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System outage this weekend

Council would like to advise that there will be system outage on Sunday, November 17, from 2pm to 9pm.

During this time, access to online services will be unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Published: 14 Nov 2019

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Cyclone Saturday – your one-stop-shop for being prepared

This Saturday (November 16) is your chance to make sure you and your family have all the knowledge to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster striking the region.

Published: 14 Nov 2019

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Libraries book a spot on your playlists

Our regional libraries are embracing new and exciting sensory interactions with customers.

Published: 14 Nov 2019

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Flood studies to be used to improve emergency preparedness

The results of three draft flood studies will help to improve council’s understanding of flooding in the region’s catchments.

Published: 14 Nov 2019

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Annual report snapshot about more than roads, rubbish and rates

A browse through council’s 2018-2019 annual report is a reminder that modern day local government is about much more than roads, rubbish and rates.

Published: 13 Nov 2019

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$280,000 cash splash for community

Community groups in the Mackay region received a cash injection of more than $280,000 during today’s ordinary meeting of council.

Published: 13 Nov 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week… Come along to a free and enjoyable discussion about art at Artspace Mackay, join the libraries for a screening of the 1963 classic ‘Charade’ and talk to the experts about preparing for storm season at Cyclone Saturday.

Published: 13 Nov 2019

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Snap and check your recyclables

Unsure if you can recycle it?

Published: 12 Nov 2019

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Eggcellent tips for Food Safety Week

Eggs are the focus of this year’s Australian Food Safety Week campaign.

Published: 12 Nov 2019

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Time to nominate heroes in our community

Nominations for one of our region’s greatest honours – the Australia Day Awards – are now open.

Published: 11 Nov 2019

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So you want to be a councillor?

The State Government has imposed new requirements for the local government elections in March 2020, including the need for candidates to complete compulsory training.

Published: 08 Nov 2019

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Path closed for power line removal

Residents are advised that the causeway and both pathways that run beside the Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant will be closed intermittently on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Published: 08 Nov 2019

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Emergency repairs at River Street

Council crews are working to repair the road following a water leak on River Street this morning (Thursday, November 7).

Published: 07 Nov 2019

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Skate park to open this weekend

Stage one of the park upgrade at Camilleri Street District Park, which includes the skate park and pump track, will be opened to the public from this Saturday (November 9).

Published: 07 Nov 2019

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Published: 06 Nov 2019

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Final Council in Community Day to visit Western Region

Councillors are heading to the Western Region for the final Council in Community Day for this term of council.

Published: 04 Nov 2019

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Have your say on the region’s future economic growth 

Council has released two draft strategies for public consultation.

Published: 01 Nov 2019

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Local café puts food safety at the top of the menu

A local business in Walkerston is taking food safety seriously.

Published: 01 Nov 2019

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Heritage projects recognised at glittering awards ceremony

From the Sarina Field of Dreams to the ‘After the Storm’ digital story of the 1918 floods, some of council’s key heritage projects have been recognised at a state awards ceremony.

Published: 01 Nov 2019

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Christmas decorations to add festive cheer

The region is about to get festive!

Published: 31 Oct 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week… Join MADASSIA’s (Mackay & District Australian South Sea Islander Association) president, Starrett Vea, for a free walking tour of previously unmarked graves of South Sea Islanders, Brisbane Heat are back in Mackay for two matches against the Adelaide Strikers at Harrup Park and witness Australia’s six-foot something songstress, Prada Clutch and her ‘girls’, perform hits from Priscilla Queen of the Desert plus music from today’s icons and divas.

Published: 30 Oct 2019

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AFLW Friday Night Lights set for Mackay

Mackay will host its first-ever NAB AFLW Premiership Season match in 2020 when the Gold Coast SUNS welcome the Geelong Cats to Great Barrier Reef Arena on March 6 at 6.10pm.

Published: 30 Oct 2019

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Planning for the future of Woodlands District Park

Andergrove and Beaconsfield residents are being asked to provide feedback on the transformation of a large park in their community.

Published: 30 Oct 2019

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Tree removals at Pioneer Pool

Council will be removing two trees from Pioneer Swim Centre on Tuesday, October 29.

Published: 25 Oct 2019

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Wild dog sightings recorded in Walkerston

Council's pest management officers will be undertaking a small baiting and trapping program for wild dogs in Walkerston from next week.

Published: 25 Oct 2019

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Master drummers bring rhythm to festival

When Tuza Afutu started traditional African drumming, he had nothing but tin lids and jerry-cans to get people moving.

Published: 24 Oct 2019

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Never miss a funding opportunity again

Council has launched a new web tool aimed at making identifying funding options easier.

Published: 24 Oct 2019

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Bursary helps performing arts students chase their dreams

Studying the performing arts far from home is a huge step for a young person.

Published: 24 Oct 2019

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Valley recovery supported by arts grants

An exciting folk festival is headed to Eungella in December.

Published: 23 Oct 2019

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Residents congratulated for recycling right

Mackay residents “oughtta be congratulated”.

Published: 23 Oct 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this weekend – Take your senses on a tour around the world at Global Grooves on Saturday. Keep on snapping for the Mackay Through The Lens competition, it’s ending November 1, or visit Artspace Mackay’s new exhibition showcasing the work of 33 Artel Artists.

Published: 23 Oct 2019

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Portable water stations available for events

Organisers of big community events to small-scale school fetes will be able to keep their patrons well and truly hydrated.

Published: 23 Oct 2019

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We have the best drop in Australia

The next time you need a drink, reach for your tap!

Published: 21 Oct 2019

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Say g’day to $10,000 in Australia Day funding

Mackay Regional Council has increased its Australia Day event grant funding, with $10,000 now up for grabs.

Published: 21 Oct 2019

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Sunrise hands over Mayor’s Charity Ball baton

Sunrise Rotary Club of Mackay has raised more than $600,000 for charity during its 15 years at the helm of the Mayor’s Charity Ball.

Published: 17 Oct 2019

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Conserve precious H20

Don't get caught out watering on your non-allocated day.

Published: 16 Oct 2019

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Groove around the world in one night

When Tuza Afutu started traditional African drumming, he had nothing but tin lids and jerry-cans to get people moving.

Published: 16 Oct 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week…The Reasonable and Necessary exhibition officially opens at Artspace Mackay on Friday evening, Author Elizabeth Rimmington is visiting Dudley Denny City Library and book a place at the beginner print workshop at Artspace Mackay to start creating lino prints at home.

Published: 16 Oct 2019

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Food drive aims to resupply charities

Filling their pantries is a constant battle for local charitable organisations.

Published: 14 Oct 2019

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Exhibition provides necessary recognition for Artel artists

Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists is the first-ever touring exhibition of a group of 33 professional artists, some of whom have complex and profound disabilities.

Published: 11 Oct 2019

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Mental health and wellness the focus of fun fair

Belly dancers, Blazer the bear, Zenith Drummers and local musicians will be on-hand to ensure the Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Fair will be a fun, vibrant event.

Published: 10 Oct 2019

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Water main inspections

During the next seven weeks council crews will be inspecting a number of water mains underneath bridges, as part of council’s ongoing preventative maintenance program.

Published: 10 Oct 2019

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Council updates vegetation vandalism policy

Council has endorsed amendments to its tree and vegetation vandalism policy following a spate of incidents across the region.

Published: 09 Oct 2019

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Top 10 things to do...

There is plenty to do around the region this weekend – Bring your picnic blanket to Movies in the Meadow on Friday night, take advantage of an Instameet with Mark Fitzpatrick at Lamberts Beach on Saturday or on Sunday relax at the Greenmount Spring Picnic.

Published: 09 Oct 2019

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Planning for the future of St Helens Beach

A draft local coastal plan (LCP) that sets a vision for the St Helens Beach coastline into the future, has been developed.

Published: 08 Oct 2019

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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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Botanic Gardens will host a MARVELous movie night

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is promising a “super” fun night for the whole family at its annual Movies in the Meadow event.

Published: 08 Oct 2019

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Migrant communities embrace Global Grooves

The Nepalese Australian Association of Mackay put their hearts and souls into their Global Grooves performance.

Published: 04 Oct 2019

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Robots, worms and more join global movement at library

What do dance classes, coding, robots, worm farms, the Gruffalo, Canasta and genealogy have in common?

Published: 03 Oct 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week…Children in prep to year six will grow a green thumb with spring-inspired craft activities at your local library, join Reef Clean for the Great Barrier Reef Clean Up this Saturday and if you love utes and country music, then head down to the Sarina Showgrounds for the Sarina Ute Muster this long weekend.

Published: 02 Oct 2019

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Library on the blink thanks to hacking event

Young adults will learn how to hack their family’s Christmas lights at a fun new two-part event at Dudley Denny City Library.

Published: 01 Oct 2019

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Beauty of the Mackay region in focus

Mackay shutterbugs get clicking – council has launched a photo competition to capture the beauty of our region.

Published: 30 Sep 2019

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Outages planned for council's website

Council's eRecruitment, Online Services and MiMaps will be unavailable on Sunday, September 29 between 2pm and 9pm as part of a planned system-wide outage.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these necessary outages.

For more information contact 1300 MACKAY (622 529).

Published: 27 Sep 2019

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Catch up with councillors in Sarina

Councillors will be in Sarina next week to catch up with locals and community groups.

Published: 27 Sep 2019

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Sarina swim centre reopens

Sarina Swim Centre will reopen on Monday, September 30.

Published: 27 Sep 2019

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Dog walkers asked to avoid environmental reserves

From Tuesday, October 1, Shellgrit Creek and Sandfly Creek Environmental Reserves will be prohibited to dogs.

Published: 27 Sep 2019

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Water treatment facility upgrades use innovative technologies

Construction is well under way at the Mirani Water Recycling Facility (MWRF).

Published: 27 Sep 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week…

Published: 25 Sep 2019

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Council doesn’t support Sarina Range idea

Mackay Regional Council can see no compelling reason to support the idea of a local government boundary realignment to move the Sarina Range area to Isaac Regional Council.

Published: 25 Sep 2019

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Funds on offer for Christmas celebrations

Council is looking to spread Christmas cheer as far as possible thanks to a special festive grant program.

Published: 25 Sep 2019

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Many hands make light work at tree planting

Council is calling for volunteers who are not afraid to get their hands dirty at a tree planting event at Camilleri Street Park on Saturday, October 12.

Published: 24 Sep 2019

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Grants open now for arts and cultural activities

More than $45,000 is now available to enrich our local arts and culture.

Published: 23 Sep 2019

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Heavy vehicle parking off Nebo Road

Following community feedback, council is implementing dedicated heavy vehicle parking in several streets off Nebo Road.

Published: 20 Sep 2019

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Morning Melodies presents tenor trio

As part of the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre’s Morning Melodies program, Tenori - Timeless is on show next week, Friday, September 27, from 11am.

Published: 19 Sep 2019

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Rediscover a love for reading

Pack your lunch, grab a book and head to Bluewater Quay to rediscover the benefits of reading.

Published: 19 Sep 2019

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Innovative Community Growth Profiles available now

The population of Mackay’s Northern Beaches is tipped to grow by 10,673 residents, or 53.6 per cent, by 2036.

Published: 19 Sep 2019

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Children’s books with Yuwi language translations win award

A children's literacy program, featuring the Mackay region and the Yuwi language, has taken out a top state-wide library award.

Published: 18 Sep 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week…

Meet Olympic gold and silver medalist Brooke Hanson at the Mackay ARC Open Day, Etnies Rumble on the Reef kicks off for a week of skateboarding talent and there are plenty of school holiday activities to get involved in over the next two weeks.

Published: 18 Sep 2019

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Spring school holiday activities

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

Published: 17 Sep 2019

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Greenmount to open earlier

From this week, Greenmount Homestead will open from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Wednesday.

Published: 17 Sep 2019

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Bursary funds Indian journey of textile discovery

Rising fashion designer Tristan Kane spent a month touring India, learning about woven textiles and working with local artisans.

Published: 17 Sep 2019

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Sarina swim centre closed for maintenance

Sarina Swim Centre is currently closed for maintenance.

Published: 16 Sep 2019

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Draft master plan sets overall vision for Mackay Waterfront

Another important piece of the picturesque Mackay Waterfront puzzle is in place with the release of a draft master plan.

Published: 16 Sep 2019

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Mackay region water wins Top Drop - again

We've done it again.

Published: 13 Sep 2019

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Libraries offer backstage passes for Disability Action Week

Families living with autism, individual assistance or hypersensitivity will find accessing our council libraries less daunting thanks to two new initiatives.

Published: 12 Sep 2019

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Memorial Swim Centre future to meet community needs

The community will play a key role in planning for the future of aging facilities at Mackay’s Memorial Swim Centre.

Published: 11 Sep 2019

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Top 10 things to do...

There is plenty to do around the region this week – Head to the River Street Twilight Market on Friday for a relaxing evening by the riverside with delicious food and music. On Sunday check out the annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Art and Design Market showcasing locally made arts, crafts and entertainment. Next Wednesday Jimmy Barnes is back at the MECC with his biggest tour yet!

Published: 11 Sep 2019

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Mackay’s waste to be turned into agricultural compost

Local farmers will soon be able to try a home-grown nutrient rich compost for their crops.

Published: 11 Sep 2019

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Originality, creativity and local talent at market event

Finding an original gift in today’s world of mass production and fast fashion is almost impossible.

Published: 11 Sep 2019

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Posts to be removed from Bucasia Beach

Council will be removing the Bucasia Beach swimming enclosure posts today.

Published: 10 Sep 2019

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Have your say on McEwens Beach

Council is continuing to take proactive steps towards protecting and enhancing the region’s beaches into the future.

Published: 10 Sep 2019

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Local company lands $3.28 million tender for Resources Centre of Excellence

Mackay construction company Fergus Builders has been awarded a contract to build the Resources Centre of Excellence.

Published: 09 Sep 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week… Come along to the free community event Kidz Arvo Out for a fun family afternoon for Child Protection Week, Mackay Musical Comedy Players presents A Taste of Things to Come live at the MECC and get ready for fast paced racing and a day of fun at the annual Motorcycle Beach Races this Sunday.

Published: 05 Sep 2019

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Council reaching out to stay-at-home parents

Would you attend a council-hosted event connecting stay-at-home parents with each other and service providers?

Published: 05 Sep 2019

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Palm cleaning - City Centre

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre on Monday (September 9).

Published: 05 Sep 2019

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Catch up with councillors over an early-morning cuppa

Councillors are inviting everyone, from residents to City Centre business owners, to catch up with them over an early-morning coffee this week.

Published: 02 Sep 2019

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Aboriginal stories, history and sorrow captured in exhibition

Artspace Mackay is shining a light on one of Queensland’s greatest painters with a moving, posthumous exhibition opening this Friday (August 30).

Published: 29 Aug 2019

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Playground closed for maintenance

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens playground will be closed from Monday, September 2, until Wednesday, September 4, for maintenance works.

Published: 29 Aug 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this weekend - You can see two new exhibitions at Artspace Mackay on Friday night. Enjoy a fun afternoon at the Mackay Scottish Bluewater Fling on Saturday and later that night see Lee Kernaghan’s incredible new show at the MECC.

Published: 28 Aug 2019

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Pier works begin

Work is set to begin on the reconstruction of the Hospital Bridge fishing pier.

Published: 28 Aug 2019

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Join in the biggest community clean-up

This is your chance to help make Mackay clean, green and pristine.

Published: 27 Aug 2019

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Installation to “takes root” in new location

The giant cardboard installation inside Artspace Mackay is coming down, but it’s not disappearing.

Published: 27 Aug 2019

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Artspace exhibition to tour nationally

Violent Salt is a thought-provoking exhibition that gives a voice to marginalised, underrepresented and silenced Australians.

Published: 26 Aug 2019

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Libraries go “Troppo” in response to feedback

Libraries have unveiled a series of user-friendly changes based on community feedback from more than 900 members.

Published: 21 Aug 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week…Dress up as your favourite character this Book Week and join Mackay Regional Council Libraries for Picnic in the Park, toddlers bring your adults along to Artspace Mackay and get creative at BMA Kidspace and SES are holding an open night in Sarina next week with information on how to join and tips on disaster preparation

Published: 21 Aug 2019

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Road safety first

Slow down around roadworks - that's the message Mackay Regional Council is reminding motorists of during Queensland Road Safety Week.

Published: 21 Aug 2019

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Athletes set to visit the region

The Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex is ready to host its first major event this month - the Oceania Masters Athletics Championship.

Published: 21 Aug 2019

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Young cricket stars on show in Mackay

Mackay will again host the country’s best under 17 male cricket players after a hugely successful competition last year.

Published: 21 Aug 2019

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Online services outage for tonight (Tuesday, August 20)

Council would like to advise that there will be system outage tonight (Tuesday, August 20) from 6pm to 9pm. During this time, access to online services will be unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Published: 20 Aug 2019

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New water testing laboratory open for business

Council's new state-of-the-art Water and Waste Scientific and Analytical Services laboratory is officially open for business from today (Monday, August 19).

Published: 19 Aug 2019

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Libraries explore the secret power of books

Last year, Libraries’ Picnic in the Park attracted the who’s who of guests – from Darth Vader and Spiderman to Tinkerbell and Peter Pan.

Published: 19 Aug 2019

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Works will improve drainage at Queens Park

Council is installing new stormwater drainage at Queens Park as part of the revitalisation project, which is currently under way.

Published: 16 Aug 2019

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Asphalt pavement rejuvenation works trialled

Council is about to trial an asphalt pavement rejuvenation system at Rural View.

Published: 15 Aug 2019

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Mackay Harbour to connect to city via new pathway

Mackay will soon have a shared bike and pedestrian pathway linking Mackay Harbour to the city centre.

Published: 15 Aug 2019

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Expo offers everything for seniors

From mobility scooters to men’s sheds, travel packages to table tennis, and home care to hearing tests – the 2019 Seniors Expo has it all.

Published: 15 Aug 2019

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Camilleri Street Park development enters next stages

Camilleri Street District Park at Blacks Beach has been a hive of activity over the last two months.

Published: 14 Aug 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week… Calling all science lovers! Come along to Unearthed! for drones, robotics, megafauna, fossils, virtual reality and more, Mackay Seniors Expo is on at the Showgrounds and a brand new comedy-drama looking at a dysfunctional Australian family, Spencer, is live at the MECC.

Published: 14 Aug 2019

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Council welcomes Academic Bursary students

CQUniversity Mackay student Taitianna McGrath understands the importance of giving back to her community.

Published: 14 Aug 2019

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Road closures on Sunday night

Council wishes to advise motorists that a number of roads around the intersection of Sydney and Victoria streets will be closed on Sunday night (August 11) from 8pm until 5am on Monday (August 12).

Published: 09 Aug 2019

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Memorial Swim Centre closure for repairs extended two days

Memorial Swim Centre will remain closed until Wednesday (August 14) due to emergency repairs.

Published: 09 Aug 2019

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Libraries unplug to explore computer science

Mackay Regional Council Libraries are offering a special computer class – without computers.

Published: 08 Aug 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week…Join Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) at the Future Workforces Summit as they lead an important local conversation, Star101.9 is lighting up the sky along with the River Street Twilight Markets for a wonderful night along the river and for one night only, the Killer Queen Experience is coming to Mackay!

Published: 07 Aug 2019

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Councillors jump aboard bus for trip north

Councillors will jump aboard a small bus and head to the far most northern parts of our region for a Council in Community Day tomorrow (Wednesday, August 7).

Published: 06 Aug 2019

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Dream boardwalk to be constructed in Sarina

Brewers Road Reserve walk, along Plane Creek in Sarina, is about to undergo an exciting transformation.

Published: 05 Aug 2019

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Scheduled maintenance for eRecruitment

eRecruitment will be intermittently unavailable on Sunday, August 4 between 2pm and 9pm due to scheduled maintenance.

Published: 02 Aug 2019

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Hypnotic installation is the perfect escape

Artspace Mackay is hosting an installation that is mesmerizing, hypnotic, rhythmic and compelling.

Published: 31 Jul 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 31 Jul 2019

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Memorial Swim Centre to close for repairs

Plant room failure at the Memorial Swim Centre will require emergency repairs.

Published: 30 Jul 2019

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Road works on Milton Street

Road works will continue this week at the Milton Street and Boundary Road intersection.

Published: 30 Jul 2019

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Water interruption south of Plane Creek Bridge tonight

Residents and businesses south of Plane Creek Bridge at Sarina will experience an interruption to their water supply tonight Monday, July 29, from 8pm until 4am.

Published: 29 Jul 2019

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Orchid House to close Wednesday

The Orchid House (Ken Burgess Display House) in Queens Park will be closed to the public this Wednesday (July 31).

Published: 29 Jul 2019

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Temporary access at Rural View to be closed

A temporary access off the Rosewood Drive/Reed Street roundabout at Rural View will be closed from next Monday, August 5.

Published: 29 Jul 2019

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Water supply interruption at Sarina

Residents and businesses south of Plane Creek Bridge will experience an interruption to their water supply this week as council undertakes a water main repair.

Published: 26 Jul 2019

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Council supersizes Community Grants

Mackay's not-for-profit groups, clubs and organisations are about to get a $560,000 injection thanks to council’s supersized Community Grants program.

Published: 26 Jul 2019

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Mayor’s Charity Ball helps raise $121,000 for kids in need

The 2019 Mayor’s Charity Ball broke all records and helped raise $121,000 which will make a real difference to the lives of Mackay kids impacted by domestic and family violence.

Published: 24 Jul 2019

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Experienced contractor hooked for pier project

Council has hooked a specialist civil construction company to build a new fishing platform in the Pioneer River.

Published: 24 Jul 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week… Come along to Pet Registration Day this Saturday to take advantage of discounts and giveaways, help green our region this National Tree Day by planting local species at Illawong Park and catch one of three performances of Possum Magic at the MECC.

Published: 24 Jul 2019

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Your guide to DBCT Illuminate

Hundreds of weird and wonderful sea creatures created by young artists will join a turtle the size of a city bus at DBCT Illuminate from tonight (July 22).

Published: 22 Jul 2019

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Brunch has plenty of “sax-appeal”

Delectable pastries, delicious Canadian maple bacon and a feast of sumptuous local jazz sounds awaits you on the final day of the festival.

Published: 22 Jul 2019

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The thrill of circus with the mayhem of Mozart

Musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist at the MECC.

Published: 18 Jul 2019

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Last chance to register pets at discounted prices

There is less than two weeks left to take advantage of the pet registration discount.

Published: 18 Jul 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 17 Jul 2019

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Your complete guide to the Mackay Festival of Arts

Experts are warning of a new contagion set to sweep Mackay this month.

Published: 17 Jul 2019

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MECC hosts epic opera love story

It's one of the most popular operas ever produced, and it’ll be on the MECC stage during the Mackay Festival of Arts.

Published: 17 Jul 2019

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‘Rock and roll girl’ brings Bette to MECC

Catherine Alcorn produced the Divine Miss Bette show while working as a personal assistant on Channel 9’s Wide World of Sport.

Published: 16 Jul 2019

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Libraries to collect lids for kids

Mackay Regional Council Libraries are collecting your plastic lids to help children in need.

Published: 11 Jul 2019

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Volunteers needed for National Tree Day

Mackay Regional Council is calling for volunteers to help with National Tree Day.

Published: 11 Jul 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week…Bring the family to Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens for free lantern making workshops that will be showcased at the DBCT Illuminate event next week, meet innovative Melbourne new-media artist Kit Webster at Artspace for a free artist talk and enjoy a fun day out at Queens Park for the NAIDOC Street Parade and Family Day.

Published: 10 Jul 2019

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Council finalises wave pool EOI process

Council has made a financially responsible decision to not seek tenders from commercial operators for a wave pool at this stage.

Published: 10 Jul 2019

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Make your own creatures for an underwater wonderland

A turtle the size of a city bus is coming to the Botanic Gardens for the Mackay Festival of Arts.

Published: 09 Jul 2019

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Enjoy the views at Barber Drive Park

Barber Drive Park is now open to the public following a $380,000 upgrade.

Published: 08 Jul 2019

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Traffic diversion on Boundary Road

Council is improving drainage along Boundary Road.

Published: 05 Jul 2019

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Community support helps land Qantas for Mackay

Mayor Greg Williamson has paid tribute to the community after Mackay was announced as the preferred location for a second Qantas Group Pilot Academy site.

Published: 05 Jul 2019

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Mackay skies get nod for next Qantas Group Pilot Academy site

Qantas Media Release: Mackay has been announced as the preferred location for the second Qantas Group Pilot Academy site.

Published: 05 Jul 2019

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Libraries flick fines for good

Mackay Regional Council Libraries are taking some radical steps to boost regional literacy and return residents to our libraries.

Published: 04 Jul 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 03 Jul 2019

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Council move water recycling plant operations back in-house

The Mackay North and Mackay South Water Recycling Facilities are now being run by Mackay Regional Council.

Published: 02 Jul 2019

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NAIDOC is a celebration for the whole community

Mackay's NAIDOC Street Parade on Friday, July 12, is colourful, loud and cheerful.

Published: 02 Jul 2019

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Lookout! Stunning view for breakfast catch-up with councillors

What a way to start your day –  a free coffee while taking in the stunning view from Lamberts Lookout.

Published: 01 Jul 2019

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Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors and QRC forge historic bond

Industry and councils have united in common goals associated with the sustainable development of mineral and energy reserves within the Greater Whitsunday region.

Published: 28 Jun 2019

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Temporary Road Closure, Golflinks Road

Golflinks Road in Beaconsfield will be closed between Norwoood Parade and Harveys Road from 6am and 3pm on Monday (July 1).

Published: 28 Jun 2019

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Assessing our recycling

Mackay Regional Council will see first-hand this week how residents' recycling efforts are going.

Published: 27 Jun 2019

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Library to become young adult hub after dark

Once the sun sets on Friday, July 12, young adults will have the Gordon White Library all to themselves.

Published: 27 Jun 2019

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2019-20 Budget invests in community using good economic sense

Mackay Regional Council’s 2019-20 Budget was adopted at a Special (Budget) Meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Published: 26 Jun 2019

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School holiday activities

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

Published: 26 Jun 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week… The Whitlams are live at the MECC for their ‘Last drinks at the Morrison Hotel Tour’, River Sessions is back for 2019 with a great line-up, food vendors and a bigger stage to enjoy and Dr. Suess’s The Cat the in Hat is brought to life in an imaginative stage show

Published: 26 Jun 2019

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Free waste minimisation lessons for businesses

Mackay businesses can find out what options are available to reduce their waste before the introduction of the Queensland Government’s waste levy.

Published: 25 Jun 2019

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No line marking, corner of Sydney and Victoria streets

Council is asking drivers to proceed with caution at the intersection of Sydney and Victoria streets until line marking can be undertaken.

Published: 19 Jun 2019

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Published: 19 Jun 2019

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Don't miss all the footy action

Mackay sports fans will be spoilt for footy action this Sunday.

Published: 19 Jun 2019

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Festival goes mental

They're ARIA Hall of Fame inductees and have 25 Top 40 Australian hits.

Published: 19 Jun 2019

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Your guide to staging events

Do you have an idea for an event but don't know where to start?

Published: 19 Jun 2019

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Is your business waste levy ready?

Businesses in the Mackay region can access free waste minimisation education sessions from the Mackay Regional Council's Waste Education Officer.

Published: 19 Jun 2019

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Traffic interruption, corner of Sydney and Victoria streets

Motorists are being asked to avoid the corner of Sydney and Victoria streets tomorrow (Tuesday, June 18) from 1pm.

Published: 17 Jun 2019

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Intersection expected to reopen by 5pm

The intersection of Victoria and Sydney streets, affected by a water leak this morning, is expected to reopen to traffic by 5pm today (June14).

Published: 14 Jun 2019

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Artspace’s most complex exhibition ever takes root

MORE than 1000 Mackay residents, young and old, contributed to the soaring cardboard city that has taken root in Artspace Mackay.

Published: 13 Jun 2019

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City Centre palm cleaning

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre on Monday (June 17).

Published: 13 Jun 2019

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WBBL teams to turn up the Heat in Mackay again

Mackay will host the Brisbane Heat WBBL team for the third season in a row.

Published: 12 Jun 2019

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Harvest celebrations, plastic fish and flood wall art all funded

A giant fish made from marine plastic, a Sugarcane Harvest Celebration event and a flood wall art installation were just some of the projects getting a leg-up at today’s council meeting.

Published: 12 Jun 2019

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eRecruitment outage

eRecruitment will be unavailable from 11am, Wednesday 12 June until 3pm, Friday, June 14 due to scheduled maintenance.

Published: 12 Jun 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week… A Taste of Ireland explores magical tales spanning generations told through Irish music and dance, the MECC will be overflowing with exciting hands-on science exhibits when the Science Circus and their colourful semi-trailer roll into town and check out #MackayPride on display at the Mackay Show next week including the 20 metre long mobile library and the centrepiece of this year’s display: ‘find yourself in a park’ attraction.

Published: 12 Jun 2019

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Register now and save

Council is encouraging residents to swoop in and take advantage of early bird pet registration discounts.

Published: 11 Jun 2019

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Students power vehicles through the night for innovative race

Teams of students will hurtle around a specially designed Palmyra track at speeds of more than 70kmh this weekend (June 8 and 9).

Published: 06 Jun 2019

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Botanic Gardens playground maintenance

The Botanic Gardens Playground will be closed from 6am this Tuesday (June 11) until 8am on Saturday (June 15) for maintenance work.

Published: 06 Jun 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty of things to do around the region this week… Find the perfect role to help the community at the Volunteer Expo on Saturday, celebrate Queensland Day at the Sarina Field of Dream Parklands or take a bus tour to enjoy a delicious Farm and Food Experience.

Published: 06 Jun 2019

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Exploring the lives of forgotten female forebearers

A Mackay Regional Council Libraries project is uncovering the hidden histories of our community’s female ancestors.

Published: 06 Jun 2019

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Connors Road upgrades

Connors Road will be closed between Crichtons Road and Cooks Lane from June 10 to June 23 for road sealing, weather permitting.

Published: 05 Jun 2019

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Council a leader in employee health and wellbeing

Council is taking great strides in promoting the health and wellbeing of its workers.

Published: 03 Jun 2019

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Catch up with councillors over breakfast

Residents are invited to kick off their State of Origin opener preparations by catching up with councillors over breakfast next week.

Published: 31 May 2019

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Sarina hosts joint birthday bash

You're invited to a party to celebrate two milestones – a 160th birthday and a first birthday.

Published: 31 May 2019

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Volunteering offers skills, experiences and friendships

From dog walkers to emergency service personnel, plant propagators to turtle watchers – hundreds of roles are on offer at the Mackay Volunteer Expo.

Published: 30 May 2019

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Work set to start on Mirani infrastructure upgrade

Residents will soon see a flurry of activity as construction starts on the $14 million Mirani Water Recycling Facility (MRWF) upgrade.

Published: 29 May 2019

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Spend a day with the family at Botanic Gardens Day

This year’s Botanic Gardens Day is set to be bigger and better than ever!

Published: 29 May 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week… Hop on The Mackay Aussie Farm and Drinks Tour for a guided whole day tour to enjoy the highlights of our region, come along to the Botanic Gardens Day for bug hunts, activities and celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the hugely popular psychic-medium Peter Williams returns for another tour

Published: 29 May 2019

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How does your garden grow?

A new program is giving ratepayers the opportunity to add a native touch to their gardens.

Published: 28 May 2019

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System outage this weekend

Council would like to advise that there will be system outage from 5pm Friday, May 31 to 4pm Saturday, June 1.

Published: 28 May 2019

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Pool heating delayed

Delays to the installation of heating systems at Pioneer and Memorial Swim Centres have pushed back the reopening of these facilities.

Published: 28 May 2019

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Council makes new plan for reconciliation

Council, as an organisation, is committing to becoming more culturally aware and to provide greater opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.

Published: 27 May 2019

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Mackay waterfront project taking shape with development scheme approved

The revitalisation of Mackay’s waterfront and City Centre have taken another major step forward with the State Government approving council’s proposed development scheme for the Priority Development Area (PDA).

Published: 24 May 2019

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Tree removal will affect traffic flow Norris Road

Motorist are asked to avoid Norris Road, where possible, this Saturday, May 25.

Published: 24 May 2019

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Family Fun Day aims to unite community against DFV

A trio of influential women with powerful messages will be at this weekend’s Mackay Says No Free Family Fun Day.

Published: 23 May 2019

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Ron Camm Bridge traffic disruption

There will be a disruption to traffic on the Ron Camm Bridge during the weekend of Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26.

Published: 23 May 2019

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MACKHACK to assist innovators and start-ups

Central Queenslanders with a passion for developing innovative business solutions will learn the skills to fast track the commercialisation of their ideas thanks to an exciting new Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Accelerator Program in Mackay called MACKHACK.

Published: 23 May 2019

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Winged wonders butterfly display

The scene was set for a show, but they say never to work with children or animals.

Published: 22 May 2019

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Visitors to enjoy a taste of the region’s produce

Plans are on track for a juicy development in the local food and agritourism scene, bringing food loving tourists onto farms across the region.

Published: 22 May 2019

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Stage manager and high-achieving dancer tie for bursary

Kaitlyn Crocker stage managed her first MECC show at just 16 years of age.

Published: 22 May 2019

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Published: 22 May 2019

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Mayor to join Premier on a mission to United States

The last time Mayor Greg Williamson took part in a trade mission to the United States it reaped dividends for our region and council is hopeful an upcoming trip will do the same.

Published: 22 May 2019

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New era for Mackay’s iconic Queens Park after STC Debbie

An $8.86 million legacy upgrade of Mackay’s historic Queens Park is now underway as part of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie recovery efforts.

Published: 21 May 2019

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Hearts flutter with excitement for butterfly sanctuary

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Information Centre is being transformed into a live butterfly sanctuary for a limited time.

Published: 17 May 2019

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Council invests thousands into its wastewater system

Council has invested more than $100,000 into its wastewater system to reduce the risk of future sewage overflows.

Published: 16 May 2019

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Botanic Gardens car park upgrades

The Botanic Gardens’ Lagoon Street car park will be closed for the installation of solar lights on Monday (May 20) and Tuesday (May 21).

Published: 16 May 2019

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Arts market stallholder applications closing soon

Rock Paper Scissors Art and Design Market has some vacancies for local artists, designers, foodies, musicians and craft people.

Published: 16 May 2019

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Mackay uses 1700 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water

Mackay residents have been guzzling their H2O.

Published: 15 May 2019

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Ghostly presence felt at historic homestead

The iconic Greenmount Homestead has more than 20,000 historical items - and maybe one ghost.

Published: 15 May 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Come along to the Jayco Italian Street party and experience the celebrations as Mackay transforms into an authentic ‘Little Italy’, Zach Mach Adventure Challenge is back for a fun, action packed day in the Pioneer Valley and Djuki Mala is live at the MECC with a vibrant celebration of ingenuity and energy.

Published: 15 May 2019

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Hundreds of boss drovers at gallery

Roadtrains have largely made boss drovers a thing of the past but 2400 of these seasoned stockmen and women are immortalised in a new exhibition at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 15 May 2019

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Artist talk a real gem

Have you ever wondered what makes a contemporary jeweller tick?

Published: 13 May 2019

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Sod turned at Northern Beaches park

Construction is set to begin on stages one and two of the Camilleri Street District Park Masterplan in the next few weeks.

Published: 13 May 2019

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Gardens car park closed for line marking

The Botanic Gardens’ Lagoon Street car park will be closed on Tuesday, May 14, from 5.30am to noon.

Published: 10 May 2019

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A sign of the times

Two large digital screens to keep the community up to date have been unveiled.

Published: 09 May 2019

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Flood surveys aim to improve disaster preparedness

The floods associated with Cyclone Debbie were some of the most devastating on record.

Published: 09 May 2019

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Published: 08 May 2019

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Bikers to descend on Sarina thanks to grant

BMX in our region is set to ramp up thanks to a pair of Community Grants announced today.

Published: 08 May 2019

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Council meeting live stream

The next ordinary meeting  (Wednesday, November 13) will be live streamed from 10am.

Published: 08 May 2019

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Council goes yellow for road safety

About 1200 people die and around 35,000 are injured on Australian roads each year.

Published: 03 May 2019

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New plant improves Eton’s water supply

The next time you’re in Eton, try the town’s water supply.

Published: 01 May 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Revisit the tradition of cinema under the stars watching Mrs Doubtfire on the lawns of the Mackay Base Hospital, come along to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a laugh and join the legendary Irish folk music duo Foster & Allen live at the MECC.

Published: 01 May 2019

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May set to be a month of action against DFV

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is still the number one callout for general duty police cars in our region.

Published: 01 May 2019

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Festival fever to bring tourists to #MackayinJuly

Published: 30 Apr 2019

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Mackay residents encouraged to Try the 5

The mayor and councillors have officially launched council’s get-active campaign for May today at the Mackay ARC.

Published: 29 Apr 2019

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Catch up with councillors at Marian hotel

Residents are invited to catch up with councillors in Marian this Wednesday (May 1) afternoon.

Published: 29 Apr 2019

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Lights installed on Milton Street

Traffic lights are being installed at the intersection of Milton Street and East Boundary Road.

Published: 26 Apr 2019

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Improved food safety is the goal of new campaign

Council is launching a new program to improve local dining experiences.

Published: 26 Apr 2019

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Published: 24 Apr 2019

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Have a ball with Alfie Langer and Jimmy Maher

Imagine a backyard barbecue with 15 mates, sporting larrikins Alfie (Allan) Langer and Jimmy Maher and the beer they’ll bring with them.

Published: 23 Apr 2019

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Walking city blocks a step in the right direction

Council is encouraging residents to step up, step out and use foot-power on their lunch breaks or while running errands around the City Centre.

Published: 18 Apr 2019

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Anzac Day services around the region

Veterans and students taking part in the Mackay Anzac Day main parade march are being asked to park at Caneland Central this year.

Published: 18 Apr 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Drop in to Artspace tomorrow for your last chance to build a cardboard creation, join local artists and performers for creative activities and live musical entertainment at BMA Kidspace and choose one of 25 Anzac Day services being held across the region next week.

Published: 17 Apr 2019

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Council pools scheduled for upgrades and maintenance

There will be staggered closures of several council aquatic facilities over the cooler months for scheduled maintenance.

Published: 17 Apr 2019

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Bella signs with the Gold Coast SUNS

The Gold Coast SUNS have confirmed that SUNS Academy graduate, Mackay product Lauren Bella, has signed with the club ahead of its inaugural AFLW season.

Published: 16 Apr 2019

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Big plans for Northern Beaches park

Council will begin work on stages one and two of the Camilleri Street District Park Masterplan in late May.

Published: 15 Apr 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Chill out at the River Street Twilight Market this Friday, on Saturday come along to the Kids’ Day at the MECC for a family filled epic day or ‘come and try’ the brand new Mackay ARC for a fun day of activities and entertainment.

Published: 10 Apr 2019

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Sugar Shed shows true spirit

Coming up against the country’s best spirits, Sarina Sugar Shed has brought home more “sweet” accolades for the Mackay region.

Published: 05 Apr 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Come along to the Unlimited Choices event this Friday, April 5 in  Sarina to celebrate Youth Week, Charley Pride, one of the biggest selling country music artists of all time, is performing at the MECC this weekend and gain skills for life at the Easter Intensive holiday swim program at the Mackay ARC next week.

Published: 04 Apr 2019

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Safety improved at Victoria Street intersections

Council is working to improve safety at two intersections on Victoria Street.

Published: 04 Apr 2019

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Youth Week event promises bucking bull and colour blast

A mechanical bull, live DJ, climbing wall, jumping castle and colour blast will combine to make the ultimate Youth Week event.

Published: 04 Apr 2019

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Easter school holiday activities

There is plenty to do over the Easter school holidays… Bring your friends and family to Artspace for lots of fun making cardboard creations to add to the Artspace cardboard community, hop into your local library to create some Easter crafts and buckle up and take the whole family on a fun-filled Kids’ Day at the MECC, plus much more!

Published: 04 Apr 2019

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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: 04 Apr 2019

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Mackay Regional Council’s commercialisation success with MiWater

Mackay Regional Council has just signed a multi-million-dollar commercialisation deal with Australian technology company Taggle Systems.

Published: 03 Apr 2019

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Green waste dumping spikes

Council has noticed an increase in green waste being carelessly dumped around the region.

Published: 02 Apr 2019

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Mayor raises a cuppa for the cause as giant mug arrives in Mackay

A giant Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea mug that has been travelling around the state to encourage people to pop on the kettle for the cause has arrived in Mackay and landed on Mayor Greg Williamson’s desk.

Published: 01 Apr 2019

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Artist puts the tape on for exciting YP event

Buff Diss uses masking tape to create epic geometric street art installations while also staying on the right side of the law.

Published: 01 Apr 2019

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Councillors out and about in Mackay City

Mackay councillors will visit some City Centre businesses this Wednesday (April 3) afternoon during their monthly Council in Community Day.

Published: 01 Apr 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty of things to do around the region this week… Some fantastic live shows at the MECC, Neighbour Day is on at your local library and bring the kids along to Playgroup and Smarty’s Fit Food Fun at the Botanic Gardens.

Published: 27 Mar 2019

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RADF grants make a splash in community

Council has splashed out with a grant towards a large illuminated whale sculpture for Lamberts Beach.

Published: 27 Mar 2019

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Community not consulted on proposed local government reforms

Council is alarmed residents haven’t been consulted on proposed state-wide local government changes, including compulsory preferential voting for elections.

Published: 27 Mar 2019

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Cyclone Debbie anniversary

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 28) will mark two years since Cyclone Debbie wreaked havoc on our region.

Published: 27 Mar 2019

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Cardboard engineers invited to craft art city

A giant, sprawling cardboard colony will grow within the walls of Artspace Mackay.

Published: 21 Mar 2019

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Botanic Gardens car park upgrades

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is completing upgrades to its Lagoon Street car park.

Published: 21 Mar 2019

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Positive point of view as Mackay receives $1.38m lookout upgrade

The North Mackay Rotary Lookout will soon become a “must-see” attraction for the city after the revitalisation project secured funding through Round 4 of the State Government’s successful Building our Regions (BoR) program.

Published: 20 Mar 2019

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Grants to help community stand against domestic violence

A grant of up to $3000 goes a long way when you are hosting a community event for a good cause.

Published: 20 Mar 2019

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Revealed: Top 25 breeds of pooches in our region

Mackay staffy owners are sure to prick their ears at this news - your pooches are the most popular dog breed in the region.

Published: 20 Mar 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Celebrate Harmony Day this Thursday (March 21) by bringing a plate of food to share with members of the community, join world-renowned artists, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan for one of three 'build a house from card' workshops and witness The Sapphires bring their raw energy, fun and emotion with one of Australia’s best-loved stories to the MECC stage.

Published: 20 Mar 2019

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Footpath and traffic disruptions in Milton Street

There will be some disruptions to footpath and road traffic in a section of Milton Street, starting this Sunday (March 17).

Published: 15 Mar 2019

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Grants fund significant community events and regional upgrades

Community groups in the Mackay region received a $93,850 boost thanks to the latest round of council’s Community Grants.

Published: 13 Mar 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Learn how to get your business on Facebook at the Basics of Facebook workshop, Teddy Bear’s Picnic is on this Friday at the Botanic Gardens or take the kids along to Artspace Mackay on Tuesday for BMA Kidspace day of creative activities.

Published: 13 Mar 2019

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Funds to help kids impacted by domestic and family violence

A crucial Mackay women’s support and counselling service currently works with an average of 150 children a year impacted by domestic and family violence.

Published: 12 Mar 2019

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Outages planned for council’s website

Council's eRecruitment will be unavailable from noon, Wednesday, March 13 to 4pm, Sunday March 17 as part of a planned system-wide outage.

Published: 12 Mar 2019

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Council to live stream meeting for first time

There will be new meaning to lights, cameras, action at this week’s council meeting when live streaming begins.

Published: 11 Mar 2019

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Explore the region’s parks and playgrounds

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is encouraging locals to enjoy the great outdoors as part of Parks Week.

Published: 11 Mar 2019

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Kick-start your career with council’s academic bursary

Calling all university students: Here is your chance to gain valuable work experience and financial assistance to help kick-start your career.

Published: 11 Mar 2019

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Ramping up facilities for Mackay boaties

Those who love to get out on the water in the Mackay region are set to benefit from a boost to boat ramp facilities of $1.35million under Round Three of the Morrison Government’s highly successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Published: 08 Mar 2019

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Seniors Expo sites filling fast

Registrations have just opened and the exhibitor list for the Mackay Seniors Expo is filling fast.

Published: 08 Mar 2019

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Investigations begin for Sarina CBD revitalisation

A drone survey of Sarina has been scheduled for March 15 and 16.

Published: 08 Mar 2019

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A day for the whole family at the ARC opening

Mayor Greg Williamson has challenged Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack to a running race rematch.

Published: 07 Mar 2019

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Platypus Beach closed for bridge maintenance

Platypus Beach will be closed on weekdays from March 25 to April 12.

Published: 06 Mar 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Celebrate International Women’s Day at the All About Women Satellite simulcast live in the MECC meeting rooms and the Zonta Mackay International Women’s Day Fundraiser luncheon. The region’s sparkling new Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex) is due to throw its gates open to the public this Saturday, March 9.

Published: 06 Mar 2019

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Councillors active for community day

Mackay councillors will be on the move this Wednesday (March 6) travelling to areas ranging from Rowallan Park to the Northern Beaches.

Published: 04 Mar 2019

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Weekend work starts at Lamberts Beach

Work is progressing at Lamberts Beach and weekend work will start from tomorrow (March 2).

Published: 01 Mar 2019

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Free art projects to help build community resilience

If you live in Midge Point, Koumala and Eton, you have the chance to create some amazing art work and get to know your neighbours.

Published: 28 Feb 2019

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Local events celebrate women

To celebrate the amazing women in our region, council has thrown its support behind a suite of local Queensland Women’s Week events.

Published: 28 Feb 2019

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Lights installed at busy intersection

Traffic lights are being installed at a busy intersection on Bridge Road.

Published: 28 Feb 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region this week...

There is plenty of things to do around the region this week… Don’t miss out on getting yourself some football tickets when both the NRL and AFL head to Mackay and if you are North Queensland Cowboys fan, there is a meet and greet on Thursday evening at Mackay Toyota.

Published: 27 Feb 2019

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Surfing wave pool idea floated for Mackay region

Council is dipping its toe into the water to test if there is any commercial interest in developing a surfing wave pool in the Mackay region.

Published: 27 Feb 2019

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Outages planned for council’s website

Council's eRecruitment will be unavailable from noon, Wednesday, February 27 to 4pm, Sunday March 3 as part of a planned system-wide outage.

Published: 27 Feb 2019

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Mackay ARC grand opening day announced

The region’s sparkling new Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex) is about to throw its gates open to the public.

Published: 27 Feb 2019

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Grasstree Beach boat ramp to receive $900,000 makeover

Boaties hooked on Zelma Bay are set to reel in the benefits of a $900,000 boat ramp upgrade by the Queensland Government.

Published: 26 Feb 2019

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Rising fashion designer awarded bursary

From Mirani State High School to working at high-end fashion label ELLERY, this year’s “Hands On” Bursary recipient is already making his mark in the fashion industry.

Published: 25 Feb 2019

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Botanic Gardens car park upgrades

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is completing upgrades to its car park.

Published: 21 Feb 2019

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Palm cleaning in City Centre

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre tomorrow, Thursday, February 21.

Published: 20 Feb 2019

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Have your say and help us name facilities

Here's your chance to have a say on names for the new aquatic and athletics facilities at the Mackay ARC.

Published: 20 Feb 2019

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Your guide to our new Mackay ARC

The buzz around the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex (ARC) is building faster than Cathy Freeman could run the 400m dash.

Published: 20 Feb 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week.. Celebrate the beauty of every woman as ‘role models’ walk the Real Body Runway at The Just Saying Project, don’t miss exclusive deals at the 2019 Helloworld Travel Expo on Saturday and for the first time in Australia, the hit musical production, Nashville Live, takes you through the history of country music live at the MECC.

Published: 20 Feb 2019

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Forged by Forbes and friendship

They are known as the Forbes Group – 11 local female artists linked through a friendship forged in the drawing classes of Clem Forbes.

Published: 19 Feb 2019

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Greenmount extends opening times

Greenmount Homestead usually shuts its doors to visitors just after noon (12.30pm), but that changed this week.

Published: 15 Feb 2019

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Helicopter spreading reduces mosquito numbers

The recent rain has resulted in high mosquito larvae numbers.

Published: 14 Feb 2019

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Fees and charges announced for Mackay ARC

Fees and charges have been set for the soon-to-be-opened Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex (ARC) community facility at Ooralea.

Published: 13 Feb 2019

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Mountain biking on track for big things

Mountain biking is tipped to reach new heights in the Mackay region.

Published: 13 Feb 2019

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#Top10thingstodo There is plenty of things to do around the region this week…

Published: 13 Feb 2019

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Trees to be removed at Queens Park

Council arborists will begin tree removals at Queens Park this week, weather permitting.

Published: 13 Feb 2019

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Sun to shine at Sports Expo

Despite the wet weather, the sun will shine at the Sports Expo and Sign-on Day this weekend with two Gold Coast Suns players confirmed as special guests.

Published: 08 Feb 2019

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New footpath in Sarina improves safety

A new footpath is being constructed in Sarina, along Hoey and East streets.

Published: 08 Feb 2019

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System outage this weekend

Council would like to advise that there will be system outage from 6am Saturday, February 9 to 7am Sunday, February 10.

Published: 07 Feb 2019

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Celebrate the Year of the Pig in the Mackay City Centre

Happy Chinese New Year!

Published: 07 Feb 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week. Come along to Jenn J McLeod’s author visit telling the story of how she is fulfilling her lifelong ambition to write and the 2019 Sports Expo & Sign-on Day is here this Sunday for locals to get involved with a sport, club or recreational pursuit

Published: 06 Feb 2019

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JLT Community Series tickets on sale

Tickets to the 2019 JLT Community Series, including a blockbuster in Mackay, are officially on sale.

Published: 05 Feb 2019

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Councillors out and about in community

Mackay councillors have hit the ground running in 2019 when it comes to visiting all parts of the region.

Published: 04 Feb 2019

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Memorial and Pioneer pools open earlier

Early bird swimmers are now able to complete their morning laps half-an-hour earlier at Memorial and Pioneer pools.

Published: 01 Feb 2019

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Anglers pledge to protect NFZ

Mackay recreational fishers are kicking off the barramundi open season with a pledge to protect their Net Free Zone (NFZ).

Published: 30 Jan 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

This Sunday check out Mackay's longest running bridal fair with everything for a couple's journey from engagement to wedding to honeymoon and beyond and escape the rain this weekend and explore three fantastic exhibitions on show at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 30 Jan 2019

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Generous voice behind microphone is Citizen of the Year

Mackay’s 2019 Citizen of the Year Meecham Philpott is best known as the booming voice behind a microphone, either on radio or at sporting and community events.

Published: 25 Jan 2019

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Gold Coast SUNS launch NQ membership

The Gold Coast SUNS today launched its membership category built specifically for footy fans in North Queensland.

Published: 25 Jan 2019

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Practise pool safety this Australia Day

With Australia Day fast approaching, council is reminding residents to practise pool safety.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week, this Friday night join us to celebrate and recognise our local heroes at the Australia Day Awards Gala Dinner, come along to one of 10 council supported Australia Day events across the region and check out your local library for the last week of school holiday activities.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Top 10 free Australia Day events in Mackay region

When the proactive Slade Point Neighbourhood Watch Community Group started planning an Australia Day event, Lamberts Beach was the logical choice for a venue.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Tireless volunteers receive accolades

Tireless volunteers who helped during the recent bushfire crisis in our region are among nominations for this year’s Mackay Regional Council Australia Day Awards.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Golden guest to join awards party

Mackay will have a golden ambassador helping the region celebrate Australia Day.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Sign on at sports expo

Players from Mackay’s National Premier League (NPL) football (soccer team) Magpies Crusaders United will have plenty to chat with fans about at a popular sports expo next month.

Published: 23 Jan 2019

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Restoration to tackle erosion issues at Lamberts Beach

Major beach restoration at Lamberts Beach is scheduled to start next week.

Published: 21 Jan 2019

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Give a shout out to Sarina’s unsung wonder women

Every year, in the first week of March, Sarina goes all out to celebrate everyday women who do exceptional things.

Published: 21 Jan 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region this week...

Don’t miss the last week of Movie Matinees, Curious Creature Creations, Re-Purposed Pot Planters at Mackay Regional Council Libraries to keep the kids entertained as the school holidays start to come to an end.

Published: 16 Jan 2019

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$70,000 funding pool open now to local creatives

Creative residents have the opportunity to tap into a $70,000 funding pool if they act before Wednesday, February 13.

Published: 16 Jan 2019

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Time running out to apply for $4000 arts bursary

Applications for Artspace Mackay Foundation’s $4000 Hands On Bursary close this coming Monday (January 21).

Published: 14 Jan 2019

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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: 14 Jan 2019

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New bikeway improves access to Bluewater Trail

Council will start work on a new bikeway linking Ron Camm Bridge to Bluewater Trail early next month.

Published: 11 Jan 2019

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Drop in for hands-on school holiday fun at Artspace

Children are being encouraged to embrace their creative side these school holidays with free, hands-on, drop-in activities at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 09 Jan 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There is plenty to do around the region this week, Mackay City Centre’s Active Kids in the City program has something fun for everyone during these school holidays, children aged five to 12 years old are invited come along to any craft session at the local library to create some curious creatures and the Botanic Gardens are calling all artists aged 10-17 years old to create a canvas art that reflects the theme “Nature” for a chance to be showcased in the February Lagoons Gallery art exhibition and to be in the draw to win a $50 voucher.

Published: 09 Jan 2019

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Bursary opens doors for budding entertainers

Performing arts in Mackay owe much to the late Jack Sturgeon.

Published: 08 Jan 2019

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$86,000 available to boost community groups

If your community group has a big idea, exciting project or drawcard event, then council might be able to chip in up to $10,000.

Published: 08 Jan 2019

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Top 10 things to do around the region

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

Published: 02 Jan 2019

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Practice food safety this Christmas

No one wants to be “driving the porcelain bus”, “calling for Ralph” or having a “technicoloured yawn” this Christmas.

Published: 20 Dec 2018

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Adopt a pet for Christmas

Council is asking residents that are planning to add a four-legged friend to their family over the festive season, to consider adoption instead.

Published: 20 Dec 2018

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New Year’s Eve River Party will be a “Hoot”!

Combine some famous owl pals with four experienced rockers and a rising 18-year-old local songstress and you have a New Year’s Eve party to suit everyone.

Published: 18 Dec 2018

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Register.Find.Reunite. launched to reunite families and friends

Red Cross has opened Register.Find.Reunite. and is urging people affected by SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE OWEN WEATHER SYSTEM to get in touch with their families and friends.

Published: 14 Dec 2018

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Tree to be removed at Marian

A large Cassia tree at Marian is being removed for safety reasons.

Published: 14 Dec 2018

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Young ambassadors wanted for Japanese sister city tour

Council is seeking motivated young people to represent our region in our Japanese sister city, Matsuura.

Published: 07 Dec 2018

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