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Adult Learners Week

Ready to Shine Brighter?

Published: 17 Aug 2018

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Familiar moments capture Mackay's social fabric

Clara Adolphs’ visit to our community in 2017 led to the creation of an exhibition of paintings that captures the social fabric of a developing Mackay.

Published: 17 Aug 2018

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Discover the treasures of Book Week

Book Week is a truly magical time of the year when children in our region get to become their literary heroes.

Published: 16 Aug 2018

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Seniors Expo reaches out to regional seniors

Next week’s 2018 Mackay Seniors Expo is expected to surpass last year’s event, which attracted 3000 information-hungry seniors to the Big Shed in the Mackay Showgrounds.

Published: 16 Aug 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

There are plenty of things to do around the region this coming week… Join in the fun and learn to compost at councils free workshop this Saturday, world-famous musical - The Phantom of the Opera is at the MECC or bring the family and get creative at BMA Kidspace next Tuesday.

Published: 15 Aug 2018

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Seniors Expo focuses on accessibility

The Mackay Seniors Expo on August 21 is an information hub for seniors, boasting more than 70 exhibitors.

Published: 15 Aug 2018

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SEGRA in spotlight

Mackay will host some major conferences over the next couple of months, including one of the nation’s largest economic development gatherings.

Published: 15 Aug 2018

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Sweet’ gig to be won

Sugar City Sounds at BB Print Stadium Mackay next month will be a memorable concert for the region and an extra special night for one local music act.

Published: 15 Aug 2018

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What we found in our recycling bins

The results of our recycling bins audit are in and the clear majority of Mackay residents can give themselves a pat on the back.

Published: 15 Aug 2018

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Mackay says no to domestic and family violence

A new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander domestic and family violence service will be established in Mackay.

Published: 14 Aug 2018

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Festival winds up with huge numbers and one lucky winner

More than 50,500 people attended this year’s Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts, including one lucky winner of a new Mazda 2 Neo.

Published: 14 Aug 2018

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Foodspace offers a ‘Parma for a Farmer’

One dollar from every chicken parmigiana sold at Foodspace this month will go towards buying hay bales for drought-stricken farms.

Published: 13 Aug 2018

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Repairs scheduled for Lamberts Beach

More than 49,000 cubic metres of sand will be imported into Lamberts Beach.

Published: 13 Aug 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 08 Aug 2018

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What’s your pH number?

Students with a keen interest in chemistry should visit our libraries

Published: 08 Aug 2018

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Where to park at Mechanos

If you’re heading to Mechanos Wings and Wheels this Saturday please be aware that detours are in place.

Published: 07 Aug 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

Keep the kids creative with Artspace Mackay’s Kids Art Club, Graeme Connors is in concert at the MECC for a fantastic two-hour show or come along and view “Mackay in Focus… Our Journey” a new photographic exhibition at the Botanic Gardens Café.

Published: 01 Aug 2018

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Up to $10,000 available to community groups

Community and not-for-profit groups can apply for up to $10,000 from a $84,000 council funding pool.

Published: 01 Aug 2018

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Discover your convict connections at libraries

Library staff at Gordon White and Dudley Denny Libraries may look a little raggedy this Thursday (August 2), but it’s not because of budget cuts.

Published: 31 Jul 2018

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Councillors heading to beach for community catch-up

Councillors will be heading to the beach to catch up with residents in the northern part of our region at a Council in Community day tomorrow (Wednesday, August 1).

Published: 31 Jul 2018

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Hyper-real works in Artspace just a little longer

Brisbane artist John Honeywill paints objects that are everyday, normal and even household in nature – yet his works are far from dull.

Published: 27 Jul 2018

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Students dig deep on Schools Tree Day

Volunteers will plant 2000 trees and plants this weekend as part of Planet Ark’s National Tree Day.

Published: 27 Jul 2018

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Workshops teach you how to cut your waste in half

Mackay residents can learn how to cut their waste in half by recycling food scraps.

Published: 26 Jul 2018

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Rehabilitation works scheduled for Midge Point

Council has developed an action plan to restore Midge Point to pre-cyclone Debbie condition.

Published: 26 Jul 2018

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Nepal volunteer among council’s Academic Bursary recipients

An aspiring engineer who has just returned from volunteering in Nepal is among five university students awarded 2018 Mackay Regional Council Academic Bursaries.

Published: 25 Jul 2018

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Make your own lantern to explore DBCT Illuminate

Families are invited to come to DBCT Illuminate at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens before dark to make their own free souvenir neon lantern.

Published: 25 Jul 2018

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Seniors Expo offering buses for regional seniors

Seniors in Sarina and the Pioneer Valley will be able to catch a free bus to this year’s Seniors Expo.

Published: 25 Jul 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do across the region this week

Published: 25 Jul 2018

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Giant glow-in-the-dark lanterns draw ‘giant bugs’

Like moths to a flame, giant glow-in-the-dark lanterns have drawn “giant bugs” to the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens this week.

Published: 24 Jul 2018

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Dress up your pet for Pet Rego Day

Treat your pet to a morning adventure to meet some new friends while you update their registration details.

Published: 24 Jul 2018

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Step into the weekend at Blacks Beach

The popular fitness stairs at Blacks Beach have been upgraded just in time for the weekend.

Published: 20 Jul 2018

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Festival finale offers lively mid-life crisis at picturesque venue

An abduction by swing-era-obsessed aliens is the catalyst for a hilarious show that follows one man’s quest to learn to swing dance by the time he’s 51.

Published: 19 Jul 2018

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Strong budget to boost confidence and community pride

A strong budget centred on the fundamentals of boosting confidence and pride in our region is how Mayor Greg Williamson describes the $323 million Mackay Regional Council Budget, adopted today.

Published: 18 Jul 2018

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Capital injection drives economic prosperity

A massive capital works program will improve essential services, enhance liveability and drive economic growth in the region.

Published: 18 Jul 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts kicks-off with a spectacular program including the ever so popular G&S Engineering Food and Wine Day on Saturday, Council Precinct Lawn is hosting Rouge - a blend of sensational acrobatics or bring the family along for a lantern making workshop on Sunday.

Published: 18 Jul 2018

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Expo returns to the Big Shed

The first Mackay Seniors Expo to be held at the Mackay Showgrounds' Big Shed last year received rave reviews from its distinguished demographic.

Published: 18 Jul 2018

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Treat your 'best friends' to day out

Treat your puppy to a morning adventure to meet some new friends while you update their registration details.

Published: 18 Jul 2018

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Mackay's zaniest pet names

A cat named Winfield Blue and a dog named Dagwood, that's just the tip of the creativity iceberg for Mackay pet owners.

Published: 18 Jul 2018

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Just because it’s reusable doesn’t mean it’s recyclable

Council's Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) has been inundated with reusable shopping bags following the State Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags.

Published: 18 Jul 2018

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Water interruption, Dolphin Heads

Council wishes to advise residents and businesses on Beach Road, Dolphin Heads, that your water supply will be interrupted tomorrow (Tuesday, July 17) from 6am.

Published: 16 Jul 2018

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Heat commit to regional Queensland

The WBBL Brisbane Heat will have greater visibility than ever with the release today of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League fixtures for 2018-19.

Published: 16 Jul 2018

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Mackay’s biggest free music event boasts rocking line-up

Casey Barnes is at the forefront of a country-rock revolution that is bringing upbeat, high-energy country to mainstream audiences.

Published: 12 Jul 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week

Published: 11 Jul 2018

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Water Interruptions for Brisbane and Carlyle Streets

Council will finalise the installation of a new water main along Alfred Street between Brisbane and Carlyle streets this week.

Published: 09 Jul 2018

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‘Roll On’ September as three big names hit town

Three huge Australian acts are converging on Mackay for one night only.

Published: 06 Jul 2018

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Community urged to embrace NAIDOC Week

A community barbecue breakfast will kick off an action-packed week of council NAIDOC celebrations.

Published: 06 Jul 2018

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Put your artwork on display

Applications are now open for Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens’ 2019 exhibition calendar.

Published: 05 Jul 2018

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History will come alive at Mechanos 2018

History will come alive at Mechanos 2018 as Paul Bennet Airshows brings some of the world’s most influential and iconic aircraft to Mackay.

Published: 05 Jul 2018

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Silver screen classics take a ‘hook turn’ for Jazz Brunch

She's danced alongside Hugh Jackman, performed and starred in musicals for more than a decade and now fronts an orchestra with Victoria’s most accomplished musicians.

Published: 05 Jul 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

Be mesmerized at the Circus Wonderland in the Civic Precinct, drop-in anytime to Artspace Mackay for their Coastal Treasures school holiday activities and celebrate NAIDOC Week with a range of activities.

Published: 04 Jul 2018

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Camilleris Road upgrades to reduce flooding

Council will upgrade two causeways on Camilleris Road from July 9, weather permitting.

Published: 03 Jul 2018

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New footpath built on Willetts Road

Council is constructing a new shared footpath to improve community connectivity along the western side of Willetts Road.

Published: 03 Jul 2018

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Pop into library to catch up with councillors

Mackay's Northern Suburbs is the focus of a Council in Community day tomorrow (Wednesday, July 4).

Published: 03 Jul 2018

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Volunteers needed for National Tree Day

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens will be the site of this year’s National Tree Day in our region.

Published: 02 Jul 2018

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Construction starts at Casey Avenue

Getting to and from weekend sport is set to be easier than ever.

Published: 02 Jul 2018

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New information centre to entice visitors to the region

From Sunday, visitors travelling north will be greeted in the region by the new, state-of-the-art Mackay Region Visitor Information Centre.

Published: 29 Jun 2018

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Mackay scores U17 national cricket championships

The best under 17 male cricket players in Australia will converge on Mackay in October for national championships.

Published: 29 Jun 2018

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Make your glow-in-the-dark mark on a Festival event

Thousands of people flocked to last year’s DBCT Illuminate at the Botanic Gardens and council’s Festivals team wants you to be part of this year’s light and lantern spectacular.

Published: 28 Jun 2018

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School holiday activities

There is plenty to do during the July school holidays

Published: 28 Jun 2018

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Councils combine for waste study tour

The Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors will seize an opportunity to learn from world’s best practice when it comes to waste management.

Published: 28 Jun 2018

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Postcards worth thousands to talented artists

The Artspace Mackay Foundation wants talented artists to send them a postcard.

Published: 28 Jun 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

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

Published: 27 Jun 2018

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New playground upgrades unveiled in Mirani

Mirani’s playground has received a facelift.

Published: 26 Jun 2018

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Mackay makes shortlist for the new Qantas Group Pilot Academy

The Qantas Group has today released a shortlist of the nine regional cities in the running to be home to the new Qantas Group Pilot Academy and Mackay as among them.

Published: 22 Jun 2018

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Hyundai A-League club roars into town for pre-season clash

Mackay's National Premier Leagues Queensland (NPL) team Magpies Crusaders United will line up against Hyundai A-League opposition when Brisbane Roar FC visit early next month.

Published: 22 Jun 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

Celtic Illusion is a magical and awe-inspiring Irish Dance show on at the MECC or chill out and warm up at Winter Warmers live music session on Tuesday.

Published: 20 Jun 2018

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Fishing to improve at Kinchant Dam

Council is calling for volunteers to participate in a working bee next month for Kinchant Dam.

Published: 20 Jun 2018

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Strong survey results help guide council services

More than 70 per cent of residents are satisfied with how council is going about its business.

Published: 20 Jun 2018

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Libraries leading a 3D printing revolution

Innovators, creators, inventors, fixers and designers now have a cheap and easy way to create parts, test prototypes and tinker with designs.

Published: 20 Jun 2018

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Civic Precinct’s Wonderland transformation begins

A velvet-draped and wood-furnished Wonderland Spiegeltent featuring vintage stained-glass windows will appear in Mackay in July.

Published: 19 Jun 2018

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Original music to heat up the Civic Precinct

Nothing warms you up like great music, delicious food and piping hot coffee!

Published: 19 Jun 2018

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‘Smartest’ display at the Show

Council's display at the 2018 Mackay Show will look “smarter” than ever.

Published: 18 Jun 2018

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Clean-up at Far Beach

Pull up your sleeves and help us clean up our beaches this weekend.

Published: 15 Jun 2018

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Community events and projects boosted with grants

Community festivals and events gained a financial boost at today’s ordinary meeting of council.

Published: 13 Jun 2018

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Eton water to be improved

Eton residents will soon see improvements to their water supply.

Published: 13 Jun 2018

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2018-19 fees and charges linked to CPI

A majority of council fees and charges have increased by two per cent for the 2018-19 financial year.

Published: 13 Jun 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do during the week ahead. From the Ten Tenors and BMA Kidspace to the Mackay show, there is something for everyone.

Published: 13 Jun 2018

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Artists’ books getting out and about

Artspace Mackay’s extensive collection of almost 600 artists’ books don’t get out much.

Published: 12 Jun 2018

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Mackay submits bid for Qantas Pilot Training Academy

The Queensland Government has lodged Mackay’s formal bid to be the preferred Australian regional city to host the $20 million Qantas Group Pilot Training Academy.

Published: 11 Jun 2018

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Register now and save!

Residents are being encouraged to register their pets early to save on pet registration.

Published: 11 Jun 2018

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Fire engine restored and shining bright for Queensland Day

Sarina’s original fire engine will be unveiled this Sunday at 11.40am after an extensive restoration.

Published: 08 Jun 2018

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Little McCreadys Creek cyclone repairs

Council will be carrying out repair work to Little McCreadys Creek from next week.

Published: 08 Jun 2018

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Inspection program begins for drainage study in Sarina

Council is undertaking a drainage study of the Sarina township.

Published: 08 Jun 2018

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Fishing pier to be rebuilt

The fishing pier which used to be the end of the old Hospital Bridge will be rebuilt this year.

Published: 08 Jun 2018

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Blacks Beach Road closed for upgrades

There will be detours along Blacks Beach Road next week as council carries out important upgrade work.

Published: 07 Jun 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

Celebrate QLD Day at the River Street Twilight Market on Friday night, or on Sunday check out the Sarina Queensland Day Festival and Volunteer Expo.

Published: 06 Jun 2018

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Libraries take the lead in tech training

Learning to send an email, navigate a keyboard and use software can be incredibly daunting, especially later in life.

Published: 05 Jun 2018

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Mackay to celebrate Queensland Day all week

Queensland Day in Mackay will morph into a week-long celebration.

Published: 05 Jun 2018

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Expo fires up volunteer organisations

For the Habana Rural Fire Brigade, the annual Mackay Volunteer Expo is a way to gain vital community exposure and hopefully add fresh blood to their ranks.

Published: 05 Jun 2018

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Students learn Reduce, Reuse, Recycle message

Tomorrow is United Nations World Environment Day and the message of “Beat Plastic Pollution” is one Mackay students are keen to learn about.

Published: 04 Jun 2018

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Seniors Expo sites filling fast

Applications have just opened and the exhibitor list for the Mackay Seniors Expo is already almost half full.

Published: 04 Jun 2018

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Catch up with councillors in the park

Catching up with councillors will be a piece of cake this week.

Published: 04 Jun 2018

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Funding to help Cyclone Debbie recovery tops $31 million

An extra $13 million tipped in by the State Government means government funding received by council to help with Cyclone Debbie recovery has topped $31 million.

Published: 01 Jun 2018

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Lifetime dedicated to history honoured

Mackay woman Berenice Wright’s name is synonymous with the history of the Mackay region.

Published: 01 Jun 2018

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Get active campaign gets its second wind

Council's new Try the 5, get-active campaign is now in its final week, with entries closing soon.

Published: 01 Jun 2018

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US delegation to boost region’s economy

A visit to the United States by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor has the potential to lure a multi-million dollar biopharmaceutical industry to the Mackay region.

Published: 30 May 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

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

Published: 30 May 2018

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Thriving Libraries planning next five years

Each year Mackay Regional Council Libraries welcome over 500,000 clients, 300,000 website visitors and have 30,000 residents take part in events and programs.

Published: 30 May 2018

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Water interruption Ball Bay

Council will be upgrading the water main that supplies the reservoir in Ball Bay on Thursday, May 31, 2018

Published: 29 May 2018

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Family fun at the Botanic Gardens Open Day

Enjoy more green time, and less screen time at the Botanic Gardens Open Day this Saturday (June 2).

Published: 29 May 2018

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Artist book awards explores fairness, identity and legacy

More than one million ancient Aboriginal rock carvings exist at Murujuga (Burrup Peninsula) and many depict the now extinct thylacine.

Published: 28 May 2018

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Access improved at region’s bus stops

Work is on track to make the region’s bus stops more accessible.

Published: 28 May 2018

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New water main for Alfred Street

A new water main and water service line will be constructed on Alfred Street, between Brisbane and Carlyle streets, to improve the water network and reliability of water supply.

Published: 25 May 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

Try The 5 is personal fitness week, why not try a yoga class or boot camp training or come and enjoy a fantastic family day at the Greenmount Heritage Fair this Sunday.

Published: 23 May 2018

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Insurance costs at a premium

Flood modelling work undertaken by the council isn't just useful for its new Storm Smart Strategy.

Published: 23 May 2018

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What climate change will mean for Mackay by 2050

Climate change is a real threat to coastal communities like Mackay.

Published: 23 May 2018

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Party time at Greenmount

Sun hats, lace, string instruments, parasols – this year’s Greenmount Heritage Fair on Sunday, May 27, will host a sophisticated garden party overlooking tranquil meadows.

Published: 23 May 2018

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Mackay primed for waterfront development boost

Mackay is set to undergo a job-creating and lifestyle-boosting revitalisation.

Published: 22 May 2018

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Orchid House closed on Thursday

The Orchid House will be closed on Thursday, May 24, from 2pm to 3pm.

Published: 23 May 2018

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MECC team hops into action to replace ‘fowl’ theft

It was a brazen crime that left a small but glaring void in the Civic Precinct.

Published: 22 May 2018

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Commonwealth games goodies arrive by the truckload

The Mackay Regional Sporting Precinct was bustling this morning as two truckloads of equipment used at the Commonwealth Games was delivered to our region.

Published: 21 May 2018

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eRecruitment outage

There will be a system outage this Wednesday, May 23 to Sunday, May 27. During this time, access to eRecruitmant will be unavailable.

Published: 21 May 2018

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Disability no longer a barrier for lovers of art and food

Artspace Mackay and its adjoining café, Foodspace, have embraced a challenge from a local deaf and blind accessibility campaigner.

Published: 18 May 2018

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Fresh produce keeps Golinski coming back

Mackay's fantastic fresh local produce keeps celebrity chef Matt Golinski coming back for more.

Published: 18 May 2018

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Help celebrate our libraries

Did you know next week is dedicated to raising the profile of the amazing people who run our libraries?

Published: 17 May 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty on around the region during the week ahead

Published: 16 May 2018

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Gas bottle causes fire at recycling facility

Council is reminding residents to not put gas bottles in their recycling bins.

Published: 15 May 2018

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Best practice farming trial has positive result

An innovative stormwater quality management project has saved a local farmer $35,000 over two years.

Published: 14 May 2018

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Keep tabs at myh2o

Council is reminding property owners, businesses and rental tenants they can keep tabs on their water use at council’s free myh2o website (myh2o.qld.gov.au).

Published: 11 May 2018

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Volunteer Expo calling for EOIs from exhibitors

AFTER a successful maiden year in 2017, the Mackay Volunteer Expo is back and scheduled for June 10.

Published: 11 May 2018

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Drop us a line and register for working bee

Council is carrying out some fishy business at Kinchant Dam.

Published: 11 May 2018

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New library catalogue shows montage of resources

We all love a good montage, and thanks to one, searching our libraries just became a lot more user-friendly.

Published: 10 May 2018

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Devices help breathe life into the Gooseponds

The fish in Mackay’s Gooseponds will be able to breathe a little easier thanks to the help of some innovative new equipment.

Published: 10 May 2018

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Community Grants boost accessibility

Community groups received a boost to the tune of $91,700 at today’s ordinary meeting of council.

Published: 09 May 2018

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Solar project to save council and ratepayers millions

Council expects to save ratepayers nearly $17 million in electricity costs over the next two decades after awarding a solar installation tender today.

Published: 09 May 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region…

Get active with council’s #trythe5 campaign, chill out at Tai Chi in the Mackay City Centre or get creative with your kids at Artspace Mackay’s BMA Kidspace.

Published: 09 May 2018

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Reservoir undergoes state-of-the-art makeover

The Mount Pleasant No. 1 Reservoir is being refilled ready for use after undergoing a $2.3 million state-of-the-art refurbishment, securing its services for another 50 years.

Published: 04 May 2018

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Apply now for Academic Bursaries

CQ University Mackay student Adam Tippett admits $5000 is handy but feels work experience gained is the most valuable part of council’s Academic Bursaries.

Published: 03 May 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty happening around the region this week

Published: 02 May 2018

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Opening Ceremony promises pride, pomp and pizazz

A concert band will play, athletes will march, flags will be raised, flaming torches will be carried and a cauldron lit.

Published: 01 May 2018

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Three chances to catch up with councillors in Pioneer Valley

A monthly Council in Community visit to the Pioneer Valley this week will include three chances for residents to catch up with councillors.

Published: 30 Apr 2018

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Events that’ll get your tail wagging

Council has created a special week to celebrate a national wagyu beef conference coming to Mackay.

Published: 27 Apr 2018

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Mackay residents encouraged to get moving

Residents in the Mackay region are being encouraged to get off the couch in May with a new campaign called Try the 5.

Published: 26 Apr 2018

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Memorial Pool reopens early

There is some refreshing news for lap swimmers today, with council announcing Memorial Pool will reopen ahead of schedule.

Published: 26 Apr 2018

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Mackay residents encouraged to get moving

Residents in the Mackay region are being encouraged to get off the couch in May with a new campaign called Try the 5.

Published: 26 Apr 2018

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is a plenty to do around the region this week…

Published: 26 Apr 2018

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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 gong 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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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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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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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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