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Feedback wanted on council services

Residents are being asked to share their opinion on council services and operations.

Published: 24 Apr 2018

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Anzac march gives female veterans pride of place

Women will take the lead this Anzac Day.

Published: 23 Apr 2018

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Registrations pouring in as Games draws near

A massive regional games, featuring 32 sports, will flood our region with athletes in early May.

Published: 20 Apr 2018

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Lifetime experience wins state accolade

A combined council effort taking in 16 different programs has been rewarded with an Excellence in Teamwork going at the Queensland LGMA awards.

Published: 20 Apr 2018

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New storyboards at Bluewater Quay tell historic tales

Two new storyboards at Bluewater Quay commemorate a significant time and place in Mackay’s history.

Published: 20 Apr 2018

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Slade Point community catch-up

The Slade Point community is invited to a community catch-up this Sunday (April 22) to discuss future management of their coastline.

Published: 19 Apr 2018

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New Anzac parade route

There is a new route for the Mackay Anzac Day main parade this year.

Published: 19 Apr 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region..

Published: 18 Apr 2018

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Council donation gives those with disability beach access

Exploring our 31 pristine beaches is a simple pleasure that should be available to everyone in the region.

Published: 17 Apr 2018

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Botanic Gardens administration closure

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens administration building will be closed for refurbishments from today (Monday, April 16).

Published: 16 Apr 2018

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Program promises nocturnal spectacle and shows to suit all

Flanked by giant, glow-in-the-dark bugs, Mayor Greg Williamson today revealed a Festival program packed with a plethora of performances, attractions, food and wine.

Published: 12 Apr 2018

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Artspace acknowledges contribution of master printmaker

Artspace Mackay has something in its collection that no other regional gallery in Australia has – 593 artists’ books.

Published: 12 Apr 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is something on for everyone this week...

Published: 12 Apr 2018

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Palm maintenance under way in City Centre

Council began scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre this morning. (Monday, April 9).

Published: 09 Apr 2018

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Fitness facilities step up to meet demand

The stairs at Blacks Beach are one of the region’s most challenging fitness obstacles.

Published: 09 Apr 2018

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Free bus tour to visit historic homes from the 1918 cyclone

A free bus tour later this month will visit four historic Mackay homes which survived the 1918 cyclone.

Published: 09 Apr 2018

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Illegal dumping decreasing but still a huge cost

Council's illegal dumping campaign is having a positive impact on the community.

Published: 05 Apr 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

Come along to the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens to view the new exhibition plus school activities are in full swing with lots of fun activities.

Published: 04 Apr 2018

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Join the North Queensland Games team

Our region will host the largest multi-sport event in regional Australia, the Mackay City Auto Group NQ Games, next month.

Published: 04 Apr 2018

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Commonwealth Games Legacy Funding

The 2018 Commonwealth Games, which begin on the Gold Coast this week, showcase elite competitors but it is hoped they will also inspire Mackay women to be more active.

Published: 03 Apr 2018

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Council in Community day postponed

A Council In Community day planned for tomorrow (Wednesday, April 4) has been postponed due to the forecast of severe weather.

Published: 03 Apr 2018

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Wet weather has carnival organisers “on the hop”

Organisers of the Mackay City Centre Easter Carnival and 3x3 Basketball have had to “hop” into action early to avoid an Easter Sunday washout.

Published: 29 Mar 2018

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Latest community grant round closing soon

Just under $100,000 is available to not-for-profit groups in the latest round of council’s Community Grants.

Published: 29 Mar 2018

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Wicked performer gets show business bursary boost

A passionate young performer working towards a career in show business received $1000 towards his studies at a council morning tea today.

Published: 28 Mar 2018

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New advisory committee focuses on strategy

Council has made another move in the restructure of its elected member involvement.

Published: 28 Mar 2018

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Council to fund lifeguard patrols at Bucasia Beach

Lifeguard patrols are set to be trialled at Bucasia Beach to provide another safer swimming option for the Northern Beaches.

Published: 28 Mar 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty on for Easter and the first week of school holidays

Published: 28 Mar 2018

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Easter Bunny stashes eggs in Mackay Showgrounds

Council is appealing for young residents with “a sixth sense for finding chocolate” to help clean up Mackay Showgrounds.

Published: 28 Mar 2018

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School holiday activities

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

Published: 27 Mar 2018

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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: 27 Mar 2018

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Seeking community input on proposed new bin law

Concerns council will take people to court if their wheelie bin has been left on the kerbside for too long are unwarranted.

Published: 27 Mar 2018

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Get to know your neighbour

Mackay resident Cara Gjuzi would have been lost without her neighbours in Cyclone Debbie.

Published: 22 Mar 2018

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Mackay now a Refugee Welcome Zone

Mayor Greg Williamson and councillors will put their names to a document declaring our region a Refugee Welcome Zone today (March 21).

Published: 21 Mar 2018

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Using nature to reinvigorate our waterways

Council is getting back to nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

Published: 21 Mar 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty on during the week ahead

Published: 21 Mar 2018

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Feedback to inspire future public art projects

What sort of public art catches your eye?

Published: 21 Mar 2018

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Secure your pets from wild dogs

Wild dog sightings in the Mackay region are expected to increase as mating season begins.

Published: 16 Mar 2018

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Don’t miss out on a trip of a lifetime

At the age of 15, Spirit Price experienced the trip of a lifetime.

Published: 15 Mar 2018

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New ballet draws legend from retirement for premiere

Mackay's future dancing stars will have the chance to audition for a legendary prima ballerina and Companion of the Order of Australia.

Published: 15 Mar 2018

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New local tourism driver features chaos and cults

The supernatural disappearance of millions of people catapults the world into chaos and spawns a cult dictatorship.

Published: 14 Mar 2018

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Temporary quarry to supply Ring Road project

A temporary quarry at Palmyra will supply major construction projects in the region, including the Mackay Ring Road.

Published: 14 Mar 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

Next Tuesday we welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to Mackay, this will be followed with a Community Celebration at Bluewater Quay.

Published: 14 Mar 2018

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Sports Precinct secures international athletics event

The exciting new Mackay Regional Sports Precinct, which is due for completion in February next year, has already secured a major international athletics meet.

Published: 13 Mar 2018

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Water Interruption, Dolphin Heads

Council wishes to advise residents and businesses in Admiral Drive and Beach Road, Dolphin Heads.

Published: 12 Mar 2018

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System Outage

There will be a system outage this Saturday, March 24 from 7am to 6pm. During this time, access to online services will be unavailable.

Published: 09 Mar 2018

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Council CEO lays down gender equality challenge

Council would like to wish the amazing women of our region an empowering International Women's Day!

Published: 08 Mar 2018

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New SES headquarters to host recruitment day

THE Mackay SES has a new $1.5 million headquarters in Ness Street.

Published: 08 Mar 2018

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70-year-old tourism advocate inspires Sarina to get active

An “effervescent, sprightly, inspirational and empowering 70-year-old” was acknowledged with the Mary Malone Perpetual Award last night in Sarina.

Published: 07 Mar 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do this week around the region

Published: 07 Mar 2018

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Girl Guides invite locals to library

The Girl Guide movement, which is over 100 years old, now has more than 250 million members world-wide.

Published: 07 Mar 2018

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Event to score a slam dunk in Mackay

The thrills of three-on-three basketball is coming to Mackay at Easter.

Published: 06 Mar 2018

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Libraries book local author for writing workshops

Mackay Regional Council Libraries have partnered with local author Sharon Johnston to deliver a series of free writing workshops for local writers.

Published: 06 Mar 2018

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Catch up with councillors at the library

Residents can combine a trip to the library with a chance to catch up with councillors this Wednesday (March 7).

Published: 05 Mar 2018

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Fourways project to commence following wet weather

Wet weather has delayed the construction of a right turning lane into the IGA on Bridge Road, which was due to start earlier last month.

Published: 02 Mar 2018

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Mackay has ‘great bones’ to be activated

The public art Fish Bones at Bluewater Quay were a fitting backdrop as world-renowned placemaker Gilbert Rochecouste spoke enthusiastically about Mackay’s potential.

Published: 01 Mar 2018

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Civic Precinct becomes magnet for women

Kick off Queensland Women’s Week (March 3 to 11) by making your Sunday a day to celebrate women.

Published: 01 Mar 2018

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$72,500 approved for local groups

From beekeeping to bellringing, musical theatre to machinery preservation and roller derby to tenpin bowling – some lesser known sports and hobbies received financial boosts today.

Published: 28 Feb 2018

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Sweet name for new skate park

Mackay's premier skate park will be named in honour of the region’s sugar industry.

Published: 28 Feb 2018

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Mackay prepares to host hundreds for State Championships

Softball in the Mackay region is going from strength to strength with an announcement that the 2018 Under 17 Boys’ State Championship will be held here this year.

Published: 28 Feb 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty on during the week ahead

Published: 28 Feb 2018

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New paths improve safety and accessibility

Accessibility around the region is set to improve thanks to the upgrade of three major shared pathways.

Published: 27 Feb 2018

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Chinese New Year street party moved undercover

The Chinese New Year street party planned for the City Centre tomorrow (Saturday, February 24) has been moved to The Dome due to inclement weather.

Published: 23 Feb 2018

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Plan in place for Memorial and Pioneer pools

Operator of Bluewater Lagoon, Global Product Search, has taken over operation of Memorial and Pioneer pools as a temporary arrangement, effective today (Friday, February 23).

Published: 23 Feb 2018

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Council calls for tenders for Eton water supply upgrade project

Council is moving ahead with its plans to improve Eton water.

Published: 23 Feb 2018

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Wanted: inspirational stories about local women

Council will be sharing stories about local women who inspire and amaze us during Queensland Women’s Week.

Published: 22 Feb 2018

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79-year-old water main to be replaced at Showgrounds

A 79-year-old cast iron water main at the Mackay Showgrounds will be replaced as part of the ongoing upgrades under way at the facility.

Published: 22 Feb 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty on during the week ahead..

Published: 21 Feb 2018

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Party in the street for Year of the Dog

This Saturday’s Chinese New Year street party in Mackay will mark the fifth year of the annual celebration in the City Centre.

Published: 21 Feb 2018

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$2.2m skate park ready to rumble before it's even built

A new $2.2 million state-of-the-art skate park in North Mackay has secured its first major titles for the region even before it is built.

Published: 21 Feb 2018

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Sarina Sugar Shed to reap more awards?

Sarina Sugar Shed could reap more gold at the Australian Tourism Awards in Perth this Friday night (February 23).

Published: 21 Feb 2018

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Catch up at Midge Point

Residents living in Midge Point are invited to attend a community catch-up about their coastal area.

Published: 19 Feb 2018

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Art meets engineering as gallery announces new sponsor

Artspace Mackay’s main gallery has the backing of one of the Queensland mining industry’s premier engineering firms.

Published: 16 Feb 2018

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Exhibition offers inspiration for young artists

Mackay's young artists can find inspiration at the Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Primavera at 25 exhibition opening at Artspace Mackay tonight (February 16).

Published: 16 Feb 2018

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Contact centre rings up national award

The Contact Centre team of Northern Australian Services, an innovative partnership of Mackay Regional Council, has been named Best in its Class in Australia.

Published: 16 Feb 2018

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New policy to better plan open space and parks

Council is creating a new policy to ensure a consistent approach to the provision of open space and parks as part of developments across our region.

Published: 16 Feb 2018

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Free conferences to upskill not-for-profits

Council is seeking to upskill community group members on a variety of subjects like leadership, governance, sponsorship and budgeting.

Published: 15 Feb 2018

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Damage to local vegetation causes concern

More than 3000 trees in the region have been vandalised over a five-month period.

Published: 14 Feb 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

It’s a full week of events coming up around the region

Published: 14 Feb 2018

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Spiegeltent lends European luxury to Festival

The 2018 Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts will feature a giant, luxury European Wonderland Spiegeltent.

Published: 13 Feb 2018

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Mackay athletes score big from Commonwealth Games

Our regional athletes will be able to train on a level playing field with the best in the world thanks to an exciting equipment windfall.

Published: 13 Feb 2018

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Mackay set to deliver for Queensland Women’s Country

Golf Queensland and Mackay Regional Council have partnered to hold one of Queensland’s largest golf championships for women.

Published: 12 Feb 2018

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Mackay to host largest regional multi-sport event

About 4000 competitors and officials, as well as thousands of spectators, will converge on Mackay in May for the 2018 Mackay City Auto Group NQ Games.

Published: 12 Feb 2018

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Entries now open for Libris Awards

Artists are being encouraged to submit their unique works for judging in Artspace Mackay’s nationally renowned artists’ book prize, the Libris Awards.

Published: 08 Feb 2018

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Council active on sports development

Council has kicked off a strategy to get residents active by invigorating sports and recreation in our region.

Published: 07 Feb 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is lots to do in the coming week around Mackay.

Published: 07 Feb 2018

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World Cup trophy to take pride of place at Sports Expo

There will be an impressive piece of silverware on show at this weekend’s Sports Expo and Sign-on Day.

Published: 06 Feb 2018

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Playground repairs

Upgrades to the shade structure at the playground at Blacks Beach will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, February 7).

Published: 06 Feb 2018

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Providing a platform for local talent

Mackay's Got Talent has been revamped and is now much more than just a talent quest.

Published: 05 Feb 2018

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New high tech outdoor gym at John Breen Park

Working out has never been easier.

Published: 01 Feb 2018

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IGA customers excited for new lane changes

Access to a popular 24-hour supermarket is about to be improved.

Published: 01 Feb 2018

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Take in the view and catch up with councillors

Residents wanting to catch up with councillors at the first Council in Community day for 2018 can also take in one of the best views in the Mackay region.

Published: 01 Feb 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

The MECC is celebrating 30 years of entertainment, check out the latest wedding trends on Sunday or bring the family to Artspace Mackay for a fun day of art activities.

Published: 31 Jan 2018

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Family-friendly art day takes ‘selfies’ to a new level

Blend a portrait of your face with a family member’s, experiment with soundtracks to express your mood and explore the many ways you can create a self-portrait.

Published: 29 Jan 2018

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Australia Day awards honour tireless volunteers

A Mackay Show stalwart, a teenaged charity event organiser and an advocate for all abilities access are among our 2018 Australia Day award winners.

Published: 25 Jan 2018

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Looking at the female side of family history

Mackay Regional Council Libraries are changing the way we look at family history with a special community research project.

Published: 25 Jan 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty on around the region this week

Published: 24 Jan 2018

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Art assists cyclone recovery

The latest round of RADF grants offers opportunities to support the wellbeing of people who have been affected by Cyclone Debbie.

Published: 24 Jan 2018

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Entertainment Centre goes black-tie for big 30th

The only thing “koi” about the MECC’s 30th Anniversary Gala is the entertainment.

Published: 23 Jan 2018

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$82,000 available in council’s Community Grants

Council's Community Grants are now open for applications from not-for-profit groups.

Published: 23 Jan 2018

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Sarina icon celebrates birthday

An icon of Sarina is turning 30 on Australia Day and residents are invited to help celebrate.

Published: 19 Jan 2018

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Weed control keeps things flowing at popular wetland

Work is scheduled to take place next week to improve water quality at McCreadys Creek South Regional Wetlands.

Published: 19 Jan 2018

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Simple rules for a safe pool

It's been a hot and muggy summer and residents have been flocking anywhere there is water to cool down.

Published: 19 Jan 2018

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Bursary opportunities closing soon

Time is running out to apply for Artspace Mackay Foundation’s “Hands On” Bursary and the MECC’s Jack Sturgeon Performing Arts Bursary.

Published: 18 Jan 2018

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Events funding hitting the mark

Council's Invest Mackay Events Attraction Program has hit some bullseyes already in 2018.

Published: 17 Jan 2018

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Expo in league of its own

Local rugby league legend Renae Kunst, who co-captained the Australia Jillaroos to World Cup glory last year, will be a special guest at next month's Sports Expo and Sign-on Day.

Published: 17 Jan 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

A Community Movie Night in Sarina, explore the exhibition in commemoration of the 1918 cyclone or attend the Australia Day awards with a two-course Australian themed dinner.

Published: 17 Jan 2018

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Life’s a beach at new Australia Day event

What's more Australian than being on the beach on a summer's day in January?

Published: 17 Jan 2018

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Reduce your risk of dengue – keep your backyard clean

Cleaning up around your house is key when it comes to avoiding dengue.

Published: 16 Jan 2018

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1918’s cyclone centenary exhibition launched

It's been 100 years since our town was almost wiped from the map.

Published: 16 Jan 2018

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Crowds flock to Harrup Park for WBBL

Record crowds, outstanding community support and world-class Twenty20 action has seen the Brisbane Heat’s Rebel WBBL trip to Mackay crowned a success.

Published: 15 Jan 2018

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New pathway along Bucasia beach

On behalf of council, JMAC Constructions will be building a new bike and pedestrian pathway along Bucasia Beach between Williams Avenue and Urarii Crescent next month.

Published: 15 Jan 2018

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Norris Road Skate Park

Tenders are open for the construction of the skate park near PCYC, off Norris Road.

Published: 12 Jan 2018

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Rebel Women's Big Bash League hits Mackay

The Brisbane Heat have named an unchanged squad as they continue towards the Rebel Women's Big Bash League finals in an historic double-header in Mackay.

Published: 11 Jan 2018

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Residents asked to limit outdoor water use

Council is asking residents to conserve their outdoor water use for the next seven days.

Published: 11 Jan 2018

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Awards night pays tribute to local heroes

Council received 168 nominations as part of the 2018 Australia Day Awards.

Published: 10 Jan 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do in the week ahead.

Published: 10 Jan 2018

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Opals hit Mackay training court in lead-up to Games

The Australian Opals basketball squad will fine-tune its 2018 Commonwealth Games preparations with a training camp in Mackay.

Published: 08 Jan 2018

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Cyclone survey sparks community interest

More than 1000 entries were received as part of council’s Are You Ready for a Disaster competition.

Published: 04 Jan 2018

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New bike and pedestrian path for Eimeo

On behalf of council, Vassallo Constructions will be building a new shared pathway between Old Eimeo Road, Eimeo Rd and Melanie Street in mid-January, 2018.

Published: 03 Jan 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

Steve Backshall, the star of the hit TV show Deadly 60 is returning to Australia or don't miss "Personality Captured" by Creative Shots Photo Club at the Lagoons Gallery.

Published: 03 Jan 2018

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Last chance to nominate a local hero

Nominations for council’s 2018 Australia Day Awards close this Sunday, January 7.

Published: 03 Jan 2018

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