Events and Conference Attraction

Major events and conferences play a vital role in attracting visitors to Mackay and supporting the region's tourism industry.

Following the success of the $1.8 million Invest Mackay Conference and Events Attraction programs in 2015-16, council has committed a further $1 million to continue the economic stimulus program in 2016-17.

The funding is being used to strategically target major leisure and business events and conferences that can generate the following benefits to our region:

  • raising awareness of the Mackay region, contributing to destination image and appeal
  • attracting overnight visitation and expenditure from outside the region and increase length-of-stay
  • contributing to the regional economy by generating new investment and developing business
  • fostering community pride.

If you have an event or conference that meets the above guidelines and qualifications outlined in the Invest Mackay Conference and Events Attraction Program factsheet, council encourages you to submit a funding application expression of interest form which can then be assessed.

Funding rounds

  • Round One of the 2016-17 Invest Mackay Events and Conference Attraction Program opens on Monday, July 18, closing on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Council’s Economic Development team is available to discuss potential event and conference proposals for the Mackay region – email business@mackay.qld.gov.au or call 1300 MACKAY (622 529) and ask to be directed to Economic Development.

Event and Conference Attraction progress

Council’s Economic Development team in conjunction with the MECC has secured a number of additional events which will be announced over the coming months.

The events listed below are expected to inject millions of dollars into the Mackay economy by attracting thousands of visitors from outside the Mackay region.

Click on the individual event link for further information about the event or conference.

Year

Event

Location

Date

2015

Orchids in Paradise Conference and Show

MECC

Sept 18-22

 

#MackayPride Trans-Tasman Series

Mackay Multi-Purpose Stadium

Sept 23-2

 

Bulls Masters Country Challenge

Harrup Park

Oct 3-5

 

Futures League Cricket Match

Harrup Park

Oct 19-22

 

Sheffield Shield Cricket Match

Harrup Park

Dec 6-9

2016

Australian Veterinary Association QLD Division Conference

Ocean International

March 12-14

 

NAB Challenge Brisbane Lions V St Kilda

Harrup Park

March 6

 

Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT) Conference

MECC

Apr 28-29

 Marian Soil Health Field DaySouths Leagues Club and Marian FarmApril 26-17
 

Indoor Netball Supernationals

Mackay Indoor Sports Centre

Apr 29-May 8

 

Australian Masters Indoor Cricket Nationals

Mackay Indoor Sports Centre

May 22-28

 Greater Whitsunday Farmers MarketWood Street Park, Mackay City CentreEvery Wednesday from June 2016
 Shitbox Car RallyBluewater Quay, Mackay City CentreMay 7
 

NQ Law Association Conference

Clarion and surrounding region

June 3-4

 

Northern Avian Conference

Bob Wood Cultural Hall Sarina

June 11-12

 Bulls Masters V Baggy Blues T20 Cricket Match for BraveheartsHarrup Park and MECCJune 16-17
 Haven Video Game and Pop Culture ExpoMECCJuly 2
 Queensland Country ChampionshipsSarina & District Club IncJuly 2-3
 

Queensland Mining and Engineering and Engineering Exhibition

Mackay Showgrounds

July 26-28

 Bowen Basin Mining Club Contractor AwardsMackay Civic PrecinctJuly 14
 Sugar City ConMackay ShowgroundsAugust 13
 Mechanos Wings and Wheels MackayMackay Aero ClubAugust 14
 One Day Limited Over Quadrangular SeriesHarrup ParkAugust 24-September 4
 Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing FestivalMackay Harbour, Clarion, MECCAugust 25-27
 Grasstree Beach Motorbike RacesGrasstree BeachAugust 28
 

Sarina Beach Coconut Festival

Sarina Beach

September 3

 Mackay’s Bluewater FlingBluewater QuaySeptember 10
 #MackayPride WNBL Spectacular (JCU Townsville Fire V Sydney Uni Flames)The Crater, Mackay BasketballSeptember 17
 

Qld Cricket Indoor Junior State Titles

Mackay Indoor Sports Centre

September 23-25

 SPERA National ConferenceCQUSeptember 28-30
 Queensland State Mountain Bike ChampionshipsMackay and District Mountain Bike ClubOctober 1-2
 

Bulls Masters Country Challenge

Harrup Park

October TBC

 

International Association of Popular Music IASPM-ANZ Conference

Central Queensland University

Dec 7-9

 

Bulls Masters Youth Cup

Harrup Park

Dec 11-15

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