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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: 14 Jul 2020

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Binning your gas bottle could have explosive results

Council is reminding residents to not put barbecue gas bottles into their wheelie bins.

Published: 14 Jul 2020

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Council committed to improving the region’s parks

While upgrades to Northview Park and Queens Park have received plenty of attention recently, council is also working hard to improve the region’s smaller parks and playgrounds.

Published: 13 Jul 2020

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Selfless Seniors nominations extended

Nominations for the Selfless Seniors photo exhibition project have been extended until July 20.

Published: 10 Jul 2020

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COVID Recovery Assistance Grants extended

Not-for-profits in our region that have been impacted by COVID-19 have a little longer to reach out for financial assistance from council.

Published: 10 Jul 2020

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Festival Sessions to bring entertainment back

The MECC is bringing entertainment back to the Mackay region in August.

Published: 10 Jul 2020

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Libraries lead the way

If you have ever had a question regarding our local indigenous culture then now is your chance to ask it!

Published: 09 Jul 2020

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Council awards ‘Incredable’ contract

Council has awarded the contract to operate its Resource Recovery Facility at Paget to Incredable Ltd for a further three years.

Published: 08 Jul 2020

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Sarina parks to receive new lease on life

Two parks in Sarina are set for a makeover over the next few months.

Published: 07 Jul 2020

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Online services outage

Council would like to advise that there will be a system outage from 6pm to 9pm, tonight (July 6).

Published: 06 Jul 2020

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Council facilities prepare for stage three

Council's facilities are preparing to ease restrictions in line with the Queensland Government’s stage three COVID-19 step-down approach.

Published: 03 Jul 2020

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Survey checks ‘pulse’ of Mackay residents during COVID-19

About one-third of Mackay region residents have had their employment negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 02 Jul 2020

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Park upgrades fit for a Queen

The temporary fencing has started coming down at Queens Park, marking the final stages of an $8.86 million revitalisation program to transform the popular recreation space.

Published: 01 Jul 2020

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Character Heritage Advisory Committee calls for nominations

Council is keen to hear from locals who are passionate about our region’s heritage.

Published: 01 Jul 2020

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Garbage trucks transformed into moving billboards

Council’s garbage trucks are no longer just picking up the trash – they’re also enticing residents and visitors to Discover Mackay.

Published: 29 Jun 2020

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Daily Mercury historic archives to live on

It's a collection that spans more than 70 metres across a room and more than 120 years in time.

Published: 26 Jun 2020

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New tours brewing at tourist facility

A local tourism hot spot is increasing their number of tours to full capacity to keep up with demand.

Published: 25 Jun 2020

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Mackay region not-for-profits to get $1.2 million

From today (Thursday, June 25), not-for-profits in our region that have been impacted by COVID-19 can reach out for financial assistance from council.

Published: 25 Jun 2020

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Council investment to help stimulate economy during recovery

It was important for council to invest in infrastructure and the community, despite the challenges created by COVID-19, Mayor Greg Williamson said.

Published: 24 Jun 2020

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Budget includes $7 million in COVID-19 support

Mackay Regional Council’s 2020-2021 Budget includes about $7 million in measures to assist businesses and residents during recovery from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 24 Jun 2020

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Council to collect no more rates revenue in 2020-2021

Almost 60 per cent of Mackay ratepayers will pay no more rates in 2020-2021 than they did this financial year.

Published: 24 Jun 2020

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Selfless seniors to be recognised in exhibition

Whether as volunteers, creatives, mentors, leaders, philanthropists or carers – seniors make an undeniable contribution to the way of life we value in our region.

Published: 24 Jun 2020

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Parking permits go digital

The PayStay app and website will soon be able to accommodate parking permit bookings.

Published: 23 Jun 2020

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Share your pet photos with council

Council is encouraging residents to share photos of how they practise responsible pet ownership to help raise awareness in the community.

Published: 23 Jun 2020

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Restrictions ease at aquatic facilities

Mackay's swimmers can start stretching as restrictions continue to ease at two of the region’s aquatic facilities.

Published: 19 Jun 2020

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Council to write COVID-19 stories into regional history

This year will go down in history and council is determined to capture local stories as part of that history.

Published: 19 Jun 2020

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Gordon White Library reopens with a new look

When Gordon White Library was being built, the bug of the day was Y2K.

Published: 17 Jun 2020

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Gorge Road upgrade on track

Upgrades to Gorge Road are due to start as part of the Gorge Road Rehabilitation project.

Published: 17 Jun 2020

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Rugby club’s plans for Cathy Freeman Oval

Slade Point Rugby Union Club plans to fence its field at Cathy Freeman Oval and build a spectator mound.

Published: 16 Jun 2020

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Employment opportunities at your fingertips

Mackay Region Joblink currently has more than 1200 local jobs on offer.

Published: 15 Jun 2020

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“Sweet” facility reopens in time for school holidays

One of the region’s most popular tourist destinations is about to reopen after being closed for almost 12 weeks

Published: 11 Jun 2020

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Finishing touches being put on Mackay Resources Centre of Excellence

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick has this morning inspected the finishing touches at the $7 million Mackay Resources Centre of Excellence.

Published: 11 Jun 2020

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Grant helps cancer patients look and feel better

A program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side effects caused by treatment received a $7000 boost today.

Published: 10 Jun 2020

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Stormwater drains to undergo artistic transformation

Artworks are set to decorate 10 key stormwater drains in our region thanks to a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Green Arts grant approved today.

Published: 10 Jun 2020

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Mackay Waterfront EOI process to test appetite for private investment

Six council-owned freehold sites in the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) are earmarked as potential catalysts for exciting inner-city projects.

Published: 10 Jun 2020

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Show holiday 2020 date approved

Council’s request to move the 2020 Mackay Show public holiday from Thursday, June 18, to Friday, August 14, has been officially approved.

Published: 05 Jun 2020

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Water main realignment works on Hume Street

Council will be undertaking water main realignment works in Hume Street over the next three weeks to replace an aged water main.

Published: 05 Jun 2020

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Botanic Gardens’ car park partial closure

The Botanic Gardens’ main entrance car park on Lagoon Street will be partially closed on Monday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 9.

Published: 04 Jun 2020

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Ball Bay Road reconstruction

Council has started works on the Ball Bay Road reconstruction project.

Published: 04 Jun 2020

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Council facilities open for business

Council's timeline for reopening its public facilities has been accelerated.

Published: 02 Jun 2020

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Little Jasper proves to be the “paw-fect” companion

Carol Free spotted Maltese-cross Jasper on council’s Facebook page and fell in love with him instantly.

Published: 29 May 2020

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Book your spot in Libraries’ new digital clubs

Have you ever had a passionate conversation with someone over the shared love of a book?

Published: 29 May 2020

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Palm cleaning in City Centre

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre next Monday (June 1).

Published: 28 May 2020

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Dry conditions and high outdoor usage spark large water bills

Council wish to clear up any confusion surrounding the recent water bill notices.

Published: 27 May 2020

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Mackay Show holiday on the move

This Mayoral Minute, supported unanimously at an ordinary meeting of council, provides background to the decision.

Published: 27 May 2020

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Fees waived to support businesses impacted by COVID-19

Council will waive fees and charges totalling more than $1 million for the 2020-2021 financial year to help support businesses impacted by COVID-19 social restrictions.

Published: 27 May 2020

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Council responds to vegetation vandalism at Shoal Point

Nine large trees on the esplanade at Shoal Point have been cut down with a chainsaw.

Published: 27 May 2020

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Sydney Street night works to begin

Council will begin night works on Sydney Street, between River and Shakespeare streets, next week to investigate an aged water main that requires replacement.

Published: 22 May 2020

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New play equipment on the way

Council will start work installing new play equipment in Corella Way Park from next week.

Published: 22 May 2020

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Festivals cancelled for 2020

Council has made the tough decision to cancel two of our region’s most popular festivals in 2020.

Published: 18 May 2020

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Enormous 'ragberg' pulled from sewers

Council is once again reminding residents to only flush the three Ps down the toilet: Pee, Poo and (toilet) Paper.

Published: 15 May 2020

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Libraries to reopen in stages

Book worms rejoice – residents will once again be able to access our region’s libraries from next Monday (May 18).

Published: 14 May 2020

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Pools prepare to reopen

Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC) and Pioneer Swim Centre will reopen to the public from Wednesday, May 20.

Published: 14 May 2020

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Help keep our region clean

General use of the region’s parks has increased dramatically since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions and the onset of cooler weather.

Published: 14 May 2020

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Survey to assess impacts of COVID-19 pandemic in Mackay

An independent COVID-19 Community Pulse Survey is about to begin to assess the impact of coronavirus and its social distancing restrictions on the Mackay community.

Published: 13 May 2020

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myh2o website can save you costly water bills

Water bills will begin trickling into mail boxes from this week.

Published: 12 May 2020

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Mackay City Centre footpath resealing

Council will be undertaking footpath resealing during night works in the City Centre.

Published: 11 May 2020

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Nursery leads the way in water conservation

The Mackay Natural Environment Centre (MNEC) is leading the way when it comes to sustainable water use.

Published: 07 May 2020

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Bluewater Trail partial closure

The Bluewater Trail will be partially closed from early May until mid-June to undertake necessary bridge repair works.

Published: 06 May 2020

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Water supply interruption at Blacks Beach

Residents of Pacific Drive and surrounding streets at Blacks Beach will experience an interruption to their water supply next week as council undertakes works on the water main.

Published: 05 May 2020

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Emergency news at your fingertips

Residents can now opt-in to receive up-to-date local information during disasters.

Published: 30 Apr 2020

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COVID-19 means council meetings not ‘ordinary’

Social distancing requirements mean ordinary meetings of council will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

Published: 30 Apr 2020

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Libraries provide free one-on-one study help

A Mackay Regional Council Library program that helps students with essays and schoolwork is expected to be a hit with students studying from home.

Published: 21 Apr 2020

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Council video honours Anzac veterans

Australian's will be paying their respects on Anzac Day in a very different way this year.

Published: 21 Apr 2020

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Social distancing prompts unprecedented council meeting move

Coronavirus social distancing requirements mean the first statutory meeting of the new council will be held in a different setting at the MECC on Wednesday (April 22).

Published: 17 Apr 2020

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Leisure Street traffic island installation

Council is installing a traffic island at the Bridge Road and Leisure Street intersection.

Published: 17 Apr 2020

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Victor Creek boat ramp upgrades

Upgrade works are scheduled to take place at Victor Creek boat ramp from next week.

Published: 17 Apr 2020

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Funding secured for new boat ramp

The State Government has announced a $1 million funding boost for Mackay Regional Council to build a new public boat ramp at Slade Point.

Published: 15 Apr 2020

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Platypus Beach closed

Platypus Beach at Mirani is being closed from today due to Coronavirus social distancing requirements.

Published: 09 Apr 2020

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Anzac Day has gone digital

Residents are being asked to pay their respects from the comfort of their own home this Anzac Day.

Published: 08 Apr 2020

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Ever-changing libraries go digital

Mackay Regional Council Libraries are enacting their ever-changing philosophy by producing digital episodes of their First 5 Forever programs.

Published: 03 Apr 2020

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Council dives into digital engagement

Council staff are becoming stars of the small screen as the organisation moves to engage with residents in the digital realm.

Published: 03 Apr 2020

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Don’t “rum” out – Sugar Shed delivers

The Sarina Sugar Shed might be closed to the public, but customers don’t need to worry about “rumming” out of their favourite products.

Published: 03 Apr 2020

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Local Produce is essential to the community in COVID-19 crisis

The Greater Whitsunday Food Network (GWFN) continue to operate the Farmers’ Market held at Bluewater Quay in Mackay every Wednesday morning providing an essential food shopping service for local farmers to sell produce grown, raised and caught in the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region.

Published: 02 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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Top 10 things to do...

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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Top 10 things to do...

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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Top 10 things to do...

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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