Jolly council spreads festive cheer across region

From Sarina Range to Eungella, Bloomsbury to Koumala and everywhere in between, council’s Christmas grants are doling out lashings of festive cheer across the region.

The grants have given our community’s festive celebrations a $10,000 boost, with 14 community groups receiving up to $750 in festive funding.

This year’s grants were spread between Christmas carols, community gatherings and charitable organisations.

Cr Fran Mann said while it was great to be able to support events that involved and united communities, it was also pleasing to see organisations like YIRS One Stop Youth Shop receive funding.

“YIRS are putting on a hot lunch for disadvantaged and disengaged youth who often have no family to celebrate with,” Cr Mann said.

“No one should be alone at this time of year,” she said.

Cr Mann said it was also fantastic to see the Calen Community Christmas Party returning after a lengthy hiatus.

“They are decorating the Calen and District War Memorial Hall, putting on affordable food and drinks and live carols and family tunes,” Cr Mann said.  “Throw in a photo opportunity with Santa and it’ll be a great evening.”

Cr Mann said the grants went to groups, clubs and associations wanting to involve their entire community, not just group members.

“We want to make sure everyone has access to a local Christmas celebration,” she said.

Events supported include:

  • Koumala Progress Association and Koumala State School P&C Association’s Christmas Fair, Koumala Gymkhana Grounds, December 1, from 4pm.
  • Midge Point Progress Association’s family-friendly Christmas celebration, beach foreshore, Nielsen Parade, December 2
  • Finch Hatton Progress Association’s fifth annual Community Christmas Party, Finch Hatton business district, December 5 (TBC)
  • Calen and District War Memorial Hall Association’s Calen Community Christmas Party, 11 McIntyre Street, Calen, December 8, from 5pm to 10pm
  • Rotary Club of Pioneer Valley’s Pioneer Valley Rotary Christmas Fair, Railway Park, Mirani, December 8, 4pm to 9pm
  • The Smith Family’s Christmas party for scholarship students and their family, Smith Family Office, December 9
  • Mackay Community Lutheran Church’s interactive Bethlehem experience for children and families, corner of Wellington and Alfred Streets Mackay, December 9, from 5.30pm to 8pm
  • Eungella Community Development Association’s Christmas Barbecue, Eungella Community Hall (North Street), December 14
  • Bloomsbury Soldiers' Memorial Hall Association’s Community Christmas Party, the Memorial Hall on December 15, 5pm to 9pm
  • The Inter-Church Council of Sarina’s Community Carols Night, Bob Wood Memorial Hall, December 15, from 5pm to 7pm
  • Sarina Range Community Association’s Community Christmas Gathering, Sarina Range CWA Hall, December 15, 4pm to 10pm
  • YIRS One Stop Youth Shop’s Christmas Lunch for disadvantaged and disengaged youth, 72 Victoria Street Mackay, December 19
  • Sarina Surf Lifesaving Club’s Carols by Candlelight at the Beach, Sarina Beach, December 22, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Habana & Districts Progress Association’s Carols Under the Stars, 1091 Mackay-Habana Road, December 22, 7pm to 9.30pm

In addition to all the community events, council is once again supporting the 4MK Carols in the City on Saturday, December 1.

4MK promotions manager Jessica Dawes encouraged residents to bring their own picnic blanket and singing voice to Bluewater Quay for the event.

“The event features many talented community musicians and singers who will ring out festive cheer with popular carols and favourite Christmas songs,” Ms Dawes said.

“The Adani Christmas Markets and Kids Zone will be open to the public from 3pm, with free kid’s activities, plenty of food and Christmas gifts for the whole family,” she said.

“So, make sure to reserve your spot early for a 6:30pm start.”