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Winged wonders butterfly display

The scene was set for a show, but they say never to work with children or animals.

Published: 22 May 2019

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Visitors to enjoy a taste of the region’s produce

Plans are on track for a juicy development in the local food and agritourism scene, bringing food loving tourists onto farms across the region.

Published: 22 May 2019

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Stage manager and high-achieving dancer tie for bursary

Kaitlyn Crocker stage managed her first MECC show at just 16 years of age.

Published: 22 May 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 22 May 2019

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Mayor to join Premier on a mission to United States

The last time Mayor Greg Williamson took part in a trade mission to the United States it reaped dividends for our region and council is hopeful an upcoming trip will do the same.

Published: 22 May 2019

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New era for Mackay’s iconic Queens Park after STC Debbie

An $8.86 million legacy upgrade of Mackay’s historic Queens Park is now underway as part of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie recovery efforts.

Published: 21 May 2019

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Hearts flutter with excitement for butterfly sanctuary

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Information Centre is being transformed into a live butterfly sanctuary for a limited time.

Published: 17 May 2019

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Council invests thousands into its wastewater system

Council has invested more than $100,000 into its wastewater system to reduce the risk of future sewage overflows.

Published: 16 May 2019

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Botanic Gardens car park upgrades

The Botanic Gardens’ Lagoon Street car park will be closed for the installation of solar lights on Monday (May 20) and Tuesday (May 21).

Published: 16 May 2019

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Arts market stallholder applications closing soon

Rock Paper Scissors Art and Design Market has some vacancies for local artists, designers, foodies, musicians and craft people.

Published: 16 May 2019

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Mackay uses 1700 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water

Mackay residents have been guzzling their H2O.

Published: 15 May 2019

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Ghostly presence felt at historic homestead

The iconic Greenmount Homestead has more than 20,000 historical items - and maybe one ghost.

Published: 15 May 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Come along to the Jayco Italian Street party and experience the celebrations as Mackay transforms into an authentic ‘Little Italy’, Zach Mach Adventure Challenge is back for a fun, action packed day in the Pioneer Valley and Djuki Mala is live at the MECC with a vibrant celebration of ingenuity and energy.

Published: 15 May 2019

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Hundreds of boss drovers at gallery

Roadtrains have largely made boss drovers a thing of the past but 2400 of these seasoned stockmen and women are immortalised in a new exhibition at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 15 May 2019

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Artist talk a real gem

Have you ever wondered what makes a contemporary jeweller tick?

Published: 13 May 2019

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Sod turned at Northern Beaches park

Construction is set to begin on stages one and two of the Camilleri Street District Park Masterplan in the next few weeks.

Published: 13 May 2019

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Gardens car park closed for line marking

The Botanic Gardens’ Lagoon Street car park will be closed on Tuesday, May 14, from 5.30am to noon.

Published: 10 May 2019

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A sign of the times

Two large digital screens to keep the community up to date have been unveiled.

Published: 09 May 2019

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Flood surveys aim to improve disaster preparedness

The floods associated with Cyclone Debbie were some of the most devastating on record.

Published: 09 May 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 08 May 2019

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Bikers to descend on Sarina thanks to grant

BMX in our region is set to ramp up thanks to a pair of Community Grants announced today.

Published: 08 May 2019

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Council meeting live stream

The next ordinary meeting  (Wednesday, May 22) will be live streamed from 10am today.

Published: 08 May 2019

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Council goes yellow for road safety

About 1200 people die and around 35,000 are injured on Australian roads each year.

Published: 03 May 2019

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New plant improves Eton’s water supply

The next time you’re in Eton, try the town’s water supply.

Published: 01 May 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Revisit the tradition of cinema under the stars watching Mrs Doubtfire on the lawns of the Mackay Base Hospital, come along to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a laugh and join the legendary Irish folk music duo Foster & Allen live at the MECC.

Published: 01 May 2019

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May set to be a month of action against DFV

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is still the number one callout for general duty police cars in our region.

Published: 01 May 2019

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Festival fever to bring tourists to #MackayinJuly

Published: 30 Apr 2019

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Mackay residents encouraged to Try the 5

The mayor and councillors have officially launched council’s get-active campaign for May today at the Mackay ARC.

Published: 29 Apr 2019

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Catch up with councillors at Marian hotel

Residents are invited to catch up with councillors in Marian this Wednesday (May 1) afternoon.

Published: 29 Apr 2019

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Lights installed on Milton Street

Traffic lights are being installed at the intersection of Milton Street and East Boundary Road.

Published: 26 Apr 2019

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Improved food safety is the goal of new campaign

Council is launching a new program to improve local dining experiences.

Published: 26 Apr 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 24 Apr 2019

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Have a ball with Alfie Langer and Jimmy Maher

Imagine a backyard barbecue with 15 mates, sporting larrikins Alfie (Allan) Langer and Jimmy Maher and the beer they’ll bring with them.

Published: 23 Apr 2019

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Walking city blocks a step in the right direction

Council is encouraging residents to step up, step out and use foot-power on their lunch breaks or while running errands around the City Centre.

Published: 18 Apr 2019

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Anzac Day services around the region

Veterans and students taking part in the Mackay Anzac Day main parade march are being asked to park at Caneland Central this year.

Published: 18 Apr 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Drop in to Artspace tomorrow for your last chance to build a cardboard creation, join local artists and performers for creative activities and live musical entertainment at BMA Kidspace and choose one of 25 Anzac Day services being held across the region next week.

Published: 17 Apr 2019

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Council pools scheduled for upgrades and maintenance

There will be staggered closures of several council aquatic facilities over the cooler months for scheduled maintenance.

Published: 17 Apr 2019

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Bella signs with the Gold Coast SUNS

The Gold Coast SUNS have confirmed that SUNS Academy graduate, Mackay product Lauren Bella, has signed with the club ahead of its inaugural AFLW season.

Published: 16 Apr 2019

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Big plans for Northern Beaches park

Council will begin work on stages one and two of the Camilleri Street District Park Masterplan in late May.

Published: 15 Apr 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Chill out at the River Street Twilight Market this Friday, on Saturday come along to the Kids’ Day at the MECC for a family filled epic day or ‘come and try’ the brand new Mackay ARC for a fun day of activities and entertainment.

Published: 10 Apr 2019

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Sugar Shed shows true spirit

Coming up against the country’s best spirits, Sarina Sugar Shed has brought home more “sweet” accolades for the Mackay region.

Published: 05 Apr 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Come along to the Unlimited Choices event this Friday, April 5 in  Sarina to celebrate Youth Week, Charley Pride, one of the biggest selling country music artists of all time, is performing at the MECC this weekend and gain skills for life at the Easter Intensive holiday swim program at the Mackay ARC next week.

Published: 04 Apr 2019

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Safety improved at Victoria Street intersections

Council is working to improve safety at two intersections on Victoria Street.

Published: 04 Apr 2019

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Youth Week event promises bucking bull and colour blast

A mechanical bull, live DJ, climbing wall, jumping castle and colour blast will combine to make the ultimate Youth Week event.

Published: 04 Apr 2019

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Easter school holiday activities

There is plenty to do over the Easter school holidays… Bring your friends and family to Artspace for lots of fun making cardboard creations to add to the Artspace cardboard community, hop into your local library to create some Easter crafts and buckle up and take the whole family on a fun-filled Kids’ Day at the MECC, plus much more!

Published: 04 Apr 2019

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Easter closures

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

Published: 04 Apr 2019

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Mackay Regional Council’s commercialisation success with MiWater

Mackay Regional Council has just signed a multi-million-dollar commercialisation deal with Australian technology company Taggle Systems.

Published: 03 Apr 2019

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Green waste dumping spikes

Council has noticed an increase in green waste being carelessly dumped around the region.

Published: 02 Apr 2019

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Mayor raises a cuppa for the cause as giant mug arrives in Mackay

A giant Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea mug that has been travelling around the state to encourage people to pop on the kettle for the cause has arrived in Mackay and landed on Mayor Greg Williamson’s desk.

Published: 01 Apr 2019

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Artist puts the tape on for exciting YP event

Buff Diss uses masking tape to create epic geometric street art installations while also staying on the right side of the law.

Published: 01 Apr 2019

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Councillors out and about in Mackay City

Mackay councillors will visit some City Centre businesses this Wednesday (April 3) afternoon during their monthly Council in Community Day.

Published: 01 Apr 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty of things to do around the region this week… Some fantastic live shows at the MECC, Neighbour Day is on at your local library and bring the kids along to Playgroup and Smarty’s Fit Food Fun at the Botanic Gardens.

Published: 27 Mar 2019

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RADF grants make a splash in community

Council has splashed out with a grant towards a large illuminated whale sculpture for Lamberts Beach.

Published: 27 Mar 2019

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Community not consulted on proposed local government reforms

Council is alarmed residents haven’t been consulted on proposed state-wide local government changes, including compulsory preferential voting for elections.

Published: 27 Mar 2019

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Cyclone Debbie anniversary

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 28) will mark two years since Cyclone Debbie wreaked havoc on our region.

Published: 27 Mar 2019

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Cardboard engineers invited to craft art city

A giant, sprawling cardboard colony will grow within the walls of Artspace Mackay.

Published: 21 Mar 2019

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Botanic Gardens car park upgrades

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is completing upgrades to its Lagoon Street car park.

Published: 21 Mar 2019

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Positive point of view as Mackay receives $1.38m lookout upgrade

The North Mackay Rotary Lookout will soon become a “must-see” attraction for the city after the revitalisation project secured funding through Round 4 of the State Government’s successful Building our Regions (BoR) program.

Published: 20 Mar 2019

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Grants to help community stand against domestic violence

A grant of up to $3000 goes a long way when you are hosting a community event for a good cause.

Published: 20 Mar 2019

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Revealed: Top 25 breeds of pooches in our region

Mackay staffy owners are sure to prick their ears at this news - your pooches are the most popular dog breed in the region.

Published: 20 Mar 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Celebrate Harmony Day this Thursday (March 21) by bringing a plate of food to share with members of the community, join world-renowned artists, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan for one of three 'build a house from card' workshops and witness The Sapphires bring their raw energy, fun and emotion with one of Australia’s best-loved stories to the MECC stage.

Published: 20 Mar 2019

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Footpath and traffic disruptions in Milton Street

There will be some disruptions to footpath and road traffic in a section of Milton Street, starting this Sunday (March 17).

Published: 15 Mar 2019

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Grants fund significant community events and regional upgrades

Community groups in the Mackay region received a $93,850 boost thanks to the latest round of council’s Community Grants.

Published: 13 Mar 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Learn how to get your business on Facebook at the Basics of Facebook workshop, Teddy Bear’s Picnic is on this Friday at the Botanic Gardens or take the kids along to Artspace Mackay on Tuesday for BMA Kidspace day of creative activities.

Published: 13 Mar 2019

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Funds to help kids impacted by domestic and family violence

A crucial Mackay women’s support and counselling service currently works with an average of 150 children a year impacted by domestic and family violence.

Published: 12 Mar 2019

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Outages planned for council’s website

Council's eRecruitment will be unavailable from noon, Wednesday, March 13 to 4pm, Sunday March 17 as part of a planned system-wide outage.

Published: 12 Mar 2019

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Council to live stream meeting for first time

There will be new meaning to lights, cameras, action at this week’s council meeting when live streaming begins.

Published: 11 Mar 2019

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Explore the region’s parks and playgrounds

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is encouraging locals to enjoy the great outdoors as part of Parks Week.

Published: 11 Mar 2019

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Kick-start your career with council’s academic bursary

Calling all university students: Here is your chance to gain valuable work experience and financial assistance to help kick-start your career.

Published: 11 Mar 2019

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Ramping up facilities for Mackay boaties

Those who love to get out on the water in the Mackay region are set to benefit from a boost to boat ramp facilities of $1.35million under Round Three of the Morrison Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Published: 08 Mar 2019

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Seniors Expo sites filling fast

Registrations have just opened and the exhibitor list for the Mackay Seniors Expo is filling fast.

Published: 08 Mar 2019

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Investigations begin for Sarina CBD revitalisation

A drone survey of Sarina has been scheduled for March 15 and 16.

Published: 08 Mar 2019

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A day for the whole family at the ARC opening

Mayor Greg Williamson has challenged Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack to a running race rematch.

Published: 07 Mar 2019

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Platypus Beach closed for bridge maintenance

Platypus Beach will be closed on weekdays from March 25 to April 12.

Published: 06 Mar 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Celebrate International Women’s Day at the All About Women Satellite simulcast live in the MECC meeting rooms and the Zonta Mackay International Women’s Day Fundraiser luncheon. The region’s sparkling new Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex) is due to throw its gates open to the public this Saturday, March 9.

Published: 06 Mar 2019

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Councillors active for community day

Mackay councillors will be on the move this Wednesday (March 6) travelling to areas ranging from Rowallan Park to the Northern Beaches.

Published: 04 Mar 2019

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Weekend work starts at Lamberts Beach

Work is progressing at Lamberts Beach and weekend work will start from tomorrow (March 2).

Published: 01 Mar 2019

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Free art projects to help build community resilience

If you live in Midge Point, Koumala and Eton, you have the chance to create some amazing art work and get to know your neighbours.

Published: 28 Feb 2019

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Local events celebrate women

To celebrate the amazing women in our region, council has thrown its support behind a suite of local Queensland Women’s Week events.

Published: 28 Feb 2019

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Lights installed at busy intersection

Traffic lights are being installed at a busy intersection on Bridge Road.

Published: 28 Feb 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region this week...

There is plenty of things to do around the region this week… Don’t miss out on getting yourself some football tickets when both the NRL and AFL head to Mackay and if you are North Queensland Cowboys fan, there is a meet and greet on Thursday evening at Mackay Toyota.

Published: 27 Feb 2019

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Surfing wave pool idea floated for Mackay region

Council is dipping its toe into the water to test if there is any commercial interest in developing a surfing wave pool in the Mackay region.

Published: 27 Feb 2019

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Outages planned for council’s website

Council's eRecruitment will be unavailable from noon, Wednesday, February 27 to 4pm, Sunday March 3 as part of a planned system-wide outage.

Published: 27 Feb 2019

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Mackay ARC grand opening day announced

The region’s sparkling new Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex) is about to throw its gates open to the public.

Published: 27 Feb 2019

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Grasstree Beach boat ramp to receive $900,000 makeover

Boaties hooked on Zelma Bay are set to reel in the benefits of a $900,000 boat ramp upgrade by the Queensland Government.

Published: 26 Feb 2019

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Rising fashion designer awarded bursary

From Mirani State High School to working at high-end fashion label ELLERY, this year’s “Hands On” Bursary recipient is already making his mark in the fashion industry.

Published: 25 Feb 2019

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Botanic Gardens car park upgrades

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is completing upgrades to its car park.

Published: 21 Feb 2019

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Palm cleaning in City Centre

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre tomorrow, Thursday, February 21.

Published: 20 Feb 2019

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Have your say and help us name facilities

Here's your chance to have a say on names for the new aquatic and athletics facilities at the Mackay ARC.

Published: 20 Feb 2019

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Your guide to our new Mackay ARC

The buzz around the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex (ARC) is building faster than Cathy Freeman could run the 400m dash.

Published: 20 Feb 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Celebrate the beauty of every woman as ‘role models’ walk the Real Body Runway at The Just Saying Project, don’t miss exclusive deals at the 2019 Helloworld Travel Expo on Saturday and for the first time in Australia, the hit musical production, Nashville Live, takes you through the history of country music live at the MECC.

Published: 20 Feb 2019

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Forged by Forbes and friendship

They are known as the Forbes Group – 11 local female artists linked through a friendship forged in the drawing classes of Clem Forbes.

Published: 19 Feb 2019

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Greenmount extends opening times

Greenmount Homestead usually shuts its doors to visitors just after noon (12.30pm), but that changed this week.

Published: 15 Feb 2019

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Helicopter spreading reduces mosquito numbers

The recent rain has resulted in high mosquito larvae numbers.

Published: 14 Feb 2019

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Fees and charges announced for Mackay ARC

Fees and charges have been set for the soon-to-be-opened Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex (ARC) community facility at Ooralea.

Published: 13 Feb 2019

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Mountain biking on track for big things

Mountain biking is tipped to reach new heights in the Mackay region.

Published: 13 Feb 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region this week...

#Top10thingstodo There is plenty of things to do around the region this week…

Published: 13 Feb 2019

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Trees to be removed at Queens Park

Council arborists will begin tree removals at Queens Park this week, weather permitting.

Published: 13 Feb 2019

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Sun to shine at Sports Expo

Despite the wet weather, the sun will shine at the Sports Expo and Sign-on Day this weekend with two Gold Coast Suns players confirmed as special guests.

Published: 08 Feb 2019

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New footpath in Sarina improves safety

A new footpath is being constructed in Sarina, along Hoey and East streets.

Published: 08 Feb 2019

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System outage this weekend

Council would like to advise that there will be system outage from 6am Saturday, February 9 to 7am Sunday, February 10.

Published: 07 Feb 2019

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Celebrate the Year of the Pig in the Mackay City Centre

Happy Chinese New Year!

Published: 07 Feb 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week. Come along to Jenn J McLeod’s author visit telling the story of how she is fulfilling her lifelong ambition to write and the 2019 Sports Expo & Sign-on Day is here this Sunday for locals to get involved with a sport, club or recreational pursuit

Published: 06 Feb 2019

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JLT Community Series tickets on sale

Tickets to the 2019 JLT Community Series, including a blockbuster in Mackay, are officially on sale.

Published: 05 Feb 2019

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Councillors out and about in community

Mackay councillors have hit the ground running in 2019 when it comes to visiting all parts of the region.

Published: 04 Feb 2019

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Memorial and Pioneer pools open earlier

Early bird swimmers are now able to complete their morning laps half-an-hour earlier at Memorial and Pioneer pools.

Published: 01 Feb 2019

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Anglers pledge to protect NFZ

Mackay recreational fishers are kicking off the barramundi open season with a pledge to protect their Net Free Zone (NFZ).

Published: 30 Jan 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

This Sunday check out Mackay's longest running bridal fair with everything for a couple's journey from engagement to wedding to honeymoon and beyond and escape the rain this weekend and explore three fantastic exhibitions on show at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 30 Jan 2019

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Generous voice behind microphone is Citizen of the Year

Mackay’s 2019 Citizen of the Year Meecham Philpott is best known as the booming voice behind a microphone, either on radio or at sporting and community events.

Published: 25 Jan 2019

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Gold Coast SUNS launch NQ membership

The Gold Coast SUNS today launched its membership category built specifically for footy fans in North Queensland.

Published: 25 Jan 2019

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Practise pool safety this Australia Day

With Australia Day fast approaching, council is reminding residents to practise pool safety.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week, this Friday night join us to celebrate and recognise our local heroes at the Australia Day Awards Gala Dinner, come along to one of 10 council supported Australia Day events across the region and check out your local library for the last week of school holiday activities.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Top 10 free Australia Day events in Mackay region

When the proactive Slade Point Neighbourhood Watch Community Group started planning an Australia Day event, Lamberts Beach was the logical choice for a venue.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Tireless volunteers receive accolades

Tireless volunteers who helped during the recent bushfire crisis in our region are among nominations for this year’s Mackay Regional Council Australia Day Awards.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Golden guest to join awards party

Mackay will have a golden ambassador helping the region celebrate Australia Day.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Sign on at sports expo

Players from Mackay’s National Premier League (NPL) football (soccer team) Magpies Crusaders United will have plenty to chat with fans about at a popular sports expo next month.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Restoration to tackle erosion issues at Lamberts Beach

Major beach restoration at Lamberts Beach is scheduled to start next week.

Published: 21 Jan 2019

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Give a shout out to Sarina’s unsung wonder women

Every year, in the first week of March, Sarina goes all out to celebrate everyday women who do exceptional things.

Published: 21 Jan 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region this week...

Don’t miss the last week of Movie Matinees, Curious Creature Creations, Re-Purposed Pot Planters at Mackay Regional Council Libraries to keep the kids entertained as the school holidays start to come to an end.

Published: 16 Jan 2019

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$70,000 funding pool open now to local creatives

Creative residents have the opportunity to tap into a $70,000 funding pool if they act before Wednesday, February 13.

Published: 16 Jan 2019

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Time running out to apply for $4000 arts bursary

Applications for Artspace Mackay Foundation’s $4000 Hands On Bursary close this coming Monday (January 21).

Published: 14 Jan 2019

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Dengue prevention starts at home

Residents are being encouraged to clean up around their homes to help prevent the spread of dengue.

Published: 14 Jan 2019

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New bikeway improves access to Bluewater Trail

Council will start work on a new bikeway linking Ron Camm Bridge to Bluewater Trail early next month.

Published: 11 Jan 2019

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Drop in for hands-on school holiday fun at Artspace

Children are being encouraged to embrace their creative side these school holidays with free, hands-on, drop-in activities at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 09 Jan 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week, Mackay City Centre’s Active Kids in the City program has something fun for everyone during these school holidays, children aged five to 12 years old are invited come along to any craft session at the local library to create some curious creatures and the Botanic Gardens are calling all artists aged 10-17 years old to create a canvas art that reflects the theme “Nature” for a chance to be showcased in the February Lagoons Gallery art exhibition and to be in the draw to win a $50 voucher.

Published: 09 Jan 2019

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Bursary opens doors for budding entertainers

Performing arts in Mackay owe much to the late Jack Sturgeon.

Published: 08 Jan 2019

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$86,000 available to boost community groups

If your community group has a big idea, exciting project or drawcard event, then council might be able to chip in up to $10,000.

Published: 08 Jan 2019

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There is plenty to do around the region this week...

Published: 02 Jan 2019

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Practice food safety this Christmas

No one wants to be “driving the porcelain bus”, “calling for Ralph” or having a “technicoloured yawn” this Christmas.

Published: 20 Dec 2018

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Adopt a pet for Christmas

Council is asking residents that are planning to add a four-legged friend to their family over the festive season, to consider adoption instead.

Published: 20 Dec 2018

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New Year’s Eve River Party will be a “Hoot”!

Combine some famous owl pals with four experienced rockers and a rising 18-year-old local songstress and you have a New Year’s Eve party to suit everyone.

Published: 18 Dec 2018

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Register.Find.Reunite. launched to reunite families and friends

Red Cross has opened Register.Find.Reunite. and is urging people affected by SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE OWEN WEATHER SYSTEM to get in touch with their families and friends.

Published: 14 Dec 2018

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Tree to be removed at Marian

A large Cassia tree at Marian is being removed for safety reasons.

Published: 14 Dec 2018

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Young ambassadors wanted for Japanese sister city tour

Council is seeking motivated young people to represent our region in our Japanese sister city, Matsuura.

Published: 07 Dec 2018

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