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Fox trapping program under way

Council will begin a region-wide fox trapping project tomorrow (September 27), which will cover areas from Calen to West Hill.

Published: 26 Sep 2022

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Council thanks clean-up volunteers  

Four sets of stairs, car tyres, six shopping trolleys and a mouthguard were just some of the unusual items collected as part of Clean Up, The Mackay Region.

Published: 23 Sep 2022

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Get creative with new funding grants

Do you have an exciting creative idea and need a little bit of financial assistance to take it to the next stage?

Published: 21 Sep 2022

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Hundreds of orchids on display at Queens Park

The Ken Burgess Orchid House will be transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour next Saturday (October 1) as part of the Mackay Orchid Extravaganza.

Published: 21 Sep 2022

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Make your mark at Brewers Park

Mackay Regional Council is seeking to establish a development group to improve the facilities at Brewers Park.

Published: 19 Sep 2022

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Bluewater Lagoon opening delayed

Council has had to make the tough decision to postpone the opening of Bluewater Lagoon until next Thursday (September 22).

Published: 16 Sep 2022

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Mentoring program sets Pioneer Valley business on the right path

Things are buzzing in the Pioneer Valley, especially for local business CannonBee.

Published: 14 Sep 2022

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Council calls for tenders for waterfront gem

Mackay Regional Council is seeking proposals for a key waterfront commercial tenancy at Bluewater Quay.

Published: 13 Sep 2022

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Beat the boredom these school holidays

Keep the kids entertained these September school holidays with a heap of fun and engaging activities across council facilities.

Published: 12 Sep 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s plenty to do around Mackay this week with a new wellbeing exercise program for parents of young children, the reopening of the Bluewater Lagoon and exciting new events coming to Mackay involving putt-putt golf for young and old and fairy tale characters performing on ice.

Published: 12 Sep 2022

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Largest Rock Paper Scissors market to date

This Sunday (September 11), 46 stallholders and food vendors will turn the Civic Precinct into a wonderland of artisan delights and hand-crafted creations.

Published: 08 Sep 2022

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Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trailhead design released

The final design for the Finch Hatton Trailhead has been unveiled and it is packed with features you would expect from a world-class trail network.

Published: 07 Sep 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Get exclusive access to the Melbourne Writers Festival via a library membership, join the National Threatened Species Day guided walk at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens or marvel at the ancient creatures from land and sea at Erth’s Prehistoric World Tour at the MECC. Check out the full list of things to do around Mackay this week!

Published: 05 Sep 2022

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Pixar Putt set to take Mackay to infinity and beyond this September

Australia’s much-loved pop-up mini-golf phenomenon, Pixar Putt, will arrive in Mackay in time for the school holidays when it opens at council’s Civic Lawn on Gordon Street next to Artspace Mackay and the MECC from September 16 through to October 9, 2022.

Published: 05 Sep 2022

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Council saves residents bucket loads

Using innovative techniques and their world-class expertise, Mackay Regional Council’s Water Treatment team has saved ratepayers about $1 million in capital replacement costs.

Published: 02 Sep 2022

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Major Walkerston parkland to receive exciting upgrades

Alsatia Park in Walkerston is set to undergo exciting upgrades this financial year, with a detailed concept plan released today.

Published: 02 Sep 2022

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Memorial Swim Centre reopens next week

Memorial Swim Centre will reopen to the public on Monday, September 5.

Published: 01 Sep 2022

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Child protection the theme of action-packed fun day

Keep the kids busy while supporting a good cause!

Published: 01 Sep 2022

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Lyre Bird Press history told in new Artspace exhibition

When Mackay opened its regional gallery in 2002, artist and master printer Tate Adams AM made a donation that helped establish the gallery as the artists’ book powerhouse it is today.

Published: 31 Aug 2022

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Bluewater Lagoon to reopen mid-September

Council is looking forward to welcoming residents back to the Bluewater Lagoon on Saturday, September 17.

Published: 30 Aug 2022

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Glitz, glamour and razzle dazzle is coming to Mackay when local theatre company, Mackay Musical Comedy Players, presents ‘Chicago’ on Friday and Saturday. Be the first to see Artspace Mackay’s newest exhibitions or register to ride in aid of a good cause with the River 2 Reef Ride Festival. There’s plenty to do around the Mackay region this week!

Published: 29 Aug 2022

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Upgrade works at intersection of Shakespeare and Sydney streets

Council will be carrying out upgrade works at the intersection of Shakespeare and Sydney streets this Sunday night (August 28).

Published: 25 Aug 2022

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Two signs and 53 new trees to be installed at vandalism sites

Environmental vandals have caused considerable damage to environmentally significant Melaleuca trees along the Shoal Point foreshore.

Published: 24 Aug 2022

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Some of Australia’s most legendary musicians are performing in Mackay this week, including Amy Shark at the MECC on Thursday, followed by a superb line-up of artists at Legends on the Lawn this weekend. The biggest event on the social calendar for under 5s is being held at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on Thursday – dress up and enjoy the free activities for families!

Published: 23 Aug 2022

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Rural View roundabout reopens to motorists

Residents will now be able to access Northern Beaches Central and Reed Street via the roundabout from Rosewood Drive.

Published: 19 Aug 2022

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Botanic Gardens to come alive with cute characters

Nothing dials up the cuteness quite like a Book Week event, and the Picnic in the Gardens is a standout.

Published: 17 Aug 2022

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Clubs Connect now available to community groups

Community groups and not-for-profits now have access to an online resource that has been embraced by more than 100 local sporting clubs.

Published: 16 Aug 2022

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Volunteers gather to take out the trash

More than 640 kilograms of rubbish, including tyres, car parts, roof guttering and general rubbish, has been collected along one of Mackay’s waterways.

Published: 16 Aug 2022

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Rate notices arriving soon

Residents are advised that rate notices will start appearing in letterboxes and inboxes from next week.

Published: 15 Aug 2022

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With plenty of library events, an artist’s talk and a ‘hackathon’ for entrepreneurs, there’s sure to be something for everyone in the region this week. Don’t miss the free program of STEAM inspired entertainment at the Unearthed event at the MECC this weekend!

Published: 15 Aug 2022

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Construction at Seaforth Esplanade starting soon

Council has awarded local contractor Vassallo Constructions the tender to complete the highly anticipated upgrades to Seaforth Esplanade.

Published: 10 Aug 2022

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If you’re coming off a Festival of Arts high, you can be reassured that there’s still some great events on offer throughout the Mackay region this week. The Disability Expo is back bigger and better than last year, Artspace Mackay is hosting multiple art workshops and talks and the Native Plant Program open days are on again for another chance to grab some native plants. Check out what else is on this week across our region.

Published: 08 Aug 2022

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Join in the biggest community clean-up

How will you step up to clean up?

Published: 05 Aug 2022

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Mackay Disability Expo moves to the Big Shed

The Mackay Disability Expo, coming up on Friday, August 12, has almost doubled in size since the inaugural expo in 2021.

Published: 02 Aug 2022

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Mackay will be party central this weekend as the BE Social Fest returns bigger and better at Harrup Park and the kids will not want to miss immersing themselves in a Roald Dahl experience at the MECC during the week. If looking for something a little more low-key, there are plenty of activities on offer across our libraries and exhibitions on display at our galleries, even catering for those seeking some mother/daughter time together.

Published: 01 Aug 2022

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Beam scooters’ first month has been a wild ride

Mackay residents are on board when it comes to the new Beam e-scooters.

Published: 01 Aug 2022

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Council introduces new marine flare disposal service

Boat owners in Mackay and surrounding areas will be able to dispose of their expired marine flares as part of a new service operated by council.

Published: 29 Jul 2022

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Mackay's newest boat ramp open

The official opening of the new Slade Point public recreational boat ramp was marked today with launching of the first vessel.

Published: 28 Jul 2022

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The sky is the limit for Gold Coast Suns partnership


AFL fans can look forward to cheering on their favourite teams in Mackay for another four years.

Published: 27 Jul 2022

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Local contractor awarded Pioneer Valley tender

Local contractor Pentacon Pty Ltd was awarded the contract for the replacement of three stormwater culvert structures in the Pioneer Valley at today’s (July 27) ordinary council meeting.

Published: 27 Jul 2022

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Vandals damage East Point fencing

Vandals have damaged more than 500 metres of fencing along the East Point access detour forcing council to close the track until further notice.

Published: 25 Jul 2022

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The core program of the Festival of Arts winds up this weekend with the live cabaret show BARE but there’s still plenty of great fringe events to come in August. Grab the kids to explore some of the latest exhibitions at Artspace or the Lagoons Gallery and join in a community tree planting event to celebrate National Tree Day.

Published: 25 Jul 2022

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The Just Saying Project Bares it all for Festival finale

It's a show about sex, taboos, female pleasure, speaking out and the sharing of women’s stories.

Published: 21 Jul 2022

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Have your say on the future of Sarina Beach

Residents are being invited to help shape the future of Sarina Beach!

Published: 21 Jul 2022

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Delays expected with Mobile Library rollout

Mackay Regional Council Libraries’ new Mobile Library will not be hitting the road as soon as first expected.

Published: 20 Jul 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

The Wisely Wine & Food Day may be over but there’s still more to go for Mackay Festival of Arts, including some great fringe events. If you’re after something a little quieter, head along to one of the libraries or Artspace Mackay for a look at what’s happening this week.

Published: 18 Jul 2022

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Feel the beat in Mackay’s City Heart

It will be a night of delights when the City Centre comes alive for its first City Heart Fridays event.

Published: 18 Jul 2022

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Free parking extended until end of July

The development of council’s Mackay Parking app has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Published: 15 Jul 2022

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National Tree Day volunteers needed

The beautiful Woodlands Reserve in Andergrove will be the focus of this year’s National Tree Day in Mackay.

Published: 15 Jul 2022

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Vegetation vandals target Hay Point foreshore

Five trees have been poisoned at Hay Point.

Published: 13 Jul 2022

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East Point vehicle access maintained

Vehicle access to East Point will be maintained even though a section of the existing track will close for environmental and safety reasons.

Published: 13 Jul 2022

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Everything you need to know for Wisely Wine & Food Day

More than 30 food vendors have registered to cater for what is shaping up to be a massive Wisely Wine and Food Day.

Published: 12 Jul 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s excitement building around one of the biggest events of the Mackay social calendar, the Wisely Wine & Food Day. The event will showcase hand-picked wines, beer and foodie delights plus an array of great performances. Be sure to check out other exciting Mackay Festival of Arts events on this week.

Published: 11 Jul 2022

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City Centre palm tree maintenance

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the Mackay City Centre next week.

Published: 08 Jul 2022

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BARE to move to the MECC

Wonderland Entertainment and Leisure have announced that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Wonderland Spiegeltent has had to cancel its Mackay tour.

Published: 07 Jul 2022

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NAIDOC Family Day moves to Jubilee Park

Council have worked with the Mackay NAIDOC committee to move the popular NAIDOC Family Fun Day from Queens Park to Jubilee Park tomorrow (Friday, July 8).

Published: 07 Jul 2022

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Cyberpunk circus showdown headed to MECC

Barbaroi was awarded the Best Circus and Physical Theatre Show of the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2021.

Published: 06 Jul 2022

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Coastal living highlighted through arts projects

A new beachside music festival, the Keswick Island Artwork Trail and a photographic exhibition featuring water sport culture have all received a funding boost.

Published: 05 Jul 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

A mix of school holiday activities and the Mackay Festival of Arts program is giving people of all ages the chance to enjoy art, music, food and culture this week. Bring the family along to Festival Hub, travel the region and discover the Wonder Rooms and have a laugh with mates at Read the Room.

Published: 04 Jul 2022

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Art for the ears comes to Mackay’s regional gallery

Artspace Mackay is usually a quiet place to study works of art, but that will change with the opening of a new exhibition tonight (Friday, July 1).

Published: 01 Jul 2022

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A new way to pay for parking

Council  is launching a new Mackay-branded parking app this month.

Published: 01 Jul 2022

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Daly Bay Illuminate – here’s what you need to know

Giant inflatable gumnuts, fields of light, a fairy garden and neon dogs will join a forest of locally made glow-in-the-dark creations tonight (Thursday, June 30) at Daly Bay Illuminate.

Published: 30 Jun 2022

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New program to build young people’s power in local government

A new partnership between Mackay Regional Council and the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) is bringing a pilot program to the region that will revolutionise how young people are included in local government.

Published: 29 Jun 2022

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Reckless recycling a cause for concern

Council is urging residents to “Think before they throw it!”, as incorrect recycling practices are causing havoc at council’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

Published: 28 Jun 2022

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The Ambassador Hotel becomes a stage for Mackay's Festival of Arts

One of Mackay’s most beloved heritage-listed buildings, The Ambassador Hotel, will become a stage for Mackay Festival of Arts performance, Read the Room this July.

Published: 28 Jun 2022

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The complete list of school holiday activities

Entertain the kids with everything from free art classes to music lessons, live entertainment and dinosaur activities, as Mackay Regional Council facilities offer a jam-packed program these school holidays.

Published: 27 Jun 2022

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Reef inspired brews headed to the Quay

Ballistic Beer Co are heading to the Bluewater Quay for a special Mackay Festival of Arts event.

Published: 23 Jun 2022

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Upgrade works at Sydney and Alfred streets roundabout

Council will be carrying out work that will improve safety at the Sydney and Alfred streets roundabout from this Sunday (June 26).

Published: 23 Jun 2022

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Council delivers a strong budget for our region

Council's new $302 million budget will ensure the Mackay region remains on track to become the best region for liveability and livelihood.

Published: 22 Jun 2022

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$104 million capital works program for 2022-2023

Three signature projects are some of the focal areas of a $104 million capital works program budgeted for 2022-2023.

Published: 22 Jun 2022

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Change of operating hours for two library branches

Gordon White Library and Dudley Denny City Library will temporarily reduce their operating hours over the next four weeks due to staff shortages.

Published: 21 Jun 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Keep the kids busy with art, music and creativity at Artspace Mackay this week, take a free guided walk through the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, or enjoy the awe-inspiring sounds of tenor Paul Ettore Tabone with Morning Melodies at the MECC.

Published: 20 Jun 2022

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Airport traffic advised of weekend detour for Milton Street

Motorists and airport users are advised that this weekend from 6pm, Friday (June 17) to 6pm, Sunday (June 19) the intersection of Milton and Archibald streets will be closed.

Published: 14 Jun 2022

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Show season has arrived with three days of entertainment at the Mackay Showgrounds from Tuesday. There’s also some great performances at the MECC this week, a cocktail masterclass at the Sarina Sugar Shed and your last chance to catch the 2022 Libris Awards exhibition at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 13 Jun 2022

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Tenders being sought for Seaforth Esplanade

Council is currently seeking tenders for the construction of a new recreation hub on Seaforth’s esplanade.

Published: 13 Jun 2022

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Wisely Wine and Food Day headliner announced

There's no need to “run to paradise” because Queens Park will be as close as you can get on Saturday, July 16.

Published: 10 Jun 2022

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Mayor’s Charity Ball smashes records

Mackay ball-goers really know how to boogie and raise money for good causes at the same time.

Published: 08 Jun 2022

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Study to put the spotlight on the future of our coastline

Council is taking action to better understand and prepare for the effects that climate change will have on our coastline.

Published: 08 Jun 2022

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Beam to commence operations in Mackay

Global micromobility company Beam will commence shared micromobility operations in Mackay on June 7, 2022, with up to 300 e-scooters introduced across the city.

Published: 07 Jun 2022

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It’s set to be another full week of entertainment in our region heading into the show season, kicking off with the iconic one-day show in the Pioneer Valley on Sunday, followed by the Mackay Show next week. ACCA DACCA performs live the MECC and get set for the return of the popular Mackay Beach Horse Races.

Published: 06 Jun 2022

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Woodlands District Park playground to be fast-tracked

A new inclusive all-abilities playground is set to be built as part of the first stage of Woodlands District Park between Beaconsfield and Andergrove.

Published: 06 Jun 2022

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Celebrating the power of running with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation in Mackay

Over 100 runners from twenty communities across Australia will meet on Yuwi Country in Mackay this weekend to take part in the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) National Runners and Walkers (RAW) Fun Run Championships.

Published: 03 Jun 2022

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Community invited to be part of latest Daly Bay Illuminate iteration

Glow-in-the-dark botanicals, bugs and butterflies will take centre stage for Daly Bay Illuminate 2022.

Published: 03 Jun 2022

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Mirani Community Precinct detailed design complete

Plans for a redeveloped Mirani Community Precinct have reached another milestone with detailed design complete.

Published: 02 Jun 2022

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Council CEO resigns to focus on cancer battle

CEO Michael Thomson has resigned to focus on his cancer battle and in the “best interests of council” and his family.

Published: 31 May 2022

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Children at the forefront of local Domestic Violence campaign

A series of progressive and powerful billboards will be in the spotlight from today (May 30) to raise awareness and draw attention to the impact domestic violence (DV) has on children.

Published: 30 May 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Start your week with Party in the Park – a great opportunity for families with children under five to connect and have fun! Join Artspace Mackay as they take a closer look at printmaking techniques, meet local authors at the Gordon White Library and there’s a huge week of entertainment with Xavier Rudd, the Pink Floyd tribute band and David Strassman performing at the MECC.

Published: 30 May 2022

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Keep toilet flushes to a minimum this Saturday

Major repairs to a section of damaged sewer main on Paradise Street will go ahead this Saturday, June 4.

Published: 30 May 2022

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Pet registration notices hitting mailboxes soon

Residents can expect to receive their pet registration renewal letters in the mail shortly.

Published: 30 May 2022

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Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors supports JCU bid for medical expansion

Greater Whitsunday councils have thrown their combined weight behind a James Cook University bid to expand their medical school program outside of Townsville.

Published: 30 May 2022

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Olympic talent scouts to visit our region

Are you the Mackay region’s next Olympian?

Published: 26 May 2022

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Libraries seeking teams of digital builders and gamers

Do you have what it takes to bend a digital world to your will and build something worthy of taking out the Queensland Minecraft Cup?

Published: 23 May 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s a great range of exciting events on this week across the region! Speak to the artists of a new exhibition at the Lagoons Gallery, see the Queensland Symphony Orchestra live, attend a candle lighting ceremony in Sarina for domestic violence, grab some native plants at a bargain price or enjoy a Party in the Park with your little ones.

Published: 23 May 2022

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Party in the Park guarantees family fun

Alpacas, lambs, goats and plenty of other “party animals” are headed to council’s second Party in the Park event on the Civic Precinct lawns.

Published: 23 May 2022

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Man-made creations wanted to promote health message

Council is inviting expressions of interest from men’s groups to showcase works, craft and creations in next month’s Men’s Health Week Exhibition.

Published: 20 May 2022

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Benches to be a permanent reminder of serious community issue

The installation of a shopping centre bench wouldn’t normally involve the centre manager and a regional mayor, but this isn’t any ordinary bench – it’s a red bench.

Published: 19 May 2022

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Rain forces delay to major sewer main repairs

Unprecedented rainfall last week has forced council to delay the major repairs to the section of damaged sewer main located on Paradise Street.

Published: 17 May 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Take the family along to see Shrek The Musical at the MECC or enjoy an art, music, writing or photography workshop. Whatever your interests, there’s a creative outlet for everyone across the region this week.

Published: 16 May 2022

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Foundation receives grant to boost support for cancer patients

The Trudy Crowley Foundation Cancer Support Centre has been supporting more than 80 families impacted by cancer with a single donated iPad.

Published: 13 May 2022

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Tenders sought for Bluewater Lagoon repairs

Council is currently seeking tenders to carry out resurfacing works to all three pools at the Bluewater Lagoon.

Published: 13 May 2022

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Australian native animals mix with fairies in Foundation Gallery

Artspace Mackay is currently exhibiting a curatorial project that is the first major exhibition of work by a famous Australian fairy tale illustrator in decades.

Published: 13 May 2022

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Mackay Festival of Arts breaks all the records

The biggest Festival of Arts program ever released dropped today and offers a glimpse into an amazing array of arts, entertainment and gastronomy.

Published: 10 May 2022

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‘Wheely’ good fun on its way to Mackay

Council has today endorsed a 12-month trial for an exciting alternative mode of transport to be accessible for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Published: 11 May 2022

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Myh2o can help save water and money

Have you been watching the flow of your h2o?

Published: 10 May 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

The Mackay Mayor’s Charity Ball 2022 will bring a touch of Saturday night fever to the MECC this weekend. Take a closer look at the winning works of the 2022 Libris Awards or discover what a volunteer role can bring to your life at the annual Mackay Volunteer Expo at the Showgrounds.

Published: 09 May 2022

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Residents asked to reduce water use during repairs to sewer main

Council needs your help to ensure sewage is not leaked into our environment during one of its largest coordinated repair jobs to date.

Published: 06 May 2022

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Rural residents encouraged to stay alert for wild dogs

Residents are advised that wild dogs may be on the move as breeding season has commenced.

Published: 05 May 2022

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Volunteer Expo back better than ever

From firefighting and emergency service roles to organising library books and walking the beach looking for turtle tracks – there’s a role to suit everyone at the Mackay Volunteer Expo.

Published: 04 May 2022

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There is a huge line up of events this week with national tours of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow and tribute band, Queen Bohemian Rhapsody, performing at The MECC. The Sydney Roosters and Gold Coast Titans will go head-to-head at BB Print Stadium and don’t forget to treat mum for Mother’s Day with a special buffet breakfast and morning out at the Botanic Gardens Café and Lagoons Gallery.

Published: 03 May 2022

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Finch Hatton and Eungella gearing up for mountain bike trails

Council is gearing up to help Finch Hatton and Eungella capitalise on economic benefits to flow from the Pioneer Mountain Bike Trails.

Published: 27 Apr 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

No matter what the weather brings this week, there is something on for all ages from knitting classes and meditation, to an outside workshop capturing photos of the amazing birdlife at our Botanic Gardens or seeing our very own local legend, Graeme Connors on stage at the MECC.

Published: 26 Apr 2022

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Wisely to take centre stage at Wine & Food Day

Mackay Festival of Arts’ iconic event, the Wine and Food Day, has a new naming rights sponsor for 2022

Published: 22 Apr 2022

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Check-in requirements lifted across council facilities

From today (Thursday, April 14) residents will no longer be required to check-in or show their vaccination status at council facilities.

Published: 14 Apr 2022

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Anzac Day services

There will be 25 Anzac Day services held across the region this year.

Published: 14 Apr 2022

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Mayoral Minute backs JCU push

Council has today backed a call by James Cook University (JCU) for an increase of Commonwealth Supported Places (CPSs) for its Medical School.

Published: 13 Apr 2022

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Vegetation destroyed on foreshore of two local beaches

Two cases of extremely significant vegetation vandalism will cost the community more than $7000 to remediate.

Published: 13 Apr 2022

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Council ‘toasts’ major planning scheme amendment

A major amendment to the planning scheme will better position the Mackay region to attract rural tourism and emerging industries like breweries and distilleries.

Published: 13 Apr 2022

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Mackay City Centre businesses secure grants to boost CCTV numbers

Six Mackay City Centre businesses will share in about $15,000 of funding to improve safety measures around their shopfronts and nearby laneways thanks to council grants.

Published: 13 Apr 2022

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New Corporate Plan an exciting blueprint for region

Council has adopted a new Corporate Plan that provides an exciting blueprint for the region over the next five years.

Published: 13 Apr 2022

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2022 Libris Awards expresses lived experiences of recent years

Jessica Dorizac’s “Passages 1-5” has been selected from 108 submitted artists’ books to take out the top prize in the 2022 Artspace Mackay Libris Awards.

Published: 12 Apr 2022

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Easter closures for council facilities

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

Published: 12 Apr 2022

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Easter school holiday activities to enjoy

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

Published: 12 Apr 2022

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Water recycling plant upgrades ensure they are future-ready

It's amazing the difference a spring clean can make!

Published: 11 Apr 2022

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Regional Queensland Council of Mayors meets Senator Bridget McKenzie

Chair of the Regional Queensland Council of Mayors (RQCOM), Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson, has met with Senator Bridget McKenzie to discuss issues affecting regional Queenslanders.

Published: 08 Apr 2022

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‘Sweet’ transformation of building earns heritage accolades

The transformation of the Sugar Research Institute into a new secondary school has earned a coveted gold award at our 2022 Heritage Awards.

Published: 08 Apr 2022

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Vandalism becoming a frequent problem at Haliday Bay

The Haliday Bay swimming enclosure has become a prime target of vandalism in recent years.

Published: 06 Apr 2022

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Tickets on sale Thursday as Roosters return to Mackay in Round 9

The Sydney Roosters will return to Mackay to host the Gold Coast Titans at BB Print Stadium in Round 9 on Saturday, May 7.

Published: 06 Apr 2022

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Illegal dumping, not in my backyard

Council is urging residents to report illegal dumping sightings.

Published: 04 Apr 2022

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City Centre palm tree maintenance

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the Mackay City Centre starting tomorrow (Tuesday, April 5).

Published: 04 Apr 2022

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Shakespeare Street water main renewal works

A new water main will be installed along Shakespeare Street between Rae and Hoey streets.

Published: 01 Apr 2022

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Help celebrate Sarina’s super women

After what has been a difficult 12 months, the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre is looking to recognise amazing women from Sarina.

Published: 31 Mar 2022

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Smoke detected in recycling facility

Mackay residents are again being reminded to check their recycling habits after a pile of green waste began smouldering at the Materials Recovery Facility.

Published: 31 Mar 2022

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Small scale placemaking projects wanted for Mackay City and Waterfront

Council's Activate My Place (AMP!) program is offering micro-grants to smaller-scale placemaking projects that reimagine and reinvent public spaces.

Published: 30 Mar 2022

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Bloomsbury residents invited to community meeting

Council is calling on Bloomsbury residents to take part in a vital planning session for the region’s water supply.

Published: 29 Mar 2022

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Council to pop the popcorn for Youth Week celebrations

Nothing says Youth Week like buckets of popcorn, an outdoor movie and some live and loud local music.

Published: 29 Mar 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

With school holidays just around the corner, take a little time to relax at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, get your free native plants or enjoy a full weekend of entertainment at the MECC. Check out what else is on this week across our region.

Published: 28 Mar 2022

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Touch of Venice coming to Mackay Waterfront

Council is about to call tenders for a gondola service as part of its Mackay Waterfront development.

Published: 28 Mar 2022

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Council crowns region’s most legendary neighbours

One day, in 2008, Kylie Whamond looked through her fence and saw her neighbour, Katie Porter, was in tears.

Published: 25 Mar 2022

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Memorial Swim Centre to re-open at 1.30pm today

Memorial Swim Centre will re-open to the public at 1.30pm today.

Published: 25 Mar 2022

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Community Grants keep cycling safety program running

Every year, for 20 years, about 600 year four students have learnt to ride safely at PCYC Mackay, however, with the facility’s bike fleet deteriorating, the program’s future was in doubt.

Published: 23 Mar 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

With national Neighbour Day on Sunday, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with your neighbours for a cuppa at one of council’s events. For something a little stronger, try your hand at creating your own cocktails at the Sarina Sugar Shed. Check out what else is on this week across our region.

Published: 21 Mar 2022

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Mayor’s Charity Ball to ignite ‘Saturday Night Fever’

The 2022 Mayor’s Charity Ball will be held at the MECC in May and those attending are being asked to channel their inner “Saturday Night Fever”.

Published: 18 Mar 2022

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Kick-start your career with council’s academic bursary

Calling all university students; now’s your chance to get a head-start on your career through council’s popular academic bursary program.

Published: 18 Mar 2022

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Sarina Neighbourhood Centre experiences unexpected closure

A Routine carpet relay at the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre has resulted in an unexpected temporary closure after asbestos underlay was found under the existing carpet.

Published: 18 Mar 2022

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BMA Kidspace brings back crafty cooperative learning in 2022

Toddlers and art go together like paper and glue.

Published: 18 Mar 2022

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Regional Queensland Council of Mayors congratulates pioneering Maranoa nurse

The Regional Queensland Council of Mayors has congratulated Rebecca Bradshaw on being named 2022 Queensland AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award winner.

Published: 16 Mar 2022

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Council crews answer SOS for Brisbane floods clean-up

Mackay council crews have answered an SOS from Brisbane City Council to assist with the mammoth floods clean-up.

Published: 14 Mar 2022

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Top 10 things to do around the region

With regular programs resuming and the weather starting to cool off, it’s a great chance to get out again or catch up with your neighbour for a cuppa. Check out the great events coming up this week.

Published: 14 Mar 2022

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CEO extends leave due to health battle

Mackay Regional Council’s CEO Michael Thomson has extended his leave for three months due to a serious health battle.

Published: 11 Mar 2022

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Public programs return to council facilities

Mackay Regional Council Libraries are over-the-moon to announce the return of public programming.

Published: 09 Mar 2022

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Input needed to help develop regional communities

Few things have had an impact on regional communities as much as the global pandemic.

Published: 09 Mar 2022

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Council takes sustainable approach to concrete projects

Mackay Regional Council is set to become the first organisation in Queensland to use an innovative and sustainable recycled aggregate replacement in concrete pours.

Published: 08 Mar 2022

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Regional Queensland Council of Mayors meets Regional Education Commissioner

The Regional Queensland Council of Mayors is looking forward to working with the first Regional Education Commissioner to ensure regional residents have the same education and employment pathways as south-east Queenslanders.

Published: 08 Mar 2022

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Community Grants of $189,000 up for grabs

Community groups may feel a little foolish if they let April 1 pass by without applying for a council Community Grant.

Published: 04 Mar 2022

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Bag a bargain at biannual book sale

If you’re working on building up a home library, or simply love a bargain, then Mackay Regional Council Libraries have a treat for you.

Published: 04 Mar 2022

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Nominate a backyard hero today thanks to My Legendary Neighbour

Do you have Mackay region’s most legendary neighbour? We want to know!

Published: 01 Mar 2022

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Floods bring Regional Queensland Council of Mayors to support of the South East

The Regional Queensland Council of Mayors (RQCOM) chair, Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson, has expressed sympathy on behalf of member councils and residents for those caught up in the south-east flood disaster.

Published: 01 Mar 2022

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Queens Park and Brewers Park closed for maintenance

Contractors from Urban Play will arrive in Mackay next week to carry out maintenance to the skywalk tower at Queens Park and the skate park at Brewers Park in Sarina.

Published: 25 Feb 2022

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BMA Kidspace Online keeping families busy this February!

Artspace Mackay is bringing their creative art activities right to your lounge room.

Published: 23 Feb 2022

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Legends on the Lawn launches in Mackay with a stellar Australian line-up

There is a new concert series launching in Mackay in May 2022 and it is going to rock.

Published: 21 Feb 2022

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Pilot program a success with second round now open

Ten local businesses have sharpened the tools in their “business toolkit” thanks to a tailored one-on-one mentoring program delivered by council.

Published: 18 Feb 2022

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Have your say on Alsatia Park upgrades

Residents are invited to attend a public meeting at Alsatia Park in Walkerston next week.

Published: 16 Feb 2022

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Mackay announced as host of Oceania Athletics Championships 2022

Oceania Athletics is pleased to announce that the Mackay Regional Council will be the major sponsor and host of the 2022 Oceania Athletics Championships.

Published: 15 Feb 2022

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Mackay officially one of Australia’s best street art drawcards

An outdoor gallery in a Mackay City Centre laneway that showcases the works of 16 local and five visiting artists has been named as one of the best public art experiences in the nation.

Published: 11 Feb 2022

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Facilitating Development policy revised and to remain in place

A revised policy that provides incentives to encourage development in the Mackay region will remain in place for at least another 12 months.

Published: 09 Feb 2022

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Regional Queensland Council of Mayors calls for disaster resilience commitments

The Regional Queensland Council of Mayors (RQCOM) is seeking commitments for disaster recovery and mitigation support from the Commonwealth.

Published: 09 Feb 2022

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Log on to sign on at Sports Expo during February

Council's 2022 Online Sports Expo and Sign-on event is now live on our website.

Published: 01 Feb 2022

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‘Tis the season to land barra and a prize

Dust off those rods and reels – barra season is upon us.

Published: 31 Jan 2022

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Water main replacement in the City Centre

Council is installing a new water main along the eastern side of Brisbane Street, between Victoria and Gordon streets.

Published: 31 Jan 2022

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Two separate grants open to activate places and make nights safer

Council is calling for applications for two grants programs – one aimed at making the City Centre’s Safe Night Precinct safer and the other to activate places in our region.

Published: 31 Jan 2022

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Bursaries presented to talented Mackay youngsters

Regan Walker’s dream is to be Australia’s next triple threat and follow in the footsteps of the great Hugh Jackman.

Published: 27 Jan 2022

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Local contractor awarded $5.5m Mackay Waterfront tender

More than $5.5 million being spent on a riverside revitalisation project will stay in the Mackay community after a local contractor was awarded the tender.

Published: 27 Jan 2022

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Bittersweet art explores blackbirding history in ASSI gallery takeover

A haunting installation, comprising hundreds of skulls cast in brown sugar, is a focal point of an ASSI (Australian South Sea Islander) takeover coming this week to Artspace Mackay.

Published: 27 Jan 2022

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2022 Australia Day Award winners announced

Mackay's 2022 Citizen of the Year Frank Cowell has dedicated himself to helping men in our community by spreading messages of shared experience, personal growth and mateship.

Published: 25 Jan 2022

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Libraries reduce operating hours temporarily

Mackay Regional Council libraries will temporarily reduce their operating hours in the interests of health and safety during the evolving COVID pandemic.

Published: 25 Jan 2022

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Dengue prevention starts at home

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

Published: 17 Jan 2022

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Incorrect disposal of oil cans cause a big mess

Mackay region residents are being reminded that motor oil cans cannot be disposed of in their kerbside waste or recycling bins.

Published: 14 Jan 2022

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Huge response to Australia Day Awards nominations

Council had one of the best responses to its annual Mackay Regional Council Australia Day Awards nomination callouts yet.

Published: 13 Jan 2022

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Public programs paused amid COVID-19 surge

Due to coronavirus and the current public health advice to minimise movements and avoid unnecessary gatherings within the community, some council services have been temporarily impacted.

Published: 11 Jan 2022

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Things to do around the region

Escape the heat with the following activities that is sure to keep the whole family entertained.

Published: 10 Jan 2022

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New basketball court will be a slam dunk for Glenella residents

There will be fun for children of all ages at Northview Park once new upgrades are complete.

Published: 04 Jan 2022

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