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Novel Coronavirus advice

Mackay Regional Council and the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) are closely monitoring the evolving Novel Coronavirus situation.

Published: 01 Apr 2020

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Illegal dumping spiked in January

This year council recorded the highest January on record for illegal dumping in the region.

Published: 01 Apr 2020

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Outdoor recreation facilities temporarily closed

Following the latest Australian Government COVID-19 directive, council wishes to advise the closure of all skate parks, outdoor gyms and playgrounds across the region until further notice.

Published: 30 Mar 2020

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Stage one of Coronavirus business support measures announced

Mackay Regional Council has detailed stage one of business support measures to help  assist those impacted by the escalating Coronavirus crisis.

Published: 27 Mar 2020

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Pioneer River’s new fishing pier complete 

The Hospital Bridge fishing pier is now open to the public.

Published: 26 Mar 2020

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Operations suspended at council facilities

Operations are being suspended at council’s regional libraries, pools and Bluewater
Lagoon to meet the latest social distancing directive relating to gatherings.

Published: 25 Mar 2020

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#wepledgelocal campaign to support local business in Mackay Isaac Whitsunday

Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) has launched a community activation campaign #wepledgelocal designed to encourage the community of Mackay Isaac Whitsunday to love their local business and keep supporting them however they can.

Published: 23 Mar 2020

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Wild dog sightings on the rise

Reports of wild dog sightings have increased as mating season begins.

Published: 20 Mar 2020

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Council facilities suspend public programs

All public programs at Mackay Regional Council’s facilities have been temporarily suspended until April 30.

Published: 19 Mar 2020

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MECC suspends operations after inside gatherings directive

Operations at the MECC have been suspended following today’s government Coronavirus directive relating to inside gatherings.

Published: 18 Mar 2020

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Extending early voting hours

Published: 17 Mar 2020

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Encouraging residents to drive under the radar

A speed monitoring device will be set up to slow down traffic following safety concerns along a street with a school zone.

Published: 17 Mar 2020

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Volunteer Expo stallholder EOIs open

Does your volunteer organisation want to increase its people power?

Published: 13 Mar 2020

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Round three grants now open for arts and cultural activities

The final round of this financial years’ Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants is now open with $58,000 up for grabs.

Published: 12 Mar 2020

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Published: 11 Mar 2020

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Only flush the three P’s

Published: 10 Mar 2020

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Council announce Party in the Park

Published: 10 Mar 2020

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Gordon White refurbishment project  

As part of the Gordon White Library refurbishment project, works will cause minor disruption to residents during the next month.

Published: 09 Mar 2020

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Champion of country women recognised

For more than 30 years Lyn Hackett has volunteered at trivia nights, sausage sizzles, cent sales and raffles.

Published: 09 Mar 2020

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Libraries sell off excess books for a dollar

Residents will be able buy a bag of books for less than the price of a large coffee at Mackay Regional Council Libraries’ mega book sale.

Published: 09 Mar 2020

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Emerging young artist awarded bursary

A PROUD Yuwibara man of the Mackay region, who has twice been a featured mural artist at the Queensland State Library, is this years’ “Hands On” Bursary recipient.

Published: 06 Mar 2020

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Libraries launch lightning author talks

Mackay Regional Council Libraries are connecting authors with readers in a series of lightning meet and greets coming to local branches.

Published: 05 Mar 2020

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s plenty to do around the region this week.

Published: 04 Mar 2020

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Women share inspirational stories

Would you like to be inspired on your lunch break tomorrow (Wednesday, March 4)?

Published: 03 Mar 2020

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Palm cleaning in City Centre

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre this Saturday (March 7).

Published: 03 Mar 2020

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Art meets science in new exhibition

Catherine Truman’s art is often inspired by what she sees through her microscope.

Published: 03 Mar 2020

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s plenty to do around the region…

Published: 26 Feb 2020

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Water interruption, North Mackay

Council wishes to remind residents and businesses of an interruption to water supply tomorrow (Wednesday, February 26).

Published: 25 Feb 2020

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Mackay water wins international silver

Just one vote was all that separated Mackay and the winner of the best tasting tap water in the world title.

Published: 24 Feb 2020

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Target shooting returns to Mt Vince Rifle Range

The first shots since 2017 will be fired at Mt Vince Rifle Range this Sunday (February 23).

Published: 21 Feb 2020

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Our top drop vies for international prize

All eyes will be on the small West Virginian town of Berkeley Springs this weekend, as our top drop vies for an international prize.

Published: 20 Feb 2020

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s plenty to do around the region this week…

Published: 19 Feb 2020

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Fast thinkin’ girls go the distance

Meet the Mackay team who have developed a miniature F1 cable car capable of travelling 0-80km/h in under a second.

Published: 19 Feb 2020

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Car battery ignites fire in garbage truck

A car battery incorrectly disposed of in a household rubbish bin has ignited a fire in a JJ Richards garbage truck.

Published: 13 Feb 2020

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Published: 12 Feb 2020

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The dance of a lifetime for a young performer

Emmalese Dunn has been performing on stage since she was four years old.

Published: 12 Feb 2020

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Free native plant program returns

It's official, residents living in Andergrove, North Mackay and West Mackay love their plants.

Published: 11 Feb 2020

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Grants to create iconic attractions

Council's Activate My Place (AMP) placemaking grant program is back for another year, with $30,000 up for grabs.

Published: 10 Feb 2020

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Libraries have you covered this Valentine’s Day

Find your perfect match between the sheets (of paper) with Mackay Regional Council Libraries.

Published: 07 Feb 2020

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Stay safe online this Library Lovers’ Week  

A growing number of Australians are being lured into fake online romances every day.

Published: 07 Feb 2020

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Young ambassadors wanted for Japanese sister city tour

Council is offering a chance to visit an Olympic city as part of a scholarship program.

Published: 07 Feb 2020

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Super Sarina women to be recognised

Council is looking to recognise amazing women from Sarina, like Dianne Barnett.

Published: 07 Feb 2020

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Heritage champions recognised with accolades

The restoration and adaptive re-use of part of an historical building occupied by Gold Empire Tattoo Barber in Wood Street has struck heritage awards gold.

Published: 06 Feb 2020

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Sports Expo expands to be biggest yet

This Sunday’s 2020 Optus Sports Expo and Sign-on Day is set to kick goals as the biggest in the popular event’s 10-year history.

Published: 06 Feb 2020

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s plenty to do around the region…

Published: 05 Feb 2020

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Our top drop is set to travel

Australia's best tasting water is on its way to the USA.

Published: 04 Feb 2020

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s plenty to do around the region…

Published: 29 Jan 2020

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Australia Day Award winners honoured

Mackay's Citizen of the Year is a familiar face around the Seaforth community.

Published: 24 Jan 2020

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Unearthing the gems that are our female forebears

A Mackay Regional Council Libraries project is unearthing a treasure trove of history about our community’s female ancestors.

Published: 24 Jan 2020

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$4000 arts bursary extended

Applications for the $4000 Artspace Mackay Foundation 2020 Hands-On Bursary have been extended until Monday, February 10.

Published: 23 Jan 2020

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Library team “appy” about latest development

A new Mackay Regional Council Library service will allow residents to save money with their mobile devices.

Published: 23 Jan 2020

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Graeme Connors inspired musical receives funding

A local author, producer and music star are teaming up for Heading North.

Published: 22 Jan 2020

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Reusing residents’ waste for local road project

Mackay residents’ recycled glass bottles and jars are not going to waste!

Published: 22 Jan 2020

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week… Celebrate Australia Day at one of 11 council supported events across the region, from lamington and pie eating competitions to water slides and sailing, drop into Artspace Mackay for the last days of their summer holiday art program and book a seat for a half-day workshop to get your 2020 business digital marketing right.

Published: 22 Jan 2020

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Marine debris sculptures explore environmental anxieties

Research by an Australian team of scientists has found that discarded plastics now contaminate the diets of 90 per cent of marine bird species.

Published: 22 Jan 2020

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Prevent dengue by cleaning up around the house

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region councils are urging residents to protect themselves against dengue after 13 cases were confirmed in Rockhampton last year.

Published: 21 Jan 2020

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New play equipment towers high above Northview Park

Council is looking forward to installing some exciting new play equipment at Northview Park in Glenella next month.

Published: 17 Jan 2020

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Published: 15 Jan 2020

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Memorial pool community reference group being formed

Expressions of interest are being sought for a new community reference group to help inform council on redevelopment of facilities at Mackay’s Memorial Swimming Centre.

Published: 10 Jan 2020

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Learn the art of filmmaking

Dudley Denny City Library is looking for 10 young people with an interest in filmmaking.

Published: 03 Jan 2020

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New pathway to connect City Centre to Mackay Harbour

From Monday (January 6) it’s full steam ahead on construction work for the shared bike and pedestrian pathway that will link Mackay Harbour to the Mackay City Centre.

Published: 02 Jan 2020

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Relaxation is the name of the game for Spring Picnic

Nothing says spring like a relaxing picnic on the grass under the shade of a majestic fig tree.

Published: 08 Oct 2019

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