle up for three great events supported by council in the coming fortnight.

Published: 27 Sep 2016

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Victoria Street closure

The closure of the eastbound lane of Victoria Street, between Gregory and Wood streets has been extended in the interest of public safety.

Published: 23 Sep 2016

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Clean out your pantry to help those in need

As a result of an internal Anti-Poverty Week food drive last year council staff donated a van-load of non-perishable food items to Mackay charities.

Published: 23 Sep 2016

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An evening of photography, artists’ books and discussion

Artspace Mackay is throwing open its doors for a special, free, after-hours presentation of photography, artists’ books and captivating discussion.

Published: 22 Sep 2016

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Sporting groups boosted with Community Grants

Council's Community Grants are helping make our region a healthier and more active place to live.

Published: 21 Sep 2016

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Published: 21 Sep 2016

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Celebrity chefs in town for Farmers’ Market

Celebrity chefs, former Mackay miners Alex Ebert and Gareth Cochran, will be guests at this week’s Farmers’ Market in the City Centre.

Published: 20 Sep 2016

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Connecting Mackay Fluoride poll

Time is running out to have your say on the future of water fluoridation in the Mackay public water supply.

Published: 19 Sep 2016

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Lane of Victoria Street to be closed for library works

A section of the northern side of Victoria Street will be closed next week due to construction works on the new Dudley Denny City Library.

Published: 16 Sep 2016

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One step closer for the Greater Whitsunday Alliance

The formation of an exciting new regional economic organisation for the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region is one step closer.

Published: 15 Sep 2016

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Flood and Stormwater Strategy developed

Council has a better understanding of the region’s flood and stormwater issues following the development of a draft Flood and Stormwater Strategy.

Published: 15 Sep 2016

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Hands On to help a local art student

This year’s Artspace Mackay Foundation Hands On Bursary recipient, Julia Kaddatz, is delving head-first into Melbourne’s creative arts.

Published: 15 Sep 2016

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Changes to waste and recyclables collection services

There will be some changes to waste and recyclables collection services across the Mackay region beginning Monday, October 24.

Published: 14 Sep 2016

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Published: 14 Sep 2016

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Fluoride livestream for debate

The Community Forum on fluoride will be livestreamed via council’s website.

Published: 13 Sep 2016

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Works on Charles Hodge Avenue, Mount Pleasant

Council will undertake works to install a new water main on Charles Hodge Avenue in Mount Pleasant from tomorrow (Wednesday, September 14).

Published: 13 Sep 2016

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Traffic changes City Centre on Sunday morning

There will be some traffic changes in the Mackay City Centre this Sunday (September 11) morning.

Published: 09 Sep 2016

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Step into spring with these great school holiday activities

Entertain the kids these school holidays with the following great activities across the region.

Published: 09 Sep 2016

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Volunteers show their civic pride at Great Northern Clean Up

More than three tonnes of general rubbish and 900kg of used tyres have been collected across 11 sites in the Mackay region as part of an annual clean-up.

Published: 09 Sep 2016

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Nominate a local young achiever

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson is encouraging residents to nominate a local young person for a Queensland Young Achiever Award.

Published: 07 Sep 2016

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Published: 07 Sep 2016

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Works on Barnes Creek Bridge and Barnes Creek Road

Council will undertake works to install a sewer main bypass on Barnes Creek Bridge and Barnes Creek Road in North Mackay from this Monday (September 12).

Published: 06 Sep 2016

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Fluoride community forum to be held

Council wants the community to have its say on whether fluoride should remain in the region’s public water supply.

Published: 06 Sep 2016

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Disruption on the Bluewater Trail

Pedestrians and cyclists may experience minor disruptions on the Bluewater Trail this week.

Published: 06 Sep 2016

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Councillors visiting Pioneer Valley

The new Council in Community initiative will take councillors and senior management to the Pioneer Valley tomorrow (Wednesday, September 7).

Published: 06 Sep 2016

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Road resurfacing program begins

Council will begin preventative maintenance work on more than 38kms of road this month as part of the 2016-17 road resurfacing program.

Published: 02 Sep 2016

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Funding available for creative projects

You may have noticed some RADF assisted projects around our region recently without realising it.

Published: 01 Sep 2016

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Plastic bottle carries blast from the past

Council has returned a 19-year-old message in a bottle to its owner.

Published: 31 Aug 2016

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Join the Great Northern Clean Up this weekend

Help keep Mackay clean and green by participating in the Great Northern Clean Up event this weekend.

Published: 01 Sep 2016

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Published: 31 Aug 2016

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Local pools welcome spring with a splash

With the change of season, comes a blast of aquatic fun.

Published: 31 Aug 2016

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Events calendar packed with fun

The events just keep coming for Mackay people and visitors to enjoy.

Published: 31 Aug 2016

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Arts and Culture Plan reaches final stage

After several months of extensive community and stakeholder consultation, council has completed a draft Arts and Culture Plan for 2016 to 2020.

Published: 31 Aug 2016

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Mackay’s Orchid Extravaganza is back!

Residents with a green thumb will be glad to know the Mackay Orchid Extravaganza is back.

Published: 30 Aug 2016

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Published: 24 Aug 2016

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Mackay gets roads boost of more than $670,000

Funding under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery program has been distributed to council to assist with local road construction and maintenance.

Published: 23 Aug 2016

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Step inside the world of artists’ books

Do you know what an artists’ book is?

Published: 22 Aug 2016

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Disruption to our online services

Council's online services will be unavailable on Sunday, August 21 between 9am and 5pm due to updates on our servers.

Published: 19 Aug 2016

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Next stage of upgrades at Jubilee Park begin

Mackay Regional Council will commence work on stage three of the Jubilee Park Upgrade Project from Monday, August 22.

Published: 19 Aug 2016

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Wanted: Apprentices and trainees to join council

When Nicole Bourne was a Sarina State High School Year 12 student five years ago she applied for a diesel fitter apprenticeship advertised on council’s website.

Published: 18 Aug 2016

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Great Northern Clean Up site registrations now open

Take pride in Mackay by participating in this year's Great Northern Clean Up.

Published: 18 Aug 2016

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City Centre to host evening of spooky fun

Hitch a free ride to the City Centre this Saturday (August 20) for an evening of spooky fun.

Published: 17 Aug 2016

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Published: 17 Aug 2016

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Missing Marbles found after three years

Sharon Johnson got the shock of a lifetime when she spotted her cat on a local lost and found Facebook page after it had been missing for three years.

Published: 17 Aug 2016

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Libris Awards welcome guest judge

The finalists have been shortlisted, their works have started arriving at the gallery, and one of Australia’s leading art identities is heading our way.

Published: 16 Aug 2016

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Book Week fun for young families

Wizards, Wallies, fairies, pirates and cats (in hats) are taking over our region for Book Week.

Published: 15 Aug 2016

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New amenities installed on the Cross City Link

Council has begun work upgrading a section of the Cross City Link between Webberley Street and Bridge Road.

Published: 11 Aug 2016

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Published: 10 Aug 2016

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Matsuura students in town sampling Mackay’s highlights

Last month it was students from Yantai in China touring the region and this week it is a group from Mackay’s Japanese Sister City Matsuura.

Published: 10 Aug 2016

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It’s on for young and old – Seniors Week 2016 activities

Council is celebrating the contribution older people make in the community with two great events as part of Seniors Week 2016.

Published: 10 Aug 2016

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Palm cleaning in City Centre

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre this Thursday (August 11).

Published: 09 Aug 2016

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Pay your rates early and be a winner

Residential property owners could be a winner by paying their council rates early.

Published: 08 Aug 2016

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Cemetery walk commemorates Catholic Church

The next free cemetery walk will delve into the 150 year history of the Catholic Church in the Mackay region.

Published: 08 Aug 2016

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Award-winning Aussie author to coach local wordsmiths

At just 19, Will Kostakis released his first young adult novel, Loathing Lola – a warm, humorous tale described by critics as “Fight Club meets Gossip Girl”.

Published: 05 Aug 2016

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Deadline nears for businesses to become export ready

Mackay region businesses wanting to take advantage of a new initiative to help them be export ready should register by 5pm tomorrow (Friday, August 5).

Published: 04 Aug 2016

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New Artspace director has a passion for storytelling

Mackay residents may already be familiar with the work of Artspace Mackay’s new gallery director Julie Skate.

Published: 04 Aug 2016

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Kellys Road at Walkerston to be closed for six hours

A section of Kellys Road at Walkerston will be closed for six hours tomorrow (Thursday, August 4).

Published: 03 Aug 2016

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Published: 03 Aug 2016

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Upgrade to enhance lookout’s whale-watching reputation

Lamberts Beach Lookout is a great vantage point to spot passing whales.

Published: 02 Aug 2016

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Tender approved for $2.6M sewerage station upgrades

Roebuck Civil has been awarded a $2.6 million tender to upgrade 42 sewage pump stations across the region.

Published: 02 Aug 2016

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Councillors having a day out in Sarina

Councillors and senior management will head to Sarina tomorrow (Wednesday, August 3) as part of a Council in the Community initiative.

Published: 02 Aug 2016

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Councillors camp on cardboard for a cause

They say you don’t choose when to be homeless, but Mayor Greg Williamson and several councillors are doing just that.

Published: 29 Jul 2016

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The Root Cause bus rolls into Mackay Farmers’ Market

A busload of healthy eating tips for families will be on show at next week’s Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market in Wood Street.

Published: 29 Jul 2016

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Timber bridge will be replaced

The timber bridge at Bee Creek on Cummings Street, Eungella, is being replaced.

Published: 28 Jul 2016

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New system finds lost pets fast

Council today introduced a new and improved system for reconnecting families with furry loved ones that may be held at the Animal Management Centre.

Published: 27 Jul 2016

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Mayor to take part in race down Pioneer River

Mackay will get the chance to see Mayor Cr Greg Williamson speed down the Pioneer River in a superboat, as organisers kick off promotions for the 2016 Mackay Offshore Superboat Races.

Published: 27 Jul 2016

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Published: 27 Jul 2016

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Seniors give pound pets a new ‘leash’ on life

Pets can provide an endless amount of joy to an elderly person’s life.

Published: 27 Jul 2016

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Helping Mackay region businesses become export ready

Council is leading a new initiative aimed at helping Mackay region businesses be export ready.

Published: 27 Jul 2016

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New location for Pet Rego Day

This year’s Pet Registration Day will have a new location and plenty of action for you and your furry friends.

Published: 26 Jul 2016

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Mackay’s stars heading to Commonwealth Games

Council is partnering with the Mackay Women's Centre to help weave one million stars to be displayed at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Published: 25 Jul 2016

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Register to help out at National Tree Day

Mackay residents are being asked to lend a hand this Sunday at National Tree Day.

Published: 25 Jul 2016

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Yantai students tour our region

From the Whitsunday Islands to Freckle Farm and Eungella – 20 students from Yantai, China will experience the best our region has to offer next week.

Published: 22 Jul 2016

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Maintenance work to water reservoirs

Mackay Regional Council has appointed contractors to undertake an inspection of the internal walls of the Gargett reservoir tomorrow (Tuesday), following recent maintenance.

Published: 25 Jul 2016

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Water infrastructure works

Mackay Regional Council will be undertaking maintenance work to the following water infrastructure commencing Monday, July 25.

Published: 22 Jul 2016

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Region’s history rolled out for Spirit of Anzac

Council is embracing the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience exhibition with a host of local historical attractions, activities and displays.

Published: 22 Jul 2016

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Mercedes-Benz dealer adds glamour to Festival of Fashion

The second annual Fashion Week Mackay, to be held in October, promises to be full of flair and luxury.

Published: 20 Jul 2016

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Festival car winner gets keys to car

It was the ultimate encore performance for Mackay resident Amanda Meng.

Published: 20 Jul 2016

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Published: 20 Jul 2016

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New beach access at Far Beach

Work on a new beach access at Far Beach, near Illawong Drive, is now complete.

Published: 19 Jul 2016

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Recycling contamination rate

A report card on recycling shows our residents could be doing much better.

Published: 19 Jul 2016

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National Tree Day will improve our waterways

Council is asking residents to help put the finishing touches on the Lagoons Creek Rehabilitation Project as part of this year’s National Tree Day.

Published: 18 Jul 2016

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Slade Point Scooter Comp postponed

The Slade Point Scooter Competition set to be held this Sunday has been postponed due to wet weather.

Published: 15 Jul 2016

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Upgrades to Sarina’s tourist precinct no longer a dream

Caravans and buses will soon have better access to the popular Field of Dreams parkland in Sarina.

Published: 15 Jul 2016

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Councillors to serve allocated areas

A commitment to better engage with the community has resulted in councillors taking on allocated localities across the Mackay Regional Council area.

Published: 15 Jul 2016

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Accessibility consultation extended

There is still time to tell council about your experiences in accessing services, programs, facilities and information across our region.

Published: 14 Jul 2016

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Published: 13 Jul 2016

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Help us to immortalise our early CBD

Council is asking for your help to paint a picture of The Dome building site pre-1971.

Published: 12 Jul 2016

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Metropolis is coming

Daring circus acts, breath-taking acrobatics and hilarious comedy will be popping up on council’s front lawn in the Civic Precinct from July 13.

Published: 11 Jul 2016

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Council funding helps Scouts reach new heights

The region’s Scouts are about to scale new heights with the help of funding through a council economic stimulus initiative.

Published: 08 Jul 2016

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NAIDOC art tells a story

Mackay City Library launched an exciting exhibition today featuring five talented local Indigenous artists.

Published: 07 Jul 2016

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A region worth of history with one pass

Council today launched its Museums Super Pass, giving locals and visitors 12 months of unlimited access to four local museums for one low price.

Published: 07 Jul 2016

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Greening Northern Beaches’ roundabout

Upgrades to the gardens at the Northern Beaches roundabout are scheduled to take place from Monday, July 11, until Wednesday, July 13, weather permitting.

Published: 07 Jul 2016

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Works at Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant

Mackay Regional Council will undertake works to install a new flow meter at the Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant tomorrow evening (Thursday).

Published: 06 Jul 2016

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Wine and Food Day will be a family affair

Thousands of residents are expected to flock to Queens Park this Saturday for the annual G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day.

Published: 06 Jul 2016

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Published: 06 Jul 2016

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Local businesses urged to swap their shop at launch

Mayor Greg Williamson has officially launched the Mackay Chamber of Commerce’s #buymackay campaign.

Published: 05 Jul 2016

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#MackayPride Winner Announced

A lucky Sarina resident has just landed the catch of her life after sharing her #MackayPride.

Published: 01 Jul 2016

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Paris Underground is a buried treasure

Mackay will get a rare glimpse of the city of light when acclaimed cabaret and variety show Paris Underground visits Mackay.

Published: 01 Jul 2016

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RV Friendly Towns

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) is today pleased to officially declare Mirani, Pioneer Valley, an RV Friendly Town™.

Published: 01 Jul 2016

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New MECC manager no stranger to the stage

When new MECC and Events manager Andrew Bobeldyk was growing up he had aspirations of being an actor.

Published: 01 Jul 2016

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Work begins on a shared pathway in Bucasia

Construction of a shared path on Mackay-Bucasia Road, linking the existing bikeway at James Cook Drive to Bucas Drive, has started.

Published: 30 Jun 2016

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ANZAC spirit swells as major exhibition approaches

A once-in-a-lifetime exhibition from the Australian War Memorial is seeking volunteers in Mackay later next month.

Published: 30 Jun 2016

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NAIDOC celebrations offer something for everyone

With NAIDOC week coinciding with the second week of school holidays, council’s NAIDOC celebrations are catering for all ages.

Published: 29 Jun 2016

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Published: 29 Jun 2016

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Open plan at this year’s Wine and Food Day

The region’s most anticipated social event is just over one week away and some exciting new changes are in place.

Published: 29 Jun 2016

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Make Census 2016 count for our region

With just over a month to go until the 2016 Census, Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson is urging residents to help ensure the snapshot is an accurate reflection of our region.

Published: 29 Jun 2016

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Works at Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant

Mackay Regional Council will undertake works to install a new flow meter at the Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant tomorrow evening (Thursday).

Published: 29 Jun 2016

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MECC chefs will cook up a storm at Wine and Food Day

For the first time ever Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) chefs will join the fun at the G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day.

Published: 28 Jun 2016

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Boaties urged to take advantage of trailer parking

Council is reminding boaties there is an overflow parking area for vehicles with boat trailers at Mackay Marina.

Published: 28 Jun 2016

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Everyone’s a winner at Rock Paper Scissors

Our region’s most creative local indie markets will transform the Civic Precinct this Sunday (July 3).

Published: 28 Jun 2016

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Artspace brings out your inner animal

This one’s for the loners, the outcasts, the individuals and the misfits.

Published: 27 Jun 2016

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Resurfacing Victoria and Peel streets intersection

Mackay Regional Council will resurface the intersection of Victoria and Peel streets, Mackay, this Sunday night, weather permitting.

Published: 24 Jun 2016

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Meet Whitsunday ROC’s digital champions

Three “champions” from our region can inspire and help guide others wanting to thrive in the global digital economy.

Published: 22 Jun 2016

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Footpath upgrade on River Street

Upgrades to a footpath on River Street, near St Patrick’s College, will begin at the end of this week.

Published: 22 Jun 2016

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Major national award win flows to council

Mackay Regional Council’s innovation has shone on a national stage.

Published: 22 Jun 2016

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Sensible economic planning for our community

Nine out of 10 ratepayers will see a reduction or no change in their total rates bill in the 2016-17 year.

Published: 21 Jun 2016

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Key focus areas to stimulate economy

Two key measures designed to build confidence and provide an ongoing economic stimulus have been retained in the 2016-17 Budget.

Published: 21 Jun 2016

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School holiday activities to keep the kids entertained

Entertain the kids these school holidays with the following great activities across the region.

Published: 22 Jun 2016

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Published: 22 Jun 2016

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Jazz Brunch gets a taste of Hollywood

Enjoy a big breakfast with a difference at the Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch.

Published: 21 Jun 2016

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Green up your show bag thanks to council

The green thumbs at council’s Mackay Natural Environment Centre have been worked to the bone to ensure show visitors will have native plants to add to their show bags.

Published: 21 Jun 2016

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Festival of Arts is a foodies’ delight

There is plenty on the menu for foodies at this year’s Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts.

Published: 17 Jun 2016

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Popular Andergrove intersection will be upgraded

Preliminary work at a busy intersection in Andergrove is under way.

Published: 16 Jun 2016

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Let the good times roll thanks to RADF

This year’s Sarina Festival is set to include jumbo printmaking featuring a road roller.

Published: 15 Jun 2016

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Published: 15 Jun 2016

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Toasting benefits of revitalised City Centre

The City Centre revitalisation project may have been completed late last year but benefits of the transformation are still emerging.

Published: 15 Jun 2016

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Indian mining company looking to do business with Mackay

A visit by representatives of an Indian mining giant this week could help unearth new export and business opportunities for Mackay companies.

Published: 14 Jun 2016

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Grandstand viewing is a winner all-round

Watching the Queensland Bulls Masters take on the NSW Baggy Blues from a Harrup Park grandstand this Friday night is a winning formula.

Published: 14 Jun 2016

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Council offers Community Grants workshops

If you have a community-related project, event or program, council is here to help.

Published: 14 Jun 2016

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Gala event to open this year’s Festival of Arts

The Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts will kick off in style with music under the stars at Gala in the Gardens.

Published: 13 Jun 2016

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Early birds swoop in on pet registration discount

Residents are being encouraged to get in early and take advantage of huge savings off their pet registration.

Published: 13 Jun 2016

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Reminder: Libris awards offer $14,500

Artspace Mackay has $14,500 up for grabs as part of its nationally renowned Libris Awards, but time is running out to get your entries in.

Published: 13 Jun 2016

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The largest First World War travelling exhibition ever visits

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will visit Mackay for one week only with more than 200 artefacts on display at the MECC from July 25 to 31.

Published: 10 Jun 2016

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Have your say about our libraries

Now is your chance to shape your future library experiences.

Published: 10 Jun 2016

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Grandstand the ticket for All-Stars bash

Three grandstands at Harrup Park will have some of the best seats in the house for next week’s Queensland Bulls Masters v NSW Baggy Blues All-Stars T20 cricket bash.

Published: 10 Jun 2016

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New beach access at Far Beach

Mackay Regional Council will be constructing a new beach access at Far Beach, near Illawong Drive.

Published: 10 Jun 2016

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Sarina Queensland Day Celebrations Family Fun Day

Sarina’s Field of Dreams Parklands was alive with state pride on Saturday, June 4 when the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre coordinated an event for the community to come together to celebrate Queensland Day.

Published: 09 Jun 2016

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New library mobile printing service launched

Discover the convenience of printing directly to a library branch near you.

Published: 09 Jun 2016

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Published: 08 Jun 2016

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New Dining Partner Program to boost the City Centre

Wine, dine and save is the message 19 local restaurants will be promoting in the lead-up to the Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts.

Published: 08 Jun 2016

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Big things on menu at new Farmers’ Market

Freckle Farm’s Deb McLucas is confident big things are on the menu for the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region’s farmers and customers with an appetite for fresh produce.

Published: 07 Jun 2016

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Festival tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts.

Published: 03 Jun 2016

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Barramundi will be hooked on revitalised fishways

Something fishy is happening at the Gooseponds in North Mackay.

Published: 02 Jun 2016

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Dudley Denny Library progressing well

Roof structures will be installed next week as the Dudley Denny City Library at the Dome complex takes shape.

Published: 02 Jun 2016

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Sugar Shed adds more feathers to its cap

The Sarina Sugar Shed is crushing it on the national tourism stage.

Published: 01 Jun 2016

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Published: 01 Jun 2016

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Tree at Brewers Park Sporting Precinct to be removed

Mackay Regional Council will be removing a fig tree located at Brewers Park Sporting Precinct in Sarina, in the next fortnight, weather permitting.

Published: 31 May 2016

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New City Centre team member on the job

A new advocate for the revitalised City Centre is excited about times ahead for the shopping, dining and entertainment precinct.

Published: 31 May 2016

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Celebrate Queensland Day the Sarina way

Sarina's Field of Dreams parklands will be alive with state pride this Saturday (June 4).

Published: 30 May 2016

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What does an accessible community mean to you?

That’s the question being asked of residents in our region as council shapes its Accessible Communities Action Plan for the next five years.

Published: 26 May 2016

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Heritage Fair adds even more attractions

The Greenmount Heritage Fair, on this Sunday from 9am to 3pm, has expanded its already impressive line-up of entertainment and attractions.

Published: 26 May 2016

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Published: 25 May 2016

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New Festival of Arts sponsor comes along for the ride

For the first time ever the Mackay Festival of Arts is partnering with Mackay Mazda to deliver the region’s most anticipated arts and culture event.

Published: 25 May 2016

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Share your #MackayPride and you could win a new boat!

There's a lot to be proud of in our region and we want to know what you love about living here.

Published: 24 May 2016

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Dinner to celebrate our great state and region’s produce

The culinary talents of celebrity chef Matt Golinski and four local chefs will showcase the region’s amazing produce at a Farm to Plate Dinner next month.

Published: 23 May 2016

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Removal of loading ramp

Mackay Regional Council will be undertaking works to remove the loading ramp located on Mackay Regional Council property, adjoining the Sarina Works Depot.

Published: 23 May 2016

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Cemetery maintenance works under way

Council has teamed up with Community Solutions and Novaskill Mackay to rejuvenate Mackay’s cemetery.

Published: 20 May 2016

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Masters of indoor cricket hit the courts

A total of 25 teams will take aim at indoor cricket national titles at the 2016 Australian Indoor Masters in Mackay from this Saturday (May 21) evening.

Published: 19 May 2016

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Gardening tips just part of a packed fair program

Take a step back in time while picking up some tips to brighten your garden’s future at the Greenmount Heritage Fair.

Published: 19 May 2016

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Water main works in Paget

Mackay Regional Council will be realigning water mains in Boundary Road East, Paget, for the next five weeks, weather permitting.

Published: 19 May 2016

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Registering your pet is easier than ever

Cat and dog owners will no longer need to swap over their registration tags when they renew their pet registration.

Published: 18 May 2016

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Published: 18 May 2016

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Grants help protect the environment for the future

Two important environmental projects have received a boost in funding thanks to Mackay Regional Council’s natural environment grants.

Published: 17 May 2016

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Get your hands dirty for the Botanic Gardens’ birthday

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is turning 13 this month.

Published: 17 May 2016

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Ride and Seek for Bike Week!

Have you seen a fluorescent bike chained up along your favourite bike path?

Published: 17 May 2016

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RADF round four closes soon

The last round of RADF funding for 2015-2016 closes this Wednesday, May 18, at 4.30pm.

Published: 17 May 2016

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Sign-up to myh2o to avoid large water bills

No longer do you have to cross your fingers and hope that your water bill is down.

Published: 17 May 2016

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WNBL pre-season clash in Mackay to be a hot ticket

Reigning Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) champions JCU Townsville Fire will take on Sydney Uni Flames in a pre-season game in Mackay later this year.

Published: 16 May 2016

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System-wide outage planned for council's website

Residents are advised that council's interactive online systems will be unavailable on Sunday, May 15, from 9am to 6pm, as part of a system-wide outage.

Published: 13 May 2016

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Vandals target local playgrounds

A shade sail protecting the children’s playground at Tom McLean Park in East Mackay has been removed due to damage caused by vandals late last week.

Published: 12 May 2016

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Get on your bike for a free brekkie

If you’ve got two wheels beneath you and a helmet on your head council has a free breakfast with your name on it next week.

Published: 12 May 2016

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Sarina Sugar Shed’s rum liqueur tastes bronze success

Sarina Sugar Shed is toasting national recognition for its rum liqueur for the second year in a row.

Published: 11 May 2016

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Published: 11 May 2016

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Buffy is back taking pride of place in Sarina

Buffy is back and looking better than ever in the middle of Sarina.

Published: 11 May 2016

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International cricket is coming to Mackay

Mackay, Townsville and Brisbane will this winter host the largest cricket tournament to be held in Queensland since the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

Published: 10 May 2016

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Superheroes – get on your bikes!

On one day every year you might just catch a glimpse of Batman, Spiderman and Superman riding pushbikes together along the Bluewater Trail.

Published: 09 May 2016

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Dudley Denny City Library construction in full swing

It is business as usual for tenants on the ground floor of the Dome as the new Dudley Denny City Library starts taking shape above them.

Published: 09 May 2016

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Online services outage

Council's online services will be unavailable this evening (Friday, May 6) from 5pm to 9pm as part of a planned system-wide outage.

Published: 06 May 2016

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Do the right thing, use the right bin

Dirty nappies and food scraps do not belong in your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

Published: 06 May 2016

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Get your Fashions of the Fair outfits ready

Organisers of the 2016 Greenmount Heritage Fair are encouraging residents to dig out their neck-to-knee, woollen swimwear ahead of this year’s fair on May 29.

Published: 06 May 2016

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Free Chillax event features Paul Stanley

Matthew Stanley lost his life in September 2006, when, at just 15, he was bashed and left in a pool of blood outside a teenage party.

Published: 06 May 2016

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Road closure in place for start of unique rally

There will be quite a spectacle when more than 200 vehicles depart Bluewater Quay tomorrow (Saturday, May 7) morning in the 2016 Shitbox Rally.

Published: 06 May 2016

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Online services unavailable due to power outage

Mackay Regional Council would like to advise that our online services are currently unavailable due to server issues caused by today’s power outage.

Published: 05 May 2016

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Published: 04 May 2016

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Grandstand tickets on sale for Bulls Masters v Baggy Blues

Grandstand tickets are now on sale for a State-of-Origin-style All-Stars T20 cricket bash to raise money for national child safety organisation Bravehearts.

Published: 04 May 2016

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Council’s innovation recognised with two national awards

Mackay Regional Council’s reputation as a leader in innovation has been recognised with double success at national awards.

Published: 04 May 2016

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Line marking works in North Mackay

A number of overnight line marking works in North Mackay are scheduled to take place from Sunday, May 9, to Thursday, May 12.

Published: 03 May 2016

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Make pride in building facades your business

Business and commercial property owners have just over two weeks left to apply for a grant to help give their building facades facelifts.

Published: 03 May 2016

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Greyscale art exhibition saves the day

Artspace Mackay’s main gallery will welcome a travelling exhibition of five prominent Sydney artists.

Published: 29 Apr 2016

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Innovative website saving locals bucket -loads of water

Mackay Regional Council’s MYH2O website is saving local residents bucket-loads of water and money.

Published: 29 Apr 2016

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Entries open for Libris Awards

Entries for Artspace Mackay’s nationally renowned artists’ book prize, the Libris Awards, open tomorrow (Friday, April 29).

Published: 28 Apr 2016

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Events sweet news to Mackay region’s economy

An influx of visitors attending a range of events in coming weeks is a sweet boost for the Mackay region’s economy.

Published: 28 Apr 2016

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Published: 27 Apr 2016

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Have your say on Mulherin Park in Paget

Council is planning to make the most of the existing green space in the heart of Mackay’s industrial precinct in Paget.

Published: 26 Apr 2016

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Apply for RADF grant

Winter is one of the busiest and most vibrant times of the year for the local arts community.

Published: 22 Apr 2016

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Anzac Day services

A number of Anzac Day services are being held around the region.

Published: 22 Apr 2016

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All-Stars bash to aid Bravehearts’ Mackay office plans

Child protection organisation Bravehearts hopes to support the community with new services from proceeds of an All-Stars T20 cricket bash at Harrup Park.

Published: 20 Apr 2016

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Published: 20 Apr 2016

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Descendants to march on Anzac Day

Direct descendants of soldiers that served during WW1 are invited to march behind a banner at this year’s Anzac Day ceremony in Mackay.

Published: 20 Apr 2016

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Unusual rally to drive message of promoting Mackay

Mackay councillor Laurence Bonaventura is a fan of abandoned car auctions where he has picked up some vehicular bargains in the past.

Published: 19 Apr 2016

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Water interruption to Seaforth

Residents and businesses in Seaforth are encouraged to have water on standby tomorrow morning to cover their requirements.

Published: 18 Apr 2016

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Orchid House closed on Wednesday

The Ken Burgess Orchid House in Queens Park will be closed next Wednesday, April 20, for staff training.

Published: 15 Apr 2016

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Rehabilitation works on course at Lagoons Creek

Work is scheduled to commence on stage two of the Lagoons Creek rehabilitation project.

Published: 14 Apr 2016

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Take a guided look at City Centre heritage

Two guided heritage walks next week will give a glimpse into the character and heritage of Mackay’s City Centre.

Published: 14 Apr 2016

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Construction on Mackay-Bucasia Road

Doval Constructions will carry out micro-tunnelling works under Mackay-Bucasia Road at McCreadys Creek in Rural View on behalf of Mackay Regional Council.

Published: 13 Apr 2016

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Published: 13 Apr 2016

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Military dogs to march on Anzac Day

There will be some very special guests in Mackay’s Anzac Day parade this year.

Published: 13 Apr 2016

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Repairs to Marks Road Bridge at Gargett

The timber bridge on Marks Road, Gargett, will be closed for rehabilitation works from Wednesday, April 13, to Tuesday, April 27, weather permitting.

Published: 12 Apr 2016

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Surf meets turf at Beach Races launch

The surf will meet the turf at the launch of this year’s Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival later this month.

Published: 12 Apr 2016

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Artspace’s Libris awards offer $14,500

Artspace Mackay has $14,500 up for grabs as part of its nationally renowned Libris Awards.

Published: 11 Apr 2016

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MECC becomes a wonderland for young families

Mackay Regional Council Libraries is inviting families with children under five on a journey of imagination, magic and wonder.

Published: 08 Apr 2016

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Marine debris makes a splash on the art scene

Local artist David Day lives by the sentiment one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Published: 07 Apr 2016

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Bamboo removal at river end of Nelson Street postponed

The removal of a bamboo grove at the river end of Nelson Street has been postponed for approximately two weeks.

Published: 06 Apr 2016

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New council sworn in and ready for business

The newly elected council for Mackay Regional Council has been sworn in at a special ceremony this morning.

Published: 06 Apr 2016

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Published: 06 Apr 2016

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Critical work on water main may cause disruptions

Repairs to an existing water main will result in disruptions to water supply to residents and businesses in Main Street Bakers Creek.

Published: 01 Apr 2016

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Join the arts and culture conversation

What direction will local arts and culture take over the next five years?

Published: 31 Mar 2016

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Free school holidays program for young coast lovers

This school holidays, Coastcare invites all young coast lovers to attend a FREE fun-filled morning to learn all about some special animals of our region and how to protect them.

Published: 31 Mar 2016

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Published: 30 Mar 2016

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Free art for the whole family at Artspace

Kids APT on Tour is returning to Artspace Mackay for the Easter school holidays from April 5 through to April 10.

Published: 30 Mar 2016

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Fig tree removed in Sarina

A large fig tree in the main street of Sarina is being removed due to safety concerns.

Published: 30 Mar 2016

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Work begins upgrading two popular parks

Council has begun work upgrading Ron Anderson Park and Fairmeadow Drive Park.

Published: 29 Mar 2016

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Water main works on Smalleys Beach Road

Crews will be replacing a 900-metre section of water main along Smalleys Beach Road from next week, weather permitting.

Published: 29 Mar 2016

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School holiday fun child’s play in City Centre

Mackay's revitalised City Centre has a vibrant look and efforts to activate the space are ongoing.

Published: 24 Mar 2016

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Published: 23 Mar 2016

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Have your say on Bundesen Street Reserve

Mackay Regional Council is proposing to transform the vacant block of land at Bundesen Street Reserve, North Mackay, into a park.

Published: 23 Mar 2016

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How uni students can pocket $5000

The life of a university student can be a financial struggle.

Published: 23 Mar 2016

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Tip shop efforts captured for waste management planning

From next month, Mackay Regional Council’s tip shop will be the first in Queensland to know exactly how much and the types of reusable waste they are diverting from landfill.

Published: 23 Mar 2016

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We’re hopping with Easter fun these school holidays!

Entertain the kids these holidays with the following great activities across the region.

Published: 22 Mar 2016

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Council closures over Easter break

Mackay Regional Council would like to advise residents of the following council facility closures over the Easter break.

Published: 22 Mar 2016

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Music star to bring smooth vocals to Easter Carnival

Singer-songwriter Karrie Hayward will put a spring in the step of crowds at the MLC Advice Mackay Easter Carnival thanks to her upbeat tunes and silky-smooth vocals.

Published: 21 Mar 2016

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New wetland plans for McCreadys Creek

Plans to redevelop a new wetland and recreational area in the old cane paddock opposite Masters Home Improvement are under way.

Published: 17 Mar 2016

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Switch off for Earth Hour

Council is encouraging residents to switch off their lights for Earth Hour between 8.30pm and 9.30pm this Saturday (March 19).

Published: 17 Mar 2016

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Published: 16 Mar 2016

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Kicking goals at new home of Mackay Football

Football Mackay has unveiled its new home, with supporters gathering at the weekend for the official opening of Mackay Football Park at Glenella.

Published: 14 Mar 2016

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$5000 Academic Bursaries up for grabs

Imagine what a difference $5000 would make to help university students with their academic pursuits.

Published: 14 Mar 2016

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Businesses – ‘Bring on your Mackay Pride’

Council is offering up to $3000 to local property and business owners interested in sprucing up their shop fronts.

Published: 14 Mar 2016

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Playground closed to allow removal of unsafe trees

A children's playground at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is closed this weekend ahead of the urgent removal of two fig trees.

Published: 11 Mar 2016

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Knocker knitter amongst regional women to be proud of

An initiative of council and a first for Queensland Women’s Week celebrations, the awards recognise the achievements of local women who might normally fly under the radar.

Published: 11 Mar 2016

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Online services outage

Council's online services will be unavailable on Friday, November 25 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm as part of a planned system-wide outage.

Published: 11 Mar 2016

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Harmony Day celebrations to help cyclone recovery

Council is celebrating Harmony Day by lighting Town Hall orange and providing a free screening of kids’ movie Lilo & Stitch next Saturday night (March 19).

Published: 11 Mar 2016

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Rates discount period closing

Mackay Regional Council ratepayers are reminded the discount period for payment of half-yearly rates is drawing to a close.

Published: 11 Mar 2016

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Repair work ramps up on the Bluewater Trail

Repairs to a ramp and stairs destroyed in a fire last October at Caneland Park will begin on Monday (March 14).

Published: 11 Mar 2016

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Sarina goes ‘nuts’ for new festival

They line our foreshores, streets and backyards – so it simply makes sense the fruit of our iconic North Queensland palm tree is at the centre of an inspired new festival.

Published: 10 Mar 2016

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Published: 10 Mar 2016

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World-first ‘bot technology coming to Mackay

When Mayor Deirdre Comerford visited Japan in 2015, the last thing she expected was to meet Pepper, the world’s first emotive robot.

Published: 10 Mar 2016

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Switch off to protect the places we love

Council is once again switching off its lights for Earth Hour.

Published: 09 Mar 2016

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Master plan for South Mackay Sporting Precinct underway

A new master plan for the South Mackay Sporting Precinct is currently on the drawing board.

Published: 08 Mar 2016

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Delays expected on Munbura Road this weekend

Motorists are advised to expect some short delays if travelling along Munbura Road, Balberra this weekend.

Published: 04 Mar 2016

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Parking changes for NAB Challenge game

Harrup Park Country Club has advised of changes to parking arrangements for Sunday’s NAB Challenge AFL match due to the wet weather.

Published: 04 Mar 2016

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Pre polling set to open for council election

Pre-poll voting for the Mackay Regional Council Local Government elections opens from March 7 at the 500 Pavilion Mackay Showgrounds.

Published: 04 Mar 2016

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Stadium Mackay gets new name

Proud local company BB Print has shown its faith in the region’s economy by securing the naming rights for the community-owned Stadium Mackay.

Published: 03 Mar 2016

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Tia has advice ahead of TV debut

Rising Mackay musical starlet Tia Gostelow has a few words of advice for budding artists and musicians ahead of her breakfast television debut.

Published: 03 Mar 2016

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Published: 02 Mar 2016

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Sarina Cultural Hall to become a woman’s world

Sarina Neighbourhood Centre invites women to take over the world on Tuesday, March 8.

Published: 02 Mar 2016

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Botanic gardens shares plant knowledge

A new project that will provide more information on plant species in our region is about to spring up.

Published: 02 Mar 2016

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Canine hero has park named in its honour

An off-leash dog park at the Gooseponds was renamed in honour of one of the region’s most talented police dogs at a special ceremony today (March 1).

Published: 01 Mar 2016

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Queensland museum kits arrive at Greenmount

Greenmount Homestead has taken delivery of a series of educational kits from the Queensland Museum.

Published: 01 Mar 2016

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Businesses encouraged to embrace digital economy

Businesses in our region don’t have to wait for access to high-speed broadband internet to embrace the digital economy.

Published: 29 Feb 2016

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Council sows seeds of regional diversity

When you think of food, fresh produce and locally grown fare you’ll instantly connect it with Mackay City Centre.

Published: 29 Feb 2016

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Sell-out crowd expected for Mackay NAB Challenge Match

Fans keen to see the Brisbane Lions take on St Kilda in next weeks’ NAB Challenge match at Harrup Park are urged to buy tickets ahead of the day, with a sell-out crowd expected.

Published: 26 Feb 2016

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Council celebrates local women

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Published: 26 Feb 2016

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Get a shoe in at charity event

If there’s one good reason to dust off your joggers – it’s for charity.

Published: 25 Feb 2016

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Who do you think she is?

Mackay Regional Libraries are looking for 10 participants to take part in a special family history project.

Published: 24 Feb 2016

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Published: 24 Feb 2016

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Clowning around teaches important lessons

Year 3 students at more than 40 schools around the region are dancing, singing and laughing thanks to the antics of the Safety Circus.

Published: 24 Feb 2016

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New sand stockpiles are ready for this storm season

A series of public access sand stockpiles have been built in the lead-up to storm season and are ready for emergency use.

Published: 23 Feb 2016

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Council response to Supreme Court action

Mackay Regional Council CEO Craig Doyle said council will vigorously defend what it considers is an ambit claim by ex CEO Dr Brett Heyward.

Published: 19 Feb 2016

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The volunteer search made easy with new online directory

Websites aimed at jobseekers and employers are everywhere, but organisations needing volunteers often have no budget for advertising and few other options.

Published: 19 Feb 2016

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Overhead gantry ready for electronic sign

A touch of the capital cities is coming to a key North Mackay road.

Published: 19 Feb 2016

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Rock Paper Scissors wants local artists and designers

Artspace Mackay’s signature outdoor event, the Rock Paper Scissors Art and Design Market, is calling for stallholders.

Published: 18 Feb 2016

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Published: 17 Feb 2016

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Flavours competition scored Adele a taste of Asia

Time is running out to enter the popular 2016 Flavours of the World competition.

Published: 17 Feb 2016

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Future role and contribution of regional capitals

Mackay Regional Council today addressed the fourth Federal Senate Inquiry hearing into the future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia.

Published: 16 Feb 2016

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Year of the Monkey spurs celebration

Mackay City Centre will celebrate Summer in the City and be taken over by the sights, smells and tastes of Asia this Saturday (February 20).

Published: 15 Feb 2016

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Library lovers welcome on Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Library Lover’s Day, the Mackay City Library will have extended trading hours and a romantic dinner up for grabs.

Published: 11 Feb 2016

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Young adults wanted to shape library space

When was the last time you heard of an adult designing a teenager’s room for them?

Published: 11 Feb 2016

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Road works on Glenpark Street

Mackay Regional Council will begin work resurfacing the road at Glenpark Street, between Short and Mortenson streets from next week.

Published: 11 Feb 2016

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Published: 10 Feb 2016

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Romance blossoms at the botanic gardens

Ditch the roses this Valentine’s Day and head down to the botanic gardens to take in the natural beauty of some of the region’s native plants and flowers.

Published: 10 Feb 2016

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Bursaries help young talent to excel

This year’s Jack Sturgeon and Rick Wood Hands On bursaries have been awarded to two talented young women.

Published: 09 Feb 2016

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Students get a chance to go behind the scenes at Artspace

Applications for Artspace Mackay’s new 2016 Young Ambassador Program close on February 19.

Published: 09 Feb 2016

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Keep an eye out for parvo

Mackay Regional Council is reminding dog owners to be vigilant against the threat of canine parvovirus (parvo) following recent wet weather events across the region.

Published: 09 Feb 2016

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Road closures due to wet weather

Mackay Regional Council advises that as of 11am today the following roads have been closed due to recent rainfall

Published: 08 Feb 2016

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Check your information on Electoral Roll

With a Local Government election looming, now is the time to check that your details are recorded correctly on the electoral roll.

Published: 05 Feb 2016

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Rural seniors get tech savvy

The Mackay region’s senior citizens are going mobile.

Published: 05 Feb 2016

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Ultimate Frisbee to soar at Sports Expo

Ultimate Frisbee is a relatively new sport taking flight in Mackay.

Published: 05 Feb 2016

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Council saves with new waste contract

Council will save at least $274,000 in annual waste services following the approval of a new contract for haulage services.

Published: 05 Feb 2016

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Paddock to plate service scores national nominations

If finding out Sarina Sugar Shed is an awards finalist elicits a sense of déjà vu, you’re not alone, and you’re not seeing double – it’s happened again.

Published: 04 Feb 2016

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Truckload of art and design books coming to Mackay

One of the biggest collections of art and design books seen in Mackay will be on sale at Artspace Mackay for one day only next week.

Published: 04 Feb 2016

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Donated Captain John Mackay items take pride of place

Donated personal items that belonged to Mackay’s founder Captain John Mackay now take pride of place in the foyer of council’s administration building in Gordon Street.

Published: 04 Feb 2016

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Local companies join forces to deliver major infrastructure

Two local companies will work together to build a new sewage trunk main in the Northern Beaches.

Published: 03 Feb 2016

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Fergus Builders to keep library project local

A $5.6 million contract for a hi-tech library project in the City Centre has been awarded to local construction firm Fergus Builders.

Published: 03 Feb 2016

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Council policy has new developments

Two more developments have been granted concessions under a council policy aimed at stimulating investment in the region and generating jobs.

Published: 03 Feb 2016

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Published: 03 Feb 2016

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Kick off for Mackay’s first NAB Challenge AFL match

The countdown to Mackay’s first NAB Challenge AFL match, supported by council, has officially kicked off.

Published: 02 Feb 2016

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Festival fetches further funding

We've got 10,000 more reasons to enjoy this year’s Festival of Arts.

Published: 02 Feb 2016

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Signage rules for local council election

Potential candidates are being reminded they must adhere to the local election signage laws or face hefty penalties.

Published: 02 Feb 2016

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Community Grant applications close this Friday

Council is offering a helping hand to local community groups that make a positive contribution to the quality of life in our region.

Published: 01 Feb 2016

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River cruise vacation flavour of the month

One lucky diner will experience a taste of luxury when they take out the major prize in Mackay City Centre’s latest competition.

Published: 01 Feb 2016

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Three fun library programs for under-fives

Mackay Regional Council Libraries are supporting families by offering free, fun-filled sessions for children aged up to five.

Published: 29 Jan 2016

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Local SES groups benefit from facility upgrades

The Campwin Beach and Koumala State Emergency Service (SES) groups have had major structural upgrades in the lead-up to storm season.

Published: 29 Jan 2016

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Responsible dog owners lead the way

There has been an increase in the number of off-leash dogs reported to council recently.

Published: 29 Jan 2016

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Roads closed for stormwater pipe inspections

Mackay Regional Council will be undertaking a condition assessment of several stormwater pipes across the region over the next two to three months.

Published: 28 Jan 2016

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Recognising everyday women who are extraordinary

Do you know an everyday woman who does extraordinary things?

Published: 28 Jan 2016

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New Year boost for two charities

An electronic Christmas card has delivered a $1600 funding boost to two local charities.

Published: 27 Jan 2016

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Published: 27 Jan 2016

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Council helps to facilitate development on the horizon

A high-rise unit development on the horizon for Mackay’s City Centre will be granted an infrastructure charges concession of nearly $1 million in a bid to help get it off the ground.

Published: 27 Jan 2016

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Australia Day Award winners honoured

Mackay's Citizen of the Year is a detective dedicated to child protection who is an inspiring role model through her leadership qualities.

Published: 25 Jan 2016

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Mackay Makers on the move

Mackay makers, hackers, tinkerers and inventors have a new home.

Published: 25 Jan 2016

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Modern art star’s local links

Artspace Mackay’s latest exhibition, Tactical Frivolity, showcases the work of past Mackay State High School student Jemima Wyman.

Published: 25 Jan 2016

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Road improvements help students get to school safely

You may notice a couple of new and improved changes to traffic conditions when you drop the kids back to school next week.

Published: 25 Jan 2016

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Tell dengue to buzz off

It wouldn’t be summer in Queensland without having to reapply the Aerogard every couple of hours.

Published: 22 Jan 2016

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Race day pays homage to legend’s legacy

The Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival will go on.

Published: 22 Jan 2016

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Works to ‘buff up’ Sarina icon

One of Sarina’s most popular tourist attractions is in need of a buff and shine.

Published: 22 Jan 2016

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Bulls Masters and Council hitting sixes

A partnership between the Bulls Masters and Mackay Regional Council is going from strength to strength.

Published: 20 Jan 2016

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Kids’ art put on display

The creative work of local children who visited the botanic gardens over the school holidays has been converted into a unique art exhibition.

Published: 21 Jan 2016

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Published: 20 Jan 2016

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Road closure on Shakespeare Street

The estimated completion date of works in Shakespeare Street between Rae Street and Gable Street, East Mackay has been extended until the end of May, weather permitting.

Published: 20 Jan 2016

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Arts bursaries extended

Nominations for the Rick Wood Hands On Bursary and the Jack Sturgeon Bursary have been extended until Monday, February 1.

Published: 20 Jan 2016

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Australia Day on course for free family fun

Mackay is set for a bonza Australia Day – scouts honour!

Published: 19 Jan 2016

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Council’s waste reduction efforts inspiring

A Central Queensland council is impressed with Mackay Regional Council’s waste reduction efforts and is taking plenty of ideas back home.

Published: 18 Jan 2016

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Last chance to enrol in Kids Art Club term one

Don't let your children spend all their spare time glued to screens.

Published: 18 Jan 2016

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Road closures due to wet weather

Mackay Regional Council advises that as of 8am today the following roads have been closed due to recent rainfall:

Published: 18 Jan 2016

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Music star returns home to celebrate local heroes

Brad Butcher will return to Mackay next week to headline Mackay Regional Council’s 2016 Australia Day Awards ceremony.

Published: 18 Jan 2016

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Published: 13 Jan 2016

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A huge year for the Mackay Natural Environment Centre

Since the Mackay Natural Environment Centre’s (MNEC) redevelopment nearly 12 months ago, more than 40,500 plants have been planted from its stocks around the region.

Published: 13 Jan 2016

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Peaches and Cream rise to the top in latest exhibition

Artspace Mackay’s latest foyer exhibition, Not always black and white by Rew Hanks, has even the most talented local printmakers dropping their jaws in awe.

Published: 12 Jan 2016

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Slade Point Road intersection closed for drainage upgrade

A section of Slade Point Road will be closed for two days this week to allow for a major drainage upgrade at the Swallow Street intersection.

Published: 12 Jan 2016

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Paid parking returns to two all-day City Centre car parks

The “free parking” signs have come down at two off-street car parks in Mackay’s City Centre.

Published: 07 Jan 2016

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Unsung heroes nominated for Australia Day Awards

When Jo-Anne Shanks began organising Run for MI Life events to raise awareness about suicide and depression she wasn’t chasing public accolades.

Published: 07 Jan 2016

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Tags bring hundreds of pets home in 2015

More than 80% of dogs taken to the council’s Animal Management Centre (AMC) were successfully homed last year.

Published: 06 Jan 2016

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Published: 06 Jan 2016

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Young robotic engineers to conquer Mars at libraries

For the first time, 13 to 16 year olds in our region are able to program hi-tech Lego robots to do their bidding on the surface of Mars.

Published: 06 Jan 2016

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Time is running out to nominate

There is just one week left to nominate a local hero for an Australia Day Award.

Published: 04 Jan 2016

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Work to begin on Centenary Park in New Year

Walkerston residents can look forward to a new look Centenary Park in the New Year.

Published: 04 Jan 2016

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Aussie music legend to rock Mackay into the New Year

Aussie rocker, actor, musical theatre icon and songwriter Jon English and his band will be taking the Bluewater Quay by storm on New Year’s Eve!

Published: 04 Jan 2016

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Resurfacing program is driving force behind better roads

Mackay Regional Council’s 2015/16 road resurfacing program has been achieving some great outcomes on the region’s roads.

Published: 24 Dec 2015

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Local contractors benefit from council spend

Mackay based contractor Haber Excavations Pty Ltd is the latest firm to benefit from council’s $56.4 million injection into the local economy in the last six months.

Published: 23 Dec 2015

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Food for thought over Christmas

Christmas get-togethers can be a recipe for disaster if the correct food handling techniques aren’t followed.

Published: 22 Dec 2015

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Filtering through the trash for cleaner waterways

A local engineer has developed an innovative litter-catching device that will improve the health of Mackay’s waterways and marine environment.

Published: 21 Dec 2015

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Christmas Closures

Please be aware of the following council facilities closures over the holiday period.

Published: 21 Dec 2015

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Christmas comes early for boaties

Boaties and anglers have something to get excited about this Christmas.

Published: 21 Dec 2015

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Showgrounds to install Mackay Horizons artwork trail

The iconic Mackay Horizons community art project has found a new home.

Published: 16 Dec 2015

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New policy is a step towards more footpath trading

A new footpath trading and structures policy will give local businesses the opportunity to offer unique street trading and dining experiences for their customers.

Published: 16 Dec 2015

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Grant gives local star the chance to record with the best

Rising local star, Will Anderson will have the chance to record an EP of original songs thanks to the latest round of Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants.

Published: 16 Dec 2015

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Seasonal school holiday activities

Entertain the kids these school holidays with the following great activities across the region.

Published: 16 Dec 2015

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Published: 16 Dec 2015

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Hay Point moon rise eclipses competition

Walkerston resident Giselle Anderson labels the Mackay region as “paradise”.

Published: 16 Dec 2015

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Printmakers pop up to Town Hall

Artspace Mackay’s Pop-up Print Studio is having its final session for the year this Friday, December 18.

Published: 15 Dec 2015

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On path to a better cycling network

Cycling around Mackay will be easier than ever with two new projects due for construction early next year.

Published: 14 Dec 2015

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General waste bins not the place for motor oil

A major environmental incident caused by the disposal of motor oil in a general waste bin occurred on Tuesday in South Mackay.

Published: 14 Dec 2015

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Selfies with elfies and bargains galore in store in the city

Santa's elves have escaped from their workshop and taken over Mackay City Centre.

Published: 09 Dec 2015

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Published: 09 Dec 2015

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The Phantom comes to Artspace

The walls of Artspace Mackay will take on a purple hue this Friday night.

Published: 09 Dec 2015

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Mackay students heading to Yantai camp

A group of Mackay students are packing their bags for a winter Christmas in Yantai in the Chinese province of Shandong.

Published: 08 Dec 2015

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Council to close early on Thursday

Mackay, Sarina and Mirani offices will be closed from midday today for the annual staff briefing and awards ceremony.

Published: 08 Dec 2015

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Funding grants Aussie Day fun

Australia Day 2016 is set to be a corker, with Mackay Regional Council to help fund 10 events across the region.

Published: 08 Dec 2015

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Botanic gardens celebrates Christmas in style

The popular Christmas in the Gardens event is back for another year.

Published: 07 Dec 2015

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Rural communities get ready for storm season

Seven Emergency Liaison Officers (ELOs) have visited council for a pre-season briefing on the upcoming storm season.

Published: 04 Dec 2015

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Regulated parking returns to CBD

It's back to business as usual in the Mackay City Centre.

Published: 04 Dec 2015

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Still time to nominate

There is just one month left for residents to nominate someone for an Australia Day Award.

Published: 04 Dec 2015

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A night of carols and fun at Bluewater Quay

Renowned musical director, Kim Kirkman and the Mackay Choral Society will be accompanied by duo Tia and Jack for the region’s premier night of carols this Saturday.

Published: 03 Dec 2015

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Local firms get the nod to tender for library contract

Three local construction firms will have the chance to win the contract to transform The Dome into a new state-of-the-art library in Mackay’s City Centre.

Published: 02 Dec 2015

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Strategy paves the way for economic advancement

“Diversified, sustainable, vibrant” – That’s council’s vision for our future and the drivers of its first Economic Development Strategy for our region.

Published: 02 Dec 2015

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Better Community Building Fund provides $14 million boost

Mackay's economy is set for a $14 million boost thanks to a $3 million investment by council that will also improve sporting and community infrastructure in the region.

Published: 02 Dec 2015

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Published: 02 Dec 2015

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Pride for region shines through

It seems Mackay people sure do love a good sunrise.

Published: 01 Dec 2015

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International Day of People with Disability

Council staff are looking forward to hosting a group of keen jobseekers with disability on December 3.

Published: 01 Dec 2015

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Pick up a paddock basher, a project car or even a bus!

A white Bedford bus and 50 cars will be going under the auctioneer’s hammer at council’s abandoned vehicle auction tomorrow at 9am.

Published: 30 Nov 2015

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Indoor sport support aplenty

2016 is shaping up as a mammoth year for Mackay, with more than $4 million to be injected into our economy as a direct result of upcoming indoor sports events.

Published: 30 Nov 2015

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Library's Heritage Collection to enrich new facility

Mackay's much-loved Heritage Collection will be incorporated in the new Dudley Denny City Library in the City Centre.

Published: 30 Nov 2015

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Hummingbird House brings Hope

The Mackay region has a strong link to a new children’s hospice under construction in Brisbane.

Published: 27 Nov 2015

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Solomon Island festive sounds come to Artspace

After an extremely successful visit in 2014, popular Solomon Island choir Gospel 7 has returned to Mackay.

Published: 27 Nov 2015

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Workshop explores big ideas for our economy

There are some “big ideas” for our region’s economy.

Published: 26 Nov 2015

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New strategy targets drainage issues

Mackay Regional Council is delivering on its promise to improve the region’s drainage networks, as outlined in the 2015-2020 Corporate Plan.

Published: 25 Nov 2015

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Published: 25 Nov 2015

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Annual report a snapshot of busy year’s achievements

Council crews mowed 18 million square metres of grass each month during last financial year.

Published: 25 Nov 2015

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Councillors pledge to stand against domestic violence

At today’s council morning tea, male councillors and staff signed pledges never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

Published: 25 Nov 2015

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City Centre celebrations to light up at opening

Roving entertainers, street performers and fireworks will add to the atmosphere at the City Centre revitalisation project’s official opening this Friday (November 27) evening.

Published: 25 Nov 2015

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Council funding generates regional revenue

About half-a-million dollars of economic benefit will be derived from council’s investment in a conference attraction strategy.

Published: 24 Nov 2015

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Overnight line marking works

Mackay Regional Council is beginning overnight line marking works in Slade Point and North Mackay.

Published: 20 Nov 2015

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Construction begins on rock wall at McEwens Beach

The McEwens Beach Erosion Protection Group is currently undertaking construction of a protective rock wall at McEwens Beach.

Published: 20 Nov 2015

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Road works at popular boat ramp

Mackay Regional Council will be resurfacing the road and carpark at the River Street boat ramp from Friday, November 20.

Published: 19 Nov 2015

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Statement on termination resolution

Today the full council formally passed a resolution ratifying the termination of the employment of Brett Heyward, of which he was advised on November 2.

Published: 19 Nov 2015

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New CEO excited about coming home

Council's new CEO believes his extensive commercial and strategic experience will be a catalyst for new opportunities for our region.

Published: 19 Nov 2015

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Does your pool fence measure up?

Pool owners are reminded that from December 1, 2015, it is mandatory that all pool fences comply with the current safety standard.

Published: 19 Nov 2015

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Published: 18 Nov 2015

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A change of scenery for two Mackay roads

Mackay Regional Council is committed to creating public spaces the community can be proud to call their own.

Published: 18 Nov 2015

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Sign a welcome addition to city gateway

Mackay will greet air travellers to the city with a new eye-catching welcome sign at the airport.

Published: 18 Nov 2015

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A plan comes together at Little McCreadys Creek

The Little McCreadys Creek rehabilitation project has received an exciting boost thanks to 5000 plants from council’s Mackay Natural Environment Centre nursery.

Published: 17 Nov 2015

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Interruption to water supply - Anzac Avenue, Marian

Council wishes to advise residents and businesses in Anzac Avenue, Marian and surrounding areas that your water is likely to be off until at least 4PM today.

Published: 17 Nov 2015

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Sugar Shed scoops the pool at state awards

Over the past nine years Sarina Sugar Shed has clocked up several prestigious state, national and regional awards.

Published: 16 Nov 2015

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Australia Day Awards now open

We all know someone who goes out of their way to help others with no expectations of receiving anything in return.

Published: 16 Nov 2015

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Green Arts to highlight local environment

Funding assistance of $30,000 is now available for arts projects which highlight the significant and diverse natural environment of the Mackay region.

Published: 13 Nov 2015

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Upgrades begin on busy intersection near school

An upgrade of the Penn and Juliet streets intersection (including Edward Street and McKenny Street intersections) will begin on Monday, November 16.

Published: 13 Nov 2015

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City Centre to be decorated

It will be starting to look a lot like Christmas in the City Centre, with decorations to go up this Sunday (November 15).

Published: 13 Nov 2015

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Active women receive an early Christmas gift

Thanks to the popularity of the Get Out, Get Active program’s second block of activities, council has been able to extend sessions into December.

Published: 13 Nov 2015

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Council set to approve Better Community Building Funding

New seating at Mackay Basketball’s Crater at Candlestick Park will be just one of the projects to benefit from council’s $3 million Better Community Building Fund.

Published: 12 Nov 2015

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Christmas grants give community a lot to sing about

The Mackay region just got a lot more festive thanks to council’s Christmas Grants.

Published: 12 Nov 2015

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Published: 11 Nov 2015

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Community benefits from council leases

The Pioneer Valley Rotary Club, Surf Life Saving Queensland and Creative Edge Dance Studio have been granted new leases.

Published: 11 Nov 2015

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Leave the car parked on Friday

Did you know this Friday (November 13) is National Walk to Work Day?

Published: 11 Nov 2015

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Bus stop upgrades

Mackay Regional Council is upgrading two bus stops in Lagoon Street, West Mackay.

Published: 11 Nov 2015

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Kick starts available for creative careers

Young artists and performers have an outstanding opportunity to further their creative careers thanks to two exciting bursaries.

Published: 10 Nov 2015

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Get a wriggle on for Aussie Day grants

Looking for some dosh to help fund your Australia Day event?

Published: 10 Nov 2015

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City Centre night works

Over the next three weeks a number of streets in Mackay’s City Centre will be resurfaced with an asphalt overlay.

Published: 09 Nov 2015

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#MackayPride campaign voted Pride of Queensland

Mackay Regional Council’s #MackayPride campaign has clinched the top gong at the 2015 Queensland Multi-Media Awards in Cairns.

Published: 09 Nov 2015

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Share your #MackayPride moment

Share your pride and you could bring four people to Mackay to experience what our region has to offer.

Published: 09 Nov 2015

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Don’t miss the Orchid House’s big stink!

It's been two years since its last big stink, but Mackay Orchid House’s famous putrescent plant, a rare New Guinea Tongue Orchid, is back in flower.

Published: 06 Nov 2015

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Former Pioneer Shire Council building gains more accolades

A refurbishment of the heritage-listed former Pioneer Shire Council building has earned more honours.

Published: 06 Nov 2015

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Five trees poisoned in South Mackay

Mackay Regional Council is investigating the poisoning of five Indian Beech trees in Lettice Court, South Mackay.

Published: 06 Nov 2015

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Bring the family and check out council’s state-of-the-art recycling facility

This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Published: 06 Nov 2015

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Water use up six percent

Mackay residents are being urged to keep a close eye on how much water they use on their lawns and their gardens.

Published: 05 Nov 2015

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Give fines the flick with festive food donations

Mackay Regional Council Libraries donated eight trolley loads of food valued at $7757 to charity last year thanks to the Food for Fines initiative.

Published: 05 Nov 2015

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Jubilee Park ready for Remembrance Day

Work on Jubilee Park is wrapping up just in time for Remembrance Day.

Published: 05 Nov 2015

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Published: 04 Nov 2015

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Brush up on your painting skills at outdoor workshop

Award-winning Brisbane artist and tutor Nick Leavey will teach tonal painting in a special plein air (open air), one day workshop on Saturday, November 7.

Published: 04 Nov 2015

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Curator branches out in new role

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens’ new curator Richard Brown has always had an affinity with the plant world.

Published: 04 Nov 2015

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Don’t forget those in need this festive season

Council's Anti-Poverty Week food drive wound up last week with the delivery of a van load of non-perishable food items to St Paul’s Uniting Church and Anglicare.

Published: 04 Nov 2015

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CEO contract terminated

Mackay Regional Council has terminated the services of Chief Executive Officer Brett Heyward effective immediately.

Published: 02 Nov 2015

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Work begins on shared footpath

Works on a shared footpath outside Caneland Central, along Mangrove Road and Matsuura Drive, will begin tonight, weather permitting.

Published: 02 Nov 2015

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Assess the risks when renovating

Home renovations are becoming more popular than ever with shows like The Block and My House Rules inspiring homeowners all over Australia.

Published: 02 Nov 2015

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Take two for 101 Things

Council, Mackay Airport, Mackay Tourism and The Daily Mercury have again joined forces to roll out Phase 2 of 101 Things to Do in the Mackay Region.

Published: 30 Oct 2015

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Fire destroys popular section of Bluewater Trail

It could be several months before a section of the Bluewater Trail is repaired, after being completely destroyed by fire overnight.

Published: 30 Oct 2015

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Sarina Swim Centre remains in experienced hands

Trainer of Olympic swim stars and water-shy toddlers alike for the last 50 years, Pat Wright will continue to manage the Sarina Swim Centre.

Published: 28 Oct 2015

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Young athletes get a leg-up

Two of Mackay’s future sports stars have received a helping hand to further their training.

Published: 28 Oct 2015

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Published: 28 Oct 2015

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AFL NAB Challenge game to be played in Mackay

Council’s Invest Mackay Events Attraction Program is hitting the mark.

Published: 27 Oct 2015

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New public art brings community together

Installed today and titled Meeting Place, Mackay’s community art sculpture represents the diverse geographical areas of the region and the communities they support.

Published: 27 Oct 2015

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Help improve our parks

Mackay Regional Council is seeking public feedback on improvements planned for two popular recreational areas in Mackay.

Published: 27 Oct 2015

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Proud moment for #MackayPride

Mackay Regional Council’s #MackayPride campaign has been named as a finalist for the major award at the 2015 Queensland Multi Media Awards.

Published: 26 Oct 2015

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Funding available for Australia Day shindigs

Planning a bonza Australia Day 2016 bash?

Published: 26 Oct 2015

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Cane Fire to light up City Centre public art

A striking seven-metre tall sculpture, Cane Fire, will light up the finishing touches on Mackay’s City Centre Revitalisation Project.

Published: 23 Oct 2015

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Overhead signal gantry to be installed in Malcomson Street

An overhead signal gantry will be installed in Malcomson Street, near the Greenfields Boulevard intersection, tonight (Friday, October 23).

Published: 23 Oct 2015

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Insurer comes aboard for Cyclone Saturday

Insurer Suncorp will be on hand at tomorrow’s Cyclone Saturday event at Caneland Central with advice on how to best prepare properties for natural disasters.

Published: 23 Oct 2015

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First report card for Mackay-Whitsunday Waterway Health

A new pilot report on the health of Mackay-Whitsunday waterways has highlighted data gaps and the need for more action to be taken.

Published: 22 Oct 2015

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Recycling trial wants farm bags

Mackay farmers have the opportunity to dispose of their used sugar cane fertiliser bags for free.

Published: 22 Oct 2015

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No fence-sitting when it comes to pool safety

Pool owners are encouraged to get their fences up to scratch by December 1 or risk an on-the-spot fine of $824.

Published: 21 Oct 2015

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Published: 21 Oct 2015

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Pedestrian access closed near culvert works

A major culvert upgrade on Shakespeare Street is under way.

Published: 20 Oct 2015

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Last chance to apply for Christmas grant

There are only a couple of days left to apply for a Christmas grant.

Published: 20 Oct 2015

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Sign up to myh2o and save!

Celebrate National Water Week by signing up to council’s FREE myh2o website!

Published: 20 Oct 2015

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United voice applauds Carmichael Mine approval

Three Central Queensland mayors have applauded the Federal Government’s new approval of Adani’s Carmichael Mine project.

Published: 16 Oct 2015

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Great Barrier Reef Clean-up targets beach litter

It’s time to roll up your sleeves to help save the Great Barrier Reef.

Published: 16 Oct 2015

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New technology drives efficiencies

Mackay’s parking inspectors have welcomed a new addition to the team.

Published: 16 Oct 2015

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Cheer for Cowboys at Mackay ticker tape parade

Mackay singer-songwriter Graeme Connors will perform the North Queensland Cowboys’ club anthem when the players bring the NRL premiership trophy to town on Sunday.

Published: 15 Oct 2015

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Mackay Regional Council awarded for project excellence

Council has been recognised for outstanding community projects by the IPWEA Queensland at the 2015 Excellence Awards Gala Dinner held at the MECC last night.

Published: 14 Oct 2015

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Busy intersection to be upgraded

Getting to school will be easier than ever thanks to upgrades planned to take place at the busy Juliet and Penn streets intersection next month.

Published: 14 Oct 2015

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Published: 14 Oct 2015

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Think globally, act locally

Indian commissioner imparts international wisdom

Published: 14 Oct 2015

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Mackay hosts IPWEA Queensland conference

It is fitting Mackay is this week hosting a major conference showcasing innovation in public works and engineering, said Mayor Deirdre Comerford.

Published: 13 Oct 2015

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The tastes and sounds of the world in Queens Park

Global Grooves 2015 is set to be the biggest melting pot of funky grooves, exotic feasts and informative, free workshops ever seen in Mackay.

Published: 13 Oct 2015

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Road resurfacing works have begun

The second stage of resurfacing works aimed at resealing numerous roads around Mackay before the wet season began today.

Published: 12 Oct 2015

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Welcome back Waders

We all love the coast, and so do the migratory shorebirds that visit our coastline from October to April each year.

Published: 12 Oct 2015

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Champion NQ Cowboys bringing trophy to town

NRL champions the North Queensland Cowboys are bringing the 2015 premiership trophy to town to celebrate with Mackay region fans.

Published: 09 Oct 2015

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Top students to learn from world-renowned speakers

Some of the region’s top high school science students will hear from two world-renowned speakers at a luncheon in Mackay next Tuesday.

Published: 09 Oct 2015

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Mackay’s inclusive champions honoured

Mackay’s Inclusive Community Champions were honoured  for going above and beyond to make their community accessible to everyone and the Orchid House was among them.

Published: 08 Oct 2015

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Councils step up campagin against domestic violence

More than 40 Queensland councils, including Mackay, have joined a local government campaign to publicly condemn domestic violence in their communities.

Published: 08 Oct 2015

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Numbers skyrocket for Get Out, Get Active program

Council was blown away by the level of public participation in the first block of the Get Out, Get Active program for women and girls.

Published: 08 Oct 2015

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Published: 08 Oct 2015

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First optical sorting plant in regional Australia

Instead of letting thousands of tonnes of broken glass go to landfill each year, council will be reusing it in construction projects saving ratepayers thousands of dollars.

Published: 07 Oct 2015

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Rally to take stand against domestic violence

Mackay man Nick Bennett grew up in a notorious New Zealand public housing estate.

Published: 07 Oct 2015

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Queensland Bulls Head to Mackay

First-class cricket will return to Central Queensland this summer with Mackay to host the my Foot Dr Queensland Bulls in a Bupa Sheffield Shield match in December.

Published: 02 Oct 2015

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Published: 30 Sep 2015

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Your business is our business

Fancy yourself as a budding entrepreneur?

Published: 30 Sep 2015

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Bulls Masters Country Challenge just around the corner

Cricket action will be fast and furious as twenty 20 players from across Queensland hit Mackay on October 2-4 for the Bulls Masters Country Challenge.

Published: 29 Sep 2015

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Christmas grants give back to the community

Nothing is more special than celebrating Christmas with friends and family.

Published: 28 Sep 2015

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Public consultation times announced

Council’s Community Engagement team are hitting the streets to gather input into the design of the new Dudley Denny City Library.

Published: 28 Sep 2015

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Myf is set for a late one at Artspace

Her first and only job curating an exhibition may have been The History of Public Toilets for the National Trust, but Myf's thoughts on arts are more than just toilet humour.

Published: 25 Sep 2015

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Work experience just the ticket for students

Horticulture, corporate communications and civil engineering are just three program options council offers work experience students to further their careers.

Published: 24 Sep 2015

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Hay Point Waste Transfer Station reopens

The Hay Point Waste Transfer Station has now reopened following a break-in overnight.

Published: 24 Sep 2015

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Mackay welcomes Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia conference

Mackay is set to welcome hundreds of visitors from Queensland, Australia and New Zealand for the IPWEA Queensland Conference from October 12 to 15.

Published: 23 Sep 2015

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Don’t let your vouchers go to waste

Residents have until the end of this month to use dump vouchers that were issued with the February rates notice.

Published: 24 Sep 2015

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Mackay nets major indoor titles

The largest dinner the MECC has hosted will be part of an awards night for the 2016 Super Nationals Indoor Netball Tournament.

Published: 24 Sep 2015

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Grant sends rising star to international talent showcase

Mackay's musical theatre community has plenty to sing and dance about thanks to the latest round of council’s Regional Arts Development Funding.

Published: 23 Sep 2015

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Mackay to rally against domestic and family violence

Residents, led by Mayor Deirdre Comerford and councillors, will rally at Stadium Mackay next month to send a message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated.

Published: 23 Sep 2015

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International scientists to share ideas at DMLA luncheon

Two world-renowned scientists and investors will share their insights on opportunities for growth industries in Mackay next month.

Published: 23 Sep 2015

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We have the best in the business

When it comes to water and sewerage, Mackay has the best in the business.

Published: 23 Sep 2015

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Published: 23 Sep 2015

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Head-spin king hosts dance workshop

A breakdancing superstar is heading to Mackay for the school holidays.

Published: 21 Sep 2015

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Community input welcome on new library

Council will begin the consultation process for the new Dudley Denny City Library this week.

Published: 21 Sep 2015

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Spawn of Stinky!

Mackay Orchid House’s famous putrescent plant, the rare Tongue Orchid affectionately known as “Stinky”, has had offspring!

Published: 18 Sep 2015

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Mackay region is a horticulture hub

The Mackay region is earning a reputation for developing Australia’s best young horticulturalists.

Published: 18 Sep 2015

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Morning of fun for young coast carers

Coastcare is calling all young coast carers to attend a free morning of educational fun at an important flatback turtle nesting ground.

Published: 17 Sep 2015

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Spring into council facilities for holiday fun!

Entertain the kids these school holidays with the following great activities across the region

Published: 16 Sep 2015

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Published: 16 Sep 2015

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Have your say on the rehabilitation of Lagoons Creek

A concept plan for the rehabilitation of Lagoons Creek in West Mackay is open for public comment until the end of the month.

Published: 16 Sep 2015

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Paradise awaits orchid lovers

Excitement is blossoming for the 20th Australian Orchid Council Conference and Show, Orchids in Paradise.

Published: 15 Sep 2015

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United voice supports Adani

Three Central Queensland mayors have renewed calls for the Adani coal project to be approved to help secure the economic future of the region.

Published: 11 Sep 2015

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Bite into healthy eating workshops

Following the success of the last month’s Get Out, Get Active program, Mackay Regional Council is holding 10 free healthy eating workshops.

Published: 11 Sep 2015

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New CEO brings energy and focus to deliver council’s vision

A strong leader with demonstrated achievements in workplace reform and project management is the new Mackay Regional Council Chief Executive Officer.

Published: 11 Sep 2015

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The ultimate free family fun day

Would you like to get your photo taken with the Melbourne Cup?

Published: 11 Sep 2015

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Going Gold for a cause

Gold represents a worthy cause during September as Mackay’s iconic Old Town Hall is glowing gold in support of childhood cancer awareness.

Published: 10 Sep 2015

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Trans-Tasman basketball to showcase #MackayPride

There will be plenty of Mackay Pride on show when the city hosts a Trans-Tasman basketball series later this month.

Published: 10 Sep 2015

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Published: 09 Sep 2015

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CBD focus of major flood study

The verdict is in on a flood study for Mackay’s CBD.

Published: 09 Sep 2015

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Watch the flow of your outdoor H2O

With temperatures heating up and no rain in sight residents are being urged to watch the flow of their outdoor water use.

Published: 09 Sep 2015

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Swimming clubs take the plunge and apply for grants

A number of the successful applicants were local sporting organisations, including two swimming clubs.

Published: 09 Sep 2015

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Japanese decorations set to brighten community events

Help add a little colour to the region’s community events by attending two Japanese bunting-making workshops this month.

Published: 09 Sep 2015

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Rates discount period closing

Mackay Regional Council ratepayers are reminded the discount period for payment of half-yearly rates is drawing to a close.

Published: 09 Sep 2015

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Submissions open for Matsuura travel scholarships

Applications are now open for Mackay Regional Council’s Sister City Scholarship Program.

Published: 09 Sep 2015

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Grab a pair of gloves & join the clean-up effort

The Mackay community picked up five tonnes of rubbish in just two hours last year and this weekend council is hoping to go one better.

Published: 07 Sep 2015

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Sarina Festival for family fun

The Sarina Community proudly presents the Sarina Festival "Under Lights".

Published: 04 Sep 2015

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Melbourne Cup tour to visit Mackay

The legendary Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy will make a stop in Mackay on Tuesday, September, 15.

Published: 03 Sep 2015

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Major drain upgrade for section of Shakespeare Street

A major drain upgrade in the pipeline for Shakespeare Street will cost in the vicinity of $3.4 million.

Published: 03 Sep 2015

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Chamber and council to deliver growth conference

The Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Mackay Regional Council to deliver the inaugural Business Growth Conference October 7, 8 and 9.

Published: 03 Sep 2015

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Bull Masters partner with council for Country Challenge

Mackay has won hosting rights for a major regional sport event, providing a boost for the local economy and creating excitement around cricket in the region.

Published: 02 Sep 2015

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Published: 02 Sep 2015

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Artspace showcases the cream of the crop

The work of some of Australia's most recognised artists is travelling to Mackay as part of Artspace's latest exhibition, Cream: Four Decades of Australian Art.

Published: 02 Sep 2015

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Aquatic facilities reopen for spring

Mackay Regional Council's aquatic facilities reopened today for the first day of spring.

Published: 01 Sep 2015

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Last chance to register your baby

It is families' last chance to register their bundle of joy for council's Baby Welcoming Ceremony at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on Sunday, September 13.

Published: 31 Aug 2015

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Celebrate Father's Day in the Northern Beaches

Celebrate Father's Day with the family at the Northern Beaches Community Day on Sunday, September 6, from 11am to 2pm at Seaview Park, Bucasia Esplanade.

Published: 31 Aug 2015

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Park opening highlights child safety message

A park named in memory of one of Mackay's most tragic disappearances has received a makeover.

Published: 31 Aug 2015

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Traffic disruptions near River Street boat ramp

There may be some traffic disruptions in River Street, between Burns Street and the boat ramp, tomorrow (Saturday, August 29).

Published: 28 Aug 2015

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Road closures for Twilight City

There will be some road closures in the City Centre for the set up and staging of the Twilight City – Beyond Your Imagination street party being held Saturday night.

Published: 28 Aug 2015

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Have your say on the future of the botanic gardens

Mackay Regional Council is inviting residents to have their say on the design of future stages of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Published: 27 Aug 2015

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Arts and culture bring city centre to life

The Mackay City Centre will come alive with arts, culture and free family fun this weekend.

Published: 27 Aug 2015

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Popular street party to feature in August

This Saturday's Twilight City event will be bigger and better than ever, with five times more food and retail stalls than last year.

Published: 27 Aug 2015

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Mayor to take message to China

Mackay will sell its economic credentials to China and Japan later this year as part of a State Government delegation.

Published: 26 Aug 2015

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Say goodbye to graffiti

Mackay Regional Council is cracking down on graffiti vandalism.

Published: 26 Aug 2015

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Water restrictions eased in Marian and Mirani

Marian and Mirani residents are advised that your water restrictions have been downgraded from Level 2 to Level 1 as Wednesday, August 26.

Published: 26 Aug 2015

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Published: 26 Aug 2015

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Creative art classes for kids

Children love working with colour and texture and, with the release of Artspace Mackay's Kids Art Club program, your child will be excited to join in the fun.

Published: 25 Aug 2015

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Yantai delegation visit strengthens partnerships

A Chinese delegation from Yantai is in Mackay strengthening ties and discussing business and investment opportunities between our regions.

Published: 24 Aug 2015

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The Future Role and Contribution of Regional Capitals

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) has addressed a Federal Senate Inquiry in Geelong on the significant role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia.

Published: 21 Aug 2015

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Palm maintenance in City Centre

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre this Sunday (August 23).

Published: 21 Aug 2015

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Former Pioneer Shire Council building shines at awards

A refurbishment of the heritage-listed former Pioneer Shire Council building has earned accolades at the National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards.

Published: 21 Aug 2015

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MECC takes prestigious national award

The MECC has taken home the 2015 Australian Performing Arts Centre's Association's (APACA) Drover's Award for Performing Arts Centre of the year.

Published: 21 Aug 2015

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Simplifying bin collections in the Pioneer Valley

Improving services and keeping costs down are the driving forces behind changes to the Pioneer Valley bin collection days.

Published: 21 Aug 2015

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Bright future for Book Week

The Children's Book Council of Australia is celebrating its 70th anniversary and Children's Book Week's future is looking brighter than ever.

Published: 20 Aug 2015

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Hitch a free bus ride to Twilight City street party

Residents will be able to hitch a free bus ride to and from the Twilight City – Beyond Your Imagination Street Party in the City Centre later this month.

Published: 19 Aug 2015

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Have your say on the development of the Botanic Gardens

Mackay Regional Council invites you to have your say on the future design stages of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Published: 19 Aug 2015

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Published: 19 Aug 2015

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Apply now for event, conference funding

Events, conferences and concerts scheduled to take place up to mid-2016 are now eligible to apply for a share of $1.8 million worth of funding.

Published: 19 Aug 2015

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Register areas for clean up

Let's get dirty and keep our region beautiful by participating in this year's Great Northern Clean Up.

Published: 14 Aug 2015

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Council advertising for new trainees

A year ago Rebecca Barrett was studying horticulture online through TAFE when a friend told her about traineeships available at council.

Published: 14 Aug 2015

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Chetcuti gets ready for take off

Mackay's award-winning fashion designer, Jason Chetcuti is hard-at-work designing, handsewing and perfecting 40 gowns for his Spring Summer 2015 Collection.

Published: 13 Aug 2015

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Worm picture gets wheels

Hampden school student Sam Vanderpoel's depiction of a worm farm will soon grace the side of council's Waste Education Trailer.

Published: 13 Aug 2015

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Make a lantern and light up the Pioneer River

Residents are invited to attend a free adult lantern-making workshop on Sunday, August 16, between 10am and 3pm at the old Retravision building, 14-20 Wood Street, Mackay.

Published: 13 Aug 2015

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Time to celebrate our seniors

Mackay Regional Council is celebrating the contribution older people make in the community with two great events as part of Seniors Week 2015.

Published: 13 Aug 2015

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Published: 12 Aug 2015

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Apply for a RADF grant

The Regional Arts Development Fund's (RADF) first grant round for 2015/16 is closing soon.

Published: 11 Aug 2015

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The Marian Water Treatment Plant is back online

The Marian Water Treatment Plant is now back online, after repairs were made to a small leak at the newly commissioned plant.

Published: 11 Aug 2015

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Performers put pen to paper

Two local performers are inviting residents and visitors to write a love letter to Mackay throughout August as part of their involvement with a regional arts initiative.

Published: 06 Aug 2015

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Spring welcome for Mackay bubs

More than 400 babies have taken part in council's Baby Welcoming Ceremonies since the first ceremony took place in September 2012.

Published: 06 Aug 2015

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Published: 05 Aug 2015

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Jubilee Park upgrade continues

Stage two of Mackay Regional Council's $197,000 upgrade to Jubilee Park will begin next week on Monday, August 10.

Published: 05 Aug 2015

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Mayor talks shop on council budget

Mayor Deirdre Comerford is stepping out of the office and into our local shopping centres to explain how the 2015-16 budget is the right fit for the community.

Published: 04 Aug 2015

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Heritage showpiece opened in Mackay City Centre

Mackay's rich history and bright future have come together in the heritage-listed former Pioneer Shire Council building refurbishment that was opened yesterday.

Published: 03 Aug 2015

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Night-time line marking works in City Centre

Night line marking works will begin in the City Centre from 9pm this Sunday (August 2).

Published: 31 Jul 2015

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Matsuura students get a taste of the tropical lifestyle

A group of 15 Japanese students and two chaperones will visit Mackay next week as part of the annual Mackay-Matsuura student exchange program.

Published: 31 Jul 2015

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Visitors sweet on Sugar Shed

There's one only thing visitors to Sarina Sugar Shed have been calling for – more – and that's exactly what they'll get.

Published: 31 Jul 2015

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Take a tour of a heritage-listed building this weekend

Residents are invited to take a tour of the refurbished former Pioneer Shire Council Building this Sunday.

Published: 31 Jul 2015

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New Sarina SES facility unveiled

When Sarina SES was formed in 1976 a young Paul Steindl was among its 118 original volunteers.

Published: 31 Jul 2015

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Premier opens state-of-the-art water treatment plant

A new state-of-the-art water treatment plant built in Marian will provide an increased and more reliable supply of water to Marian and Mirani residents.

Published: 30 Jul 2015

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Families' convict history unlocked

Do you have a criminal past?

Published: 30 Jul 2015

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Published: 29 Jul 2015

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Heritage-listed building opens its doors

The former Pioneer Shire Council Building in Wood Street will be officially reopened on Sunday following the completion of restoration works.

Published: 29 Jul 2015

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Make time to get active

Mackay Regional Council will launch a new program next month designed to encourage women of all ages to become more active.

Published: 28 Jul 2015

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A financial boost for CQ Rescue Service

The RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter Service will continue to save lives, thanks to a $50,000 commitment by Mackay Regional Council.

Published: 28 Jul 2015

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Council helps cultivate orchid show and conference

A national orchid show and conference in Mackay in September is set to bloom.

Published: 23 Jul 2015

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Fun day promotes responsible pet ownership

Popping down to council's popular annual Pet Registration Day this Saturday (July 25) can save responsible pet owners money.

Published: 23 Jul 2015

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Published: 22 Jul 2015

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Generous donation to transform City Centre site

Council's plan to have a modern high-tech library in the City Centre has been fast-tracked by a generous donation.

Published: 22 Jul 2015

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Building to be new home of community radio station

The former Retravision building in Wood Street will be the new home of a community radio station.

Published: 22 Jul 2015

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Whitsunday ROC Executive helps embrace digital economy

Helping the region embrace the digital economy is one of the top priorities of Whitsunday ROC's new Executive Officer Heather Norris.

Published: 20 Jul 2015

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New trees for Goldsmith Street

Mackay Regional Council is rejuvenating a section of Goldsmith Street by replacing five trees that are in varying states of decline.

Published: 20 Jul 2015

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Recycling bins to be inspected

If you treat your recycling bin like a second rubbish bin, think again.

Published: 17 Jul 2015

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Volunteers needed for National Tree Day

Planet Ark is celebrating the 20th anniversary of National Tree Day this year.

Published: 17 Jul 2015

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Published: 16 Jul 2015

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Council keen to prosecute illegal dumpers

Council is seeking public assistance to help nab those responsible for illegally dumping a large load of asbestos sheeting near a cane farm.

Published: 16 Jul 2015

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Mackay City Library closes for revamp

Mackay City Library will be closed next week, from July 20 to 25, to allow for the replacement of existing carpet.

Published: 16 Jul 2015

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Café at Bluewater Lagoon closes early

Due to unforeseen circumstances the café at Bluewater Lagoon will close for the winter break on Friday, July 17; three days before scheduled.

Published: 15 Jul 2015

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Expressions of interest sought for chaperones

Mackay Regional Council is currently seeking applications for two adult chaperones for the 2016 Youth Ambassador Tour to Matsuura, Japan.

Published: 14 Jul 2015

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Mackay's got jungle fever!

Go wild for the final 2015 Festival of Arts weekend, including G&S Engineering's Wine & Food Day on Saturday, July 18.

Published: 13 Jul 2015

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Lunchtime entertainment highlights local talent

Caneland Central's Jack Sturgeon Lunchbox Concerts celebrates its 28th birthday this year.

Published: 10 Jul 2015

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Water main works take place in Shakespeare Street

Mackay Regional Council encourages residents to plan ahead and allow themselves extra time to travel to and from East Shakespeare Street over the next eight weeks.

Published: 10 Jul 2015

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Festival opening weekend has it all

Queensland Symphony Orchestra will open the 2015 Mackay Festival of Arts Friday night with a breathtaking performance under the stars at the Meadowlands Amphitheatre.

Published: 09 Jul 2015

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Flood protection for Middle Creek Dam residents

Work will begin on upgrading Middle Creek Dam from mid-July to meet new flood requirements set out by the Queensland Dam Safety Regulator.

Published: 08 Jul 2015

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Published: 08 Jul 2015

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An exciting weekend of art and design

Artspace Mackay will be hive of activity this weekend with the return of its popular art market and the launch of a new exhibition at the gallery.

Published: 07 Jul 2015

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Rhonda Burchmore serves up saucy brunch

The Friends of the MECC's Jazz Brunch will serve up a hot breakfast and an even hotter performance by one of Australia's most respected theatre artists.

Published: 06 Jul 2015

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Mayor takes our message to Asia Pacific Summit

Mayor Deirdre Comerford will promote the region's business and investment credentials at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Brisbane next week.

Published: 03 Jul 2015

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NAIDOC celebrations recognise sacred ground

The 2015 NAIDOC Week celebrations will commence with the annual flag raising ceremony in council's civic precinct on Monday, July 6 from 10am.

Published: 03 Jul 2015

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School holiday activities animate the city centre

Students are being given the opportunity to contribute to the Animating Spaces Mackay UP! community art project these school holidays.

Published: 02 Jul 2015

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Take a spin across the city

Take a free ride this Saturday to celebrate our new pathways.

Published: 02 Jul 2015

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Workshop Week at the library

ABC Open Tropical North Producer Daniel Battley will host a week of workshops at Mackay City Library from July 6-10.

Published: 01 Jul 2015

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Published: 01 Jul 2015

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Bluewater Lagoon achieves excellent rating

Mackay's Bluewater Lagoon is making a splash.

Published: 01 Jul 2015

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Library window a portal to the digital world

ABC Open has been encouraging regional Australians to share their videos, photos and written stories online for just over five years, and four years locally.

Published: 30 Jun 2015

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Women and girls encouraged to get active

Mackay Regional Council is seeking interest from women and girls of all ages on a new program designed to encourage them to become more active.

Published: 30 Jun 2015

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Last chance to nominate young sports stars for bursaries

There is less than one week left to nominate an upcoming local athlete for the Wingate Properties North Queensland Sports Encouragement Bursary.

Published: 30 Jun 2015

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Fun run on the bubble

Mackay's first Bubble Run is on this Sunday in celebration of the Active Towns program.

Published: 29 Jun 2015

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Swoop in on early bird savings

With just a few days remaining, now is the time to take advantage of early bird prices on a range of Festival of Arts shows.

Published: 29 Jun 2015

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Botanic gardens' third stage is on the drawing board

Queensland consultancy firm Place Design Group has been awarded a tender for the detailed design of stage three of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Published: 29 Jun 2015

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Barriers are no obstacle for Roller Maidens

More than 300 plastic barriers have been donated to local sporting clubs and community groups around the region.

Published: 29 Jun 2015

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Sister city relationship in safe hands

Sister Cities Mackay (SCM) signed an agreement with council last week to play a more active role in the delivery of the Mackay Matsuura Sister City relationship.

Published: 29 Jun 2015

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Final RADF grant round provides support to local events

Local events including Pasifika and Sugar City Con have received funding in the final Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant round for this financial year.

Published: 26 Jun 2015

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Popular camping area reopens at Seaforth

Seaforth Camping Reserve will reopen a popular area of the park just in time for the school holidays.

Published: 26 Jun 2015

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Council protects local jobs

Twenty-seven members of our community will keep their jobs thanks to Mackay Regional Council retaining the services of a local contractor.

Published: 26 Jun 2015

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No postal ballot for council election

The next Mackay Regional Council local government election in March will not be a full postal ballot.

Published: 24 Jun 2015

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Published: 24 Jun 2015

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Budget is right fit for community

A zero percent movement in the average residential rate is considered the "right fit for the community" and delivers on a council commitment to drive down rate increases.

Published: 24 Jun 2015

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Council boosts its buy local policy

A Community Attitude Survey highlighted that council support for local business was one of the top priorities for residents.

Published: 24 Jun 2015

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New building fund delivers for community

A Better Community Building Fund will deliver improved facilities across the region and stimulate economic activity.

Published: 24 Jun 2015

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Residents advised of council closure

Mackay Regional Council advises all offices will be closed from 4.30pm on Wednesday, June 24 for the annual Mackay Show Holiday on Thursday, June 25.

Published: 23 Jun 2015

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Make your own jewellery at Artspace this weekend

Sign up for a one-day silver jewellery making workshop with contemporary Australian jeweller Marian Hosking.

Published: 23 Jun 2015

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Mackay Pride on show

Free seedlings, native plants and tap timers are just some of the free items that will be handed out at this year's Mackay Show to help residents instil pride in our region.

Published: 23 Jun 2015

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Free bike education courses on offer

Free family fun – that's what Active Towns has on offer this school holidays.

Published: 23 Jun 2015

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Cinematic sounds and revolting rhymes run wild on stage

The Mackay Festival of Arts 2015 program has some wild entertainment in store for families.

Published: 22 Jun 2015

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Local businesses invited to show Mackay Pride

Local property and business owners are set to benefit from a new initiative to be unveiled in Mackay Regional Council's 2015/16 budget.

Published: 22 Jun 2015

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Published: 18 Jun 2015

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Events and Conference attraction programs

Mackay is to chase major sporting events, concerts and conferences to stimulate the local economy.

Published: 17 Jun 2015

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Water flow improvements in North Mackay

As part of an ongoing leak detection and demand management program to improve the performance of the water network, council will upgrade bulk flow meters in North Mackay.

Published: 17 Jun 2015

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Emirates Melbourne Cup returns to the people

Mackay has been named as one of 33 destinations on the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.

Published: 17 Jun 2015

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Roundabout making intersection safer

A notorious inner-city intersection is being made safer with the construction of a roundabout.

Published: 17 Jun 2015

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Wharf demolition under way

Three dilapidated piers at the eastern end of River Street are being dismantled.

Published: 17 Jun 2015

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Festival brings wild nights to the MECC

Don a mask, find a wild costume and get set for an outrageously good night at Hot FM's Wild Things Masquerade at the MECC on Saturday, July 11.

Published: 16 Jun 2015

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Symphony to open festival under stars

Meadowlands Amphitheatre at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens will host its first professional performance for the opening of the 2015 Festival of Arts.

Published: 15 Jun 2015

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Mosquito complaints starting to bite

Mozzies are on the march in Mackay.

Published: 15 Jun 2015

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Game on for sports precinct project

A new multi-million sports precinct planned for the CQUniversity Mackay campus at Ooralea could provide a major economic stimulus for the region.

Published: 15 Jun 2015

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Mackay attends Regional Queensland Showcase

The region's livability, opportunities and potential are being promoted to investors and potential new residents at the Regional Queensland Showcase in Brisbane.

Published: 12 Jun 2015

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Nominate an upcoming sports star for a bursary

Do you have an aspiring athlete in your club or team?

Published: 12 Jun 2015

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Free online marketing workshops for local businesses

Local businesses are invited to attend one of three information sessions being held next week to learn how to optimise their potential in today's digital economy.

Published: 11 Jun 2015

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City library takes a look back on its birthday

Mackay City Library will celebrate its 35th birthday this month.

Published: 11 Jun 2015

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Published: 11 Jun 2015

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Corporate Plan provides blueprint for action

Supporting local businesses and diversifying Mackay's economy are among key goals of a five-year blueprint for council.

Published: 10 Jun 2015

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Freeze on levies and charges

Council will freeze all fees, charges and levies in a concerted effort to tackle cost of living expenses for the region's ratepayers.

Published: 10 Jun 2015

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Capt. Mackay's granddaughter makes special presentation

Debate over the correct pronunciation of Mackay has been settled once and for all by the granddaughter of the city's founder Captain John Mackay.

Published: 10 Jun 2015

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Council CEO resigns to focus on a personal family matter

Mackay Regional Council CEO Barry Omundson resigned yesterday after two years in the job to focus on a personal family matter.

Published: 09 Jun 2015

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Festival delivers feast for foodies!

Foodies are in for a tantalising feast at this year's Festival of Arts.

Published: 09 Jun 2015

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Significant benefits from recovery facility upgrade

After 10 years council's Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) has reached the end of its working life.

Published: 09 Jun 2015

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Legendary photographer to share personal experiences

Renowned Australian photographer, William Yang will be in Mackay this weekend to discuss the role of photography in contemporary art and his own personal experiences.

Published: 09 Jun 2015

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Pen this workshop in your diary

Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) will run a practical, hands-on workshop at Gordon White Library for those who want to enhance their writing skills.

Published: 05 Jun 2015

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Published: 04 Jun 2015

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Regional Capitals Australia welcomes new Chair

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) extends a warm welcome to their new Chair, Mayor Deirdre Comerford.

Published: 03 Jun 2015

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Celebrating our region's new arrivals

Local families who have welcomed a baby since March 2014 are invited to take part in council's upcoming Baby Welcoming Ceremony on Sunday, June 21.

Published: 02 Jun 2015

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Libraries get behind bowel cancer awareness

Mackay Regional Council Libraries will host two information sessions on bowel cancer in June as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Published: 02 Jun 2015

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Development Services front counter moves

Council's Development Services front counter has moved to the main administration building in Gordon Street.

Published: 01 Jun 2015

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Fun run registrations open

Pop along to Mackay's first Bubble Run.

Published: 01 Jun 2015

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Howzat!

Mackay has been chosen to host the 2016 Australian Masters indoor cricket championships.

Published: 01 Jun 2015

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Signs good for beating environmental vandals

The signs reinforce that environmental vandals will not win.

Published: 29 May 2015

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Register for LitVids workshops

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a movie trailer can convey a complex story in just as much detail.

Published: 29 May 2015

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Activities galore at Heritage Fair

Billy Cart racing, rope bridge, animal farm and working sheep dog demonstrations – Sunday's Heritage Fair will be a treasure-trove of activities for families.  

Published: 29 May 2015

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Gardening guru to attend fair

ABC gardening guru Tom Wyatt will be attending Sunday's Heritage Fair (May 31) at Greenmount Homestead.

Published: 28 May 2015

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Published: 27 May 2015

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Fifty shades of green on display

The latest exhibition on display at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens explores some very colourful subject matter… the colour green.

Published: 27 May 2015

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Council invests in the future of waste management

Each piece of non-recyclable waste we throw away has to go somewhere.

Published: 27 May 2015

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Call for pedestrians to avoid construction zone

Motorists and pedestrians will have noticed changes near the intersection of Malcomson Street and Greenfields Boulevard at Mount Pleasant.

Published: 27 May 2015

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Skip the queue, catch the fair bus!

Skip the queue and hitch a ride on the bus to Greenmount Homestead's Heritage Fair.

Published: 26 May 2015

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Festival of Arts tickets run wild

Music, theatre and events will soon take over Mackay for the 28th annual Festival of Arts, with tickets now on sale at www.mackaytix.com.au.

Published: 26 May 2015

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Buffy dressed for success!

Sarina has strong links to State of Origin, producing four Origin greats in Martin Bella, Dale Shearer, Kevin Campion and Wendell Sailor.

Published: 26 May 2015

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Last chance to claim plastic barriers

Time is running out for sporting clubs to claim free plastic barriers to use at their games and events.

Published: 26 May 2015

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Coconut trees removed as safety precaution

Seven coconut trees at Cape Hillsborough will be removed in the coming weeks due to safety concerns.

Published: 25 May 2015

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Out of the box thinking scores RIN award

Innovations implemented by Mackay Regional Council's water and sewerage department will potentially save the organisation about $100 million over the next decade.

Published: 25 May 2015

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Stop in for a yarn about reconciliation

Mackay Regional Council will celebrate National Reconciliation Week with a number of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activities in the Civic Precinct.

Published: 25 May 2015

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Botanic gardens 'wrapped' with birthday gift

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens celebrated its 12th birthday this morning (May 22) with a special morning tea and a surprise gift from its loyal volunteers.

Published: 22 May 2015

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New shared path to help Sarina get active

Sarina residents will soon have a new shared path connecting the town centre to the educational and recreational precincts.

Published: 22 May 2015

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Botanic Gardens lagoon water quality given all-clear

Water quality at the lagoon near Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens has been given the all-clear after the discovery of a small number of dead barramundi.

Published: 21 May 2015

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Published: 21 May 2015

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New exhibition at Artspace is a hidden gem

While many look at jewellery as simply an accessory that complements an outfit, a new exhibition launching at Artspace Mackay this Friday proves it can be art in its own right.

Published: 21 May 2015

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NBN Co rolls out stage two of switchover

The second stage of the National Broadband Network (NBN) switchover will take place from June 12.

Published: 20 May 2015

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Run wild at Festival of Arts Pop-Up Party

Walk on the wild side at this weekend's Festival of Art's Pop-Up Party at Bluewater Quay.

Published: 19 May 2015

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Region calls for passionate foodies to step up to the plate

The Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region is relatively unknown when it comes to food production and yet our region is the largest winter vegetable growing region in Australia.

Published: 18 May 2015

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Palm cleaning in City

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre tomorrow (Saturday).

Published: 15 May 2015

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Video footage catches roaming cats

Theconclusion of a feral cat monitoring survey in Slade Point has revealed some interesting results.

Published: 15 May 2015

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Stage two completed in City Centre

The river end of Wood Street will open to two-way traffic on Monday (May 18), marking a significant milestone for the City Centre Revitalisation Project.

Published: 14 May 2015

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Published: 14 May 2015

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Council on board for wharf precinct mural

Mackay's wharf precinct will receive a splash of colour thanks to a new art project.

Published: 13 May 2015

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Council calls on State Government for assistance

Any attempts to disperse a flying fox colony at Walkerston would almost certainly create a bigger problem in nearby locations in the suburb.

Published: 13 May 2015

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Federal funding scheme freeze to cost council

Changes to the Federal Government's Financial Assistance Grants scheme will cost Mackay Regional Council $2.7 million over four years.

Published: 13 May 2015

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Nominate now for community awards

Mayor Deirdre Comerford is encouraging residents to nominate for the 2015 Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

Published: 12 May 2015

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Road blocks find new home on sporting fields

Local sporting clubs are encouraged to contact Mackay Regional Council to claim free plastic barriers to use at their sporting events.

Published: 12 May 2015

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Water notices remind residents to watch the flow of their H2O

Water notices will begin trickling into mailboxes this week.

Published: 11 May 2015

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Kids get a wriggle on with art comp

Worms are awesome.

Published: 11 May 2015

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Linemarking night works in Paget

Council will undertake important linemarking works over the next few weeks in Paget.

Published: 08 May 2015

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Stormwater upgrades for Nelson Street

Council will be upgrading stormwater drainage on Nelson Street, between Gordon and Victoria streets from next week.

Published: 08 May 2015

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Overhead gantry lane directional signage a first for Mackay

An overhead gantry with electronic signage to help with peak-hour traffic flow at the Malcomson Street and Greenfields Boulevard intersection will be a first for Mackay.

Published: 07 May 2015

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Published: 07 May 2015

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Locals invited to feral cat information session

Locals are being invited to attend an information session on Tuesday, May 12 to learn more about the prevalence of feral cats within Slade Point.

Published: 07 May 2015

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Motorists asked not to cross the line

How well do you know the road rules?

Published: 07 May 2015

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Homestead celebrates 100 years

One of Mackay's most historic attractions, Greenmount Homestead, is about to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Published: 06 May 2015

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Taxi rank on the move

A taxi rank in the City Centre is on the move.

Published: 06 May 2015

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Sarina Sugar Shed takes home three tourism awards

Sarina Sugar Shed has picked up three awards at this year's Mackay Region Tourism Awards.

Published: 06 May 2015

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Sports Expo a finalist in national awards

The Sports Expo and Sign-on Day is a finalist in the 2015 Government Communications Australia Awards for Excellence.

Published: 05 May 2015

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Works make way for riverfront revitalisation

A revitalised riverfront precinct will be the end result of works happening in and along the Pioneer River.

Published: 04 May 2015

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New tutor tailors art classes for kids

An internationally recognised fashion designer and local artist will tutor term two of Kids Art Club at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 01 May 2015

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Melbourne's love affair with Mackay blossoms

Warm weather, beautiful scenery and exciting adventures are just a few of the features that attracted visitors from Melbourne and the rest of Victoria to Mackay in early 2015.

Published: 01 May 2015

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Aquatic facilities close for winter maintenance

As the cooler months approach, council's aquatic facilities are preparing for their annual winter maintenance.

Published: 30 Apr 2015

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War medal left behind on ANZAC Day

A medal for campaign service at the Gulf War has been handed in to Mackay Regional Council following Saturday's ANZAC Day service at Town Beach.

Published: 30 Apr 2015

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MRC team crowned state champions

Mackay Regional Council is topping the state when it comes to leadership.

Published: 30 Apr 2015

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LitVids brings books to life

Mackay Regional Council Libraries' LitVids competition is back for another year.

Published: 30 Apr 2015

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Water on in Beaconsfield and surrounding areas

Water has been restored to Beaconsfield and surrounding areas following this morning's burst water main on Norris Road.

Published: 29 Apr 2015

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Published: 29 Apr 2015

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Diversity on display at agricultural showcase

Experience first-hand the rich tapestry of agricultural diversity our region has to offer and go in the draw to win $500 at the Community Bank® Ag Trade Life event on May 1-2.

Published: 29 Apr 2015

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Prize money on offer for preservation, restoration

Time is running out to register for the 2015 Heritage Awards.

Published: 29 Apr 2015

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Burst water main on Norris Road

A water main on Norris Road has been damaged and is likely to result in loss of water supply to residents in Beaconsfield and surrounding areas.

Published: 29 Apr 2015

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Community views on Corporate Plan

Residents have three weeks to give their views on Mackay Regional Council's draft Corporate Plan 2015 - 2020.

Published: 27 Apr 2015

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Cemetery walks commemorate Anzac centenary

ANZAC Day is over for another year but the centenary events will continue.

Published: 27 Apr 2015

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Mackay comes along for the ride

More than 500 people came along for the ride at cyclefest mackay – powered by Westfund Health on Sunday.

Published: 27 Apr 2015

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Bakers Creek croc snapped up

A saltwater crocodile that has called a recycled water storage dam at Bakers Creek home for six years has been successfully captured and relocated.

Published: 24 Apr 2015

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Experience the real Japan

Have you ever wondered about Mackay's sister city relationship with Matsuura in Japan which has been going for more than 25 years?

Published: 24 Apr 2015

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Jubilee Park ready for Anzac Day

A new walkway and 13 bronze plaques commemorating the Anzac centenary will be unveiled at a special civic reception today (Friday, April 24) at Jubilee Park.

Published: 24 Apr 2015

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Published: 23 Apr 2015

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Temporary closure of council's Client Services Centres

Council wishes to advise residents that its Client Service Centres will be temporarily closed on Friday (April 24) afternoon.

Published: 23 Apr 2015

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New first offenders discount for dog release fees

Owners of impounded dogs will be cut some slack if they can show their roaming registered pet is a first-time offender.

Published: 22 Apr 2015

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Parks named in honour of pioneers

Twp open space reserves will be named in honour of early pioneers.

Published: 22 Apr 2015

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Illegal tree clearing at Bucasia Beach

About 50 trees have been illegally destroyed at Bucasia Beach.

Published: 22 Apr 2015

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Rebuilding access to our beaches

The tide is turning for improved access to Mackay beaches.

Published: 21 Apr 2015

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City Centre cycling celebration

Come for a spin at the inaugural cyclefest mackay – powered by Westfund Health.

Published: 20 Apr 2015

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Interruption to Midge Point water supply

Council wishes to advise residents and businesses of Midge Point that your water supply will be interrupted tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 21) from 10pm to about 4am.

Published: 20 Apr 2015

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Nitro Circus auction raises $2650 for Cyclone Pam victims

Council hashelped raise $2650 for victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu by auctioning twocorporate boxes for Nitro Circus at Stadium Mackay tomorrow night.

Published: 17 Apr 2015

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ANZAC history on show

A historical display titled 100 Years of ANZAC will be launched at Mackay Showgrounds on Monday as part of this year's ANZAC centenary celebrations.

Published: 17 Apr 2015

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Published: 16 Apr 2015

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Home-grown talent show their star-power

Mackay's hottest young talent will be on display at MECC this Sunday.

Published: 15 Apr 2015

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Feral cat monitoring

Council together with Reef Catchments Mackay and North Queensland Bulk Ports aim to gain an insight into feral cat behaviour and the effects on native wildlife populations.

Published: 14 Apr 2015

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Mackay Pride bragging rights

The battle of the sexes is set to go to a new level in the inaugural #Mackay Pride Netball Challenge on Wednesday April 15.

Published: 13 Apr 2015

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Residents guide future of Koumala reserve

Locals have helped shape the future of Koumala Reserve by participating in a Connecting Mackay survey.

Published: 13 Apr 2015

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Road works cater for new sports field and clubhouse

Council will be undertaking road works next week along Heaths Road (opposite Valetta Gardens) and Glenella Road, near the entrance to the new soccer club grounds.

Published: 10 Apr 2015

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System-wide outage planned for council's website

Residents are advised that council's interactive online systems will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday, April 10, until 8am on Monday, April 13, as part of a system-wide outage.

Published: 09 Apr 2015

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Published: 09 Apr 2015

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History on display at Artspace

Three exhibitions with historical influences will launch at Artspace Mackay this Friday.

Published: 08 Apr 2015

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Council invests in water and sewerage assets

Close to $2 million will be spent upgrading local water and sewerage infrastructureto maintain our valuable assets and to accommodate future growth.

Published: 08 Apr 2015

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Grants prove popular with sporting and community groups

A number of local community and sporting organisations will benefit from the latest community grant round.

Published: 08 Apr 2015

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Author flies into Mackay for library talk and stage show

Australian comedian, author and broadcaster Michael Veitch will be in Mackay this weekend to promote his stage show Flak.

Published: 07 Apr 2015

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What more could you wish for these school holidays?

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens will run an eggs-traordinary Easter holiday quiz these school holidays.

Published: 07 Apr 2015

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Nitro Circus auction supports Vanuatu cyclone victims

Council is nitro-charging its efforts to help victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

Published: 07 Apr 2015

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IMAG_NE our revitalised City Centre

A new piece of temporary artwork is encouraging residents to imagine what the City Centre will look like once the revitalisation project is finished later this year.

Published: 01 Apr 2015

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Eggciting times in the City Centre for Easter

The Mackay City Centre will be a hive of activity this weekend thanks to three great events taking place as part of The Lanes Easter Carnival.

Published: 02 Apr 2015

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Road upgrade works in Homebush and Walkerston

Council will be upgrading the O'Sheas Road timber bridge at Homebush, from mid-April to mid-May 2015, weather permitting.

Published: 02 Apr 2015

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Good signs for stormwater run-off

There are good signs for efforts to limit the impact of stormwater run-off from urban development in Mackay.

Published: 01 Apr 2015

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Hop along to a free bike education course

GET your kids pumped up and ready to ride this Easter holidays.

Published: 02 Apr 2015

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Published: 01 Apr 2015

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2015 Heritage Awards launched

2015 is a big year for heritage in Mackay.

Published: 01 Apr 2015

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Improved flood protection for Middle Creek Dam

MORE than $2.5 million will be spent upgrading Middle Creek Dam to meet new flood requirements set by the Queensland Dam Safety Regulator.

Published: 31 Mar 2015

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Council closures over Easter break

Mackay Regional Council would like to advise residents of the following council facility closures over the Easter break:

Published: 31 Mar 2015

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Gala dinner to celebrate ANZAC spirit

Mayor Deirdre Comerford is urging residents to purchase their tickets for the ANZAC Centenary Dinner at the MECC on Thursday, April 23.

Published: 31 Mar 2015

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Hop into council's facilities these school holidays for some Easter fun!

Entertain the kids these holidays with the following great activities across the region.

Published: 30 Mar 2015

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Big Breakfast cancelled

The Bridges Big Breakfast has been cancelled due to low ticket sales.

Published: 30 Mar 2015

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Quota Park in full swing following vandalism

Mayor Deirdre Comerford officially opened a new playground at Quota Park on March 29, which has had about $200,000 spent on its redevelopment.

Published: 30 Mar 2015

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New plant a flowing success

Marian and Mirani residents are now starting to receive treated water fresh from the Pioneer River, courtesy of the new $8 million Marian Water Treatment Plant (MWTP).

Published: 27 Mar 2015

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Seaview memorial receives facelift in time for ANZAC Day

A memorial site at Bucasia's Seaview Park will look better than ever this Anzac Day.

Published: 27 Mar 2015

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Switch off for Earth Hour

Council is encouraging residents to switch off their lights for Earth Hour between 8.30pm and 9.30pm tomorrow (Saturday, March 28).

Published: 27 Mar 2015

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Mackay an affordable Easter getaway destination

Mackay has come up trumps in a national survey for affordable holiday getaways over the Easter break.

Published: 27 Mar 2015

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Animating Spaces is up, up and away

Mackay Regional Council and the local arts community recently celebrated the launch of Animating Spaces Mackay UP! at Paxton's Creative Space.

Published: 26 Mar 2015

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Community in for a free ride

Saddle up this Sunday and take part in free community bike rides.

Published: 26 Mar 2015

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Published: 26 Mar 2015

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Council 'dials in' to national safety service

Play it safe and dial before you dig.

Published: 26 Mar 2015

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Local events to benefit from RADF grants

More than $47,000 will be shared by 14 community groups as part of the third round of Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants.

Published: 25 Mar 2015

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Improved flow for firefighters in Sarina

Firefighters will soon have access to increased water pressure in Sarina.

Published: 25 Mar 2015

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Upgrades continue in heritage-listed Jubilee Park

Council's $197,000 upgrade of Jubilee Park will continue this week with the fit-out of lighting and irrigation.

Published: 24 Mar 2015

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Revitalising the City Centre's streetscape

Removal of some existing vegetation along Wood Street will take place this week, launching stage three of the City Centre Revitalisation Project.

Published: 24 Mar 2015

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Dads Read kicks off at Stadium Mackay

Expect to see something you've never seen at the football before when Mackay Cutters take on East Tigers this Saturday … books.

Published: 24 Mar 2015

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Hop into the Easter celebrations

All lanes lead to the Bluewater Quay this Easter.

Published: 23 Mar 2015

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Course to create cycling confidence

The old saying "it's just like riding a bike'' suggests once you have learned to ride one you never forget.

Published: 23 Mar 2015

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$1 million pump station works under way

Work on the new $1 million sewage pump station at Mackay Base Hospital will begin on Monday (March 23).

Published: 20 Mar 2015

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Kidspace back for another year

Creative kids will enjoy getting their hands dirty as another year of Artspace Mackay's ever-popular BMA Kidspace kicks off on Tuesday, March 24.

Published: 20 Mar 2015

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Published: 20 Mar 2015

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Student's artwork showcases sister city relationship

A new banner designed by Holy Spirit College student Tia Brown will be used to promote Mackay's sister city relationship.

Published: 19 Mar 2015

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Local artists showcase talent online

Mackay has a diverse and talented art community.

Published: 19 Mar 2015

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Monitor your flow at MyH2O

With the click of a mouse, you can take the guesswork out of knowing the flow of your H2O and how much your next water bill is likely to cost you.

Published: 18 Mar 2015

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Council gets a taste of harmony

Mackay Regional Council celebrated Harmony Day by inviting members of the multicultural community to join the Mayor and councillors for morning tea today.

Published: 18 Mar 2015

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Crackdown on motor oil in wheelie bins

Wheelie bins with motor oil in them will not be collected.

Published: 18 Mar 2015

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Dawn beach service to honour Anzac Centenary

A special service will be held on Binnington Esplanade, on Anzac Day to honour the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli.

Published: 18 Mar 2015

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Regional Showcase in Canberra a success

The best of produce our region has to offer has been showcased in the nation's capital at the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Regional Showcase. 

Published: 17 Mar 2015

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Council crews help in Rocky's Cyclone Marcia clean-up

One Mackay council crew carted about 380 loads of tree branches in two weeks when helping Rockhampton counterparts with the Cyclone Marcia clean-up.

Published: 17 Mar 2015

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Stormwater upgrades for Nelson Street

Council will be upgrading stormwater drainage on Nelson Street, between Gordon and Victoria streets from next week.

Published: 16 Mar 2015

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Linemarking in Mackay and Sarina business centres

Council will begin important linemarking works next week in Mackay City Centre and Sarina.

Published: 13 Mar 2015

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Stage three of revitalisation moves ahead

Stage three of the City Centre Revitalisation Project will begin next week about three weeks ahead of schedule.

Published: 13 Mar 2015

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Arts events to boost economy

Mackay's City Centre will be alive with arts and culture next week with a trio of major events taking place.

Published: 13 Mar 2015

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Theft of swing from redeveloped park disappoints

Council is keen to catch the culprits who vandalised and stole a swing from the redeveloped Quota Park in South Mackay.

Published: 13 Mar 2015

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Nursery set to bloom

The Mackay Natural Environment Centre on Swayne Street is blossoming following a $189,000 redevelopment.

Published: 12 Mar 2015

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Council and Surf Life Saving Qld partnership saving lives

A partnership between council and Surf Life Saving Queensland has helped save more than 40 lives in the Mackay region since September.

Published: 11 Mar 2015

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New panel is good business for preferred suppliers

Mackay region businesses on a new panel of preferred suppliers will share in work worth about $10 million over the next two years.

Published: 11 Mar 2015

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Council delivers better roads in cost-effective way

A new Community Attitude Survey clearly shows roads are the number one priority for Mackay residents.

Published: 11 Mar 2015

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Management restructure prepares for future

CEO Barry Omundson has announced a management restructure in a rejuvenated push to establish council as a modern, progressive business to prepare for a challenging future.

Published: 11 Mar 2015

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Top 10 things to do around the region

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Published: 11 Mar 2015

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Leave the school traffic behind

Watch out this Friday as Mackay region students will be getting out of school – out of school traffic that is.

Published: 10 Mar 2015

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Community satisfaction with council on the rise

Mackay Regional Council is lifting its game when it comes to community satisfaction.

Published: 09 Mar 2015

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Australian Government Mobile Service Centre Assistance

The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre is supporting rural communities by providing convenient access to Australian Government payments and services.

Published: 09 Mar 2015

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World famous filmmaker delivers master class

Esteemed American filmmaker and visual artist David Lynch will be live streamed to Artspace Mackay this Saturday as part of a painting and printmaking master class.

Published: 09 Mar 2015

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Sugar Shed toasting national distilled spirits awards success

A secret syrup ingredient has helped Sarina Sugar Shed taste success at national distilled spirits awards.

Published: 05 Mar 2015

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Published: 04 Mar 2015

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Forum tackles challenges of declining sport participation

Participation rates in sport in Australia are on the decline.

Published: 03 Mar 2015

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New media workshops for students and teachers

Artspace Mackay will be holding two exciting new media art workshops this weekend

Published: 02 Mar 2015

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Changes to traffic arrangements in City Centre

There will be changes to traffic arrangements at the Wood and Victoria streets intersection roundabout from today (Monday, March 2) as part of the revitalisation works.

Published: 02 Mar 2015

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Wheel your bin out early

Mackay Regional Council is calling on residents to help improve waste services by putting their bins out by 6am on collection day.

Published: 27 Feb 2015

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Make the switch or be switched off

Time is running out for some Mackay residents and businesses to make the switch to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Published: 27 Feb 2015

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Top 10 things to do this weekend and beyond

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Published: 27 Feb 2015

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Women unite for gender equality

Women's average earnings in Australia are $283.20 less per week than men.

Published: 27 Feb 2015

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Building a key to help revitalise City Centre

Mackay Regional Council has made a strategic investment by buying the former Retravision building in Wood Street and is giving it a facelift to complement the City Centre revitalisation.

Published: 26 Feb 2015

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Key community groups called on to join Community and Client Reference Group

The supply of water and collection of sewerage are two of the biggest services Mackay Regional Council provides.

Published: 26 Feb 2015

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Testimonial dinner to honour former MPs

They may be from opposite sides of politics, but there are plenty of similarities between former long-serving state MPs Tim Mulherin and Ted Malone.

Published: 25 Feb 2015

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Help our southern neighbours 'Fill a Fridge'

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow is encouraging Mackay residents to support the Salvation Army's Fill A Fridge campaign to help our neighbours in cyclone-ravaged areas to the south.

Published: 25 Feb 2015

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New trucks drive community pride

Eleven new general waste and four recycling trucks will hit Mackay region roads next week.

Published: 24 Feb 2015

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101 things to do in Mackay

Mackay featured on Coxy's Big Break special recently, which aired on Channel Seven in Victoria.

Published: 24 Feb 2015

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$5000 academic bursaries on offer

Boasting a monthly turnover of only one per cent, Mackay Regional Council is certainly an employer of choice.

Published: 23 Feb 2015

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Forward-thinking environmentalists wanted

If you have a passion for the natural environment and broad understanding of environmental issues in the local area, council wants to hear from you.

Published: 23 Feb 2015

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Be the first to see council's new-look waste trucks

Impressive artwork has been printed on council's new waste truck fleet and it's a sight worth seeing.

Published: 23 Feb 2015

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Waste collection services will continue as normal today

If your bin is due for collection today please leave it out on the footpath as per usual.

Published: 20 Feb 2015

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Joint marketing campaign promotes '101 things to do in Mackay

Tigerair has teamed up with Mackay Airport, Mackay Regional Council and Mackay Tourism to launch an integrated promotional campaign to help lure Melbournians to the understated jewel in Queensland's crown – Mackay.

Published: 20 Feb 2015

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Festival friends offer exciting events experience

Mackay Festivals is putting the call out for volunteers to join the festival fun.

Published: 19 Feb 2015

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Bursaries help young talent shine

This year's Jack Sturgeon and Rick Wood Hands On bursaries have been awarded to two talented young women.

Published: 19 Feb 2015

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Published: 19 Feb 2015

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Residents are reminded to be prepared

With a tropical low hovering off the Queensland coast, residents are reminded to be prepared.

Published: 18 Feb 2015

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City Centre to celebrate Chinese New Year

Mackay City Centre retailers are preparing to welcome the Year of the Goat with an exciting Chinese New Year celebration at the Victoria Street Markets on Saturday.

Published: 18 Feb 2015

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Recycled water boosting crop numbers & the local economy

Local cane farmers south of Mackay are tapping into council's recycled water and producing bumper crops.

Published: 18 Feb 2015

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Career building opportunity for budding journalists

The Animating Spaces Mackay UP! committee is looking for an enthusiastic newcomer to conduct interviews for their project.

Published: 18 Feb 2015

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Botanic Gardens' future in safe hands

A new advisory board has been formed to shape the look and feel of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens over the next 20 years.

Published: 18 Feb 2015

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Kids Art Club is back

Kids Art Club is back for another year at Artspace Mackay with an exciting program of art activities for children aged 6-12 years.

Published: 17 Feb 2015

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Set sail at Gordon White Library

Something big is coming to Gordon White Library.

Published: 16 Feb 2015

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Have your say on the future of Koumala reserve

Council is seeking feedback from the community on how to best protect and enjoy Landings Road Reserve near Rocky Dam Creek at Koumala.

Published: 16 Feb 2015

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Bushrangers and Christmas eChristmas cards raise funds

Fake bushrangers and an eChristmas card initiative have boosted the coffers of two Mackay charity organisations.

Published: 13 Feb 2015

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Mackay joins campaign to help businesses enter supply chain

Mackay has joined an innovative project aimed at helping regional businesses cash in on resource industry opportunities.

Published: 13 Feb 2015

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Nominate locals kicking goals for their sport

WANTED: North Queensland's top sport stars.

Published: 13 Feb 2015

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Council supporting Agritourism Field Day

The field day, to be held at Freckle Farm at Eton, is one of a series of three Agritourism Field Days being held in the region.

Published: 12 Feb 2015

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Safety troupe ready to clown around

Come one, come all – the Safety Circus is in town!

Published: 12 Feb 2015

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Council Closures

Council advises that our office at 42 Wellington Street will be closed from today until Tuesday, February 17 due to relocating to 38 Wellington Street.

Published: 12 Feb 2015

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Senate Inquiry to put regional capitals under microscope

Australia's regional capitals will soon be put under the microscope, after the Senate announced an Inquiry into growth and economic potential.

Published: 12 Feb 2015

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Love is in the air at the botanic gardens

Avoid the stress of finding somewhere to book dinner for Valentine's Day and enjoy a romantic afternoon picnic instead.

Published: 12 Feb 2015

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Published: 11 Feb 2015

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Rates notices include carbon tax credit

Mackay's half-yearly rates notices, arriving in mail boxes later this week, will include an $18.46 credit for ratepayers

Published: 11 Feb 2015

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Scanlines exhibition debuts at Artspace

Mackay residents will be the first in Australia to see major national survey exhibition Scanlines.

Published: 11 Feb 2015

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City Centre in spotlight for Anywhere Festival

Theatrical performances and comedy walking tours are just some of the weird and wonderful events taking place as part of the Anywhere Festival (March 13-22).

Published: 10 Feb 2015

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Online services outage

All online services including ePathway, eRecruitment and PD Online are offline due to an unplanned outage.

Published: 10 Feb 2015

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Library Lovers competition is heating up

There is less than one week left to enter the Library Lovers competition.

Published: 09 Feb 2015

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How does your garden grow?

Reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill is a high priority for Mackay Regional Council.

Published: 09 Feb 2015

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Brand new boat ramp at Grasstree Beach

Mackay boaties will soon have an upgraded boat ramp and new carpark at Grasstree Beach.

Published: 06 Feb 2015

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Palm cleaning in City Centre

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre tomorrow (Saturday).

Published: 06 Feb 2015

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Dilapidated river wharves to be demolished

The days are numbered for dilapidated wharves in the Pioneer River.

Published: 06 Feb 2015

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Council mows 18 million square metres of grass

If you're struggling to keep your lawn tidy during the wet season spare a thought for council workers who have to mow 18 million square metres of grass.

Published: 06 Feb 2015

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Last chance to see popular exhibition

Danie Mellor's latest exhibition Exotic Lies Sacred Ties has proven hugely popular for Artspace Mackay.

Published: 06 Feb 2015

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Let's talk Tech Talk

Does the mere thought of technology leave you confused and bewildered?

Published: 05 Feb 2015

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Buses to ferry crowds to NRL Trial match

Mackay Residents and business are getting into the football spirit as the town prepares for this weekend's NRL Trial match.

Published: 05 Feb 2015

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#MackayPride video proving popular online

An abundance of Mackay pride is being shared online. The #MackayPride video has topped more than 4000 views on YouTube.

Published: 05 Feb 2015

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Botanic Gardens curator accepts prestigious role in Brisbane

Curator Dale Arvidsson feels like his DNA is firmly embedded in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Published: 05 Feb 2015

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Published: 04 Feb 2015

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Cowboys sign-up for Sports Expo

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys players will join Shane Webcke and a crowd of thousands this Sunday at the Sports Expo and Sign-on Day at the MECC.

Published: 04 Feb 2015

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Asphalt works underway region-wide

Asphalt resurfacing works will soon commence on a number of roads around the Mackay region.

Published: 03 Feb 2015

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Water interruption to North Mackay areas

Council wishes to advise residents and businesses of Andergrove, Beaconsfield, Mt Pleasant and Glenella that the water supply will be interrupted on Saturday, January 31, for about two hours sometime between 10pm and 4am.

Published: 30 Jan 2015

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Façade improvement scheme gives buildings a facelift

City Centre buildings are being given a spruce-up as part of a scheme aimed at encouraging property owners to improve their facades.

Published: 30 Jan 2015

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Library Lovers will be wined and dined

Valentine's Day is traditionally a day when two people share what they love about each other.

Published: 30 Jan 2015

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New water treatment facilities for Seaforth and Midge Point

Gone are the days of manually adding chlorine to remote coastal communities' water supplies.

Published: 29 Jan 2015

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Published: 28 Jan 2015

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Choose a new fitness path

With most residents' New Year's fitness resolutions now well underway, it can be easy to lose motivation if you're running along the same path each day.

Published: 27 Jan 2015

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Australia Day honours for top Mackay citizens

A dedicated medical professional who has saved countless lives as a doctor and through his volunteer role with the rescue helicopter service is Mackay's Citizen of the Year.

Published: 25 Jan 2015

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Driving home message on Bowen Basin Service Link

The Bowen Basin Service Link, formerly known as the Walkerston bypass, needed to be funded and built as a matter of urgency, said Mayor Deirdre Comerford.

Published: 25 Jan 2015

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Amy proud of Mackay and excited to win $1000 prize pack

Mackay's Amy Twaddle, who will help one of her young sons Oliver mark his first birthday tomorrow, has an extra reason to celebrate.

Published: 23 Jan 2015

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Bursary lends hand to local students

Nominations for the Rick Wood Hands On bursary have been extended until Monday, February 2.

Published: 23 Jan 2015

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Published: 22 Jan 2015

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Road closures due to wet weather

Mackay Regional Council advises that as of 8.15am today the following roads have been closed due to heavy rain:

Published: 21 Jan 2015

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Work to begin on fast-tracked major intersection upgrade

A new supermarket development in South Mackay has instigated a major upgrade of the Bridge Road and Paradise Street intersection.

Published: 21 Jan 2015

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Library members left puzzled

Mackay City Library's community puzzle project has been embraced by both young and old over the summer holiday period.

Published: 21 Jan 2015

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Defend yourself against dengue

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday councils have once again joined forces to encourage residents to defend themselves against dengue mosquitoes.

Published: 20 Jan 2015

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Artists get squashed for Anywhere Festival

Local artists, Dougal McLauchlan and Julieanne Bergmann, have been selected to present a new performance at a Mackay squash court as part of the Anywhere Festival.

Published: 19 Jan 2015

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Road closure

Council wishes to advise motorists that Johnston Street, Sarina, will be closed for the next six weeks so crews can replace the water main.

Published: 19 Jan 2015

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Action-packed Australia Day

From horse hay rides to beach touch footy and vegemite eating comps – there's plenty happening this Australia Day.

Published: 19 Jan 2015

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Last chance to apply for prestigious bursaries

There is just over one week left for young artists and performers to apply for the Jack Sturgeon Bursary and the Rick Wood Hands On Bursary.

Published: 16 Jan 2015

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Mackay on track to host historic steam train

An historic steam locomotive is puffing its way to Mackay as part of a tour of the state to celebrate 150 years of Queensland Rail.

Published: 16 Jan 2015

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Final call for City Centre public art applications

Council is reminding artists both locally and interstate that expressions of interest for phases two and three of the City Centre Revitalisation's public art will soon close.

Published: 16 Jan 2015

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Published: 14 Jan 2015

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Beach access and 'Sealegs' boat boost emergency response

Mackay Airport's aviation rescue firefighters have got their "sea legs".

Published: 14 Jan 2015

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Think Smart, Plant Smart with Mackay Regional Council

"Think Smart, Plant Smart, because trees and power lines don't mix".

Published: 12 Jan 2015

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Field of champions for Australia Day awards

Acting Mayor Kevin Casey has praised the community response to the 2015 Australia Day Awards and congratulated residents for nominating their local heroes.

Published: 12 Jan 2015

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Tell us what makes you proud and win!

Sharing your passion for the Mackay region could prove to be a winning move in the #MackayPride Facebook competition.

Published: 09 Jan 2015

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Don’t dump on charity

With many taking the opportunity to indulge in some spring cleaning following the New Year, it is illegal to dump unwanted goods around charity bins.

Published: 09 Jan 2015

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Work begins on milestone year for City Centre

2015 is set to be a milestone year for the region with the completion of the Mackay City Centre Revitalisation Project.

Published: 09 Jan 2015

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Survey to collect experiences of homelessness

The survey will commence in the next few days and is part an established program of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics collected by the ABS.

Published: 08 Jan 2015

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Published: 07 Jan 2015

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Excitement building for Australia Day Awards

Volunteer Debbie Brooker is just one of the unsung local heroes recognised by being nominated for the Mackay Regional Council Australia Day Awards.

Published: 07 Jan 2015

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Water returned to Malcomson Street and surrounding areas

All properties/houses in Malcomson Street and surrounding areas should now have access to water.

Published: 06 Jan 2015

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