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MECC supports local RSPCA

It's not often you can swap dog treats for a theatre ticket – but that’s exactly what’s happening next week at the MECC.

Published: 23 Jul 2021

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NRL Telstra Premiership Round 20-21 Schedule

The National Rugby League (NRL) has released the revised schedule for Rounds 20 and 21 of the NRL Telstra Premiership, headlined by a mini magic triple header in Brisbane and matches in regional centres Mackay and Rockhampton.

Published: 23 Jul 2021

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A greener future for our neighbourhoods

Council's Mackay Natural Environment Centre has given away more than 19,700 plants to ratepayers, schools and community groups over the last year as part of the Free Native Plant Program.

Published: 22 Jul 2021

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Savour Seaforth invites music lovers to dust off their picnic blankets

You are invited to savour the seaside air, the soulful sounds of local musicians and the treasures of crafty marketeers at the newest Mackay Festival of Arts event, Savour Seaforth.

Published: 22 Jul 2021

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12hr water interruption for Midge Point

Residents and businesses in Midge Point will experience a 12-hour water interruption on Tuesday, July 27 from 7.30am until 7.30pm.

Published: 22 Jul 2021

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Revitalised laneway the backdrop for future events

Music festivals, market stalls and dining are all possibilities for council’s newly revitalised laneway in the City Centre.

Published: 21 Jul 2021

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Popular back road closed for rehabilitation works

Residents should be aware that rehabilitation works are planned for popular back road Glenella-Richmond Road.

Published: 20 Jul 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Celebrate the culmination of the Mackay Festival of Arts this week with a bunch of festivities set to delight young and old. Experience DBCT Illuminate along the Bluewater Trail at night, head out to Seaforth for a beachside Sunday session or check out the local talent in upcoming theatre performances.

Published: 19 Jul 2021

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Artists encouraged to get “on their marks” for the 2022 Libris Awards

Artspace Mackay is counting down to the opening of the premier national artists’ book prize, the Libris Awards.

Published: 16 Jul 2021

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Book in now for your DBCT Illuminate experience

More than 6000 residents have already booked their spot to experience the spectacle of lights, art and interaction that is DBCT Illuminate.

Published: 16 Jul 2021

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Water main renewal works scheduled for Bedford Road

Increased water supply for residents in Andergrove is on the way thanks to water main renewal works scheduled to start on Bedford Road from Monday (July 19).

Published: 15 Jul 2021

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Festival of Arts is going down swinging

When a feast of pastries and gourmet delicacies melds with a smorgasbord of musical theatre classics, it can only mean one thing – it’s Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch time!

Published: 14 Jul 2021

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Queens Park slides close for warranty repairs

Council has been forced to close the skywalk play area in Queens Park in the interest of public safety.

Published: 14 Jul 2021

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How Mackay residents are faring with COVID-19 a year on

The impact of COVID-19 on travel has replaced employment as the top concern for the future of Mackay residents about 18 months into the pandemic.

Published: 14 Jul 2021

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Northern Beaches traffic planning a key action of transport strategy

Planning for growth in the Northern Beaches is one of the key priorities of a comprehensive new transport strategy for the Mackay region.

Published: 14 Jul 2021

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School holiday success for Sarina Sugar Shed

During a difficult period for the state’s tourism and hospitality industry, Sarina Sugar Shed continues to go from strength to strength, achieving record visitation for the recent school holiday period.

Published: 14 Jul 2021

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Colourful visitors flock to Mackay City Centre

Mackay City Centre has its share of rooftop birds – lorikeets, doves, pigeons and pee wees – but it’s never seen anything like what’s flying in this week.

Published: 13 Jul 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

The Mackay Festival of Arts is in full swing as locals prepare to celebrate all things art and culture, from silent disco tours to live performances and the ever-popular G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day. There’s also a heap of regular events being held across council facilities to ensure there’s something for everyone!

Published: 12 Jul 2021

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G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day calls in replacement headliner

Shannon Noll is locked down in Sydney, but thirsty revellers have more than “20 Good Reasons” to get excited about his G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day replacement.

Published: 12 Jul 2021

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Water supply interruption at Marian

Council wishes to advise Marian residents and businesses of an interruption to water supply.

Published: 09 Jul 2021

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Council offers subsidised fitness classes in rural locations

From group fitness classes on the Sarina Range to yoga and pilates at Finch Hatton, council is offering rural localities affordable, subsidised ways to beat the bulge.

Published: 09 Jul 2021

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Brisbane Heat to return this summer

The WBBL Brisbane Heat will make a triumphant return to Mackay this summer as well as breaking new ground at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium.

Published: 08 Jul 2021

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Trees to be planted near trail

The beautiful Bluewater Trail will be the focus of this year’s National Tree Day in Mackay.

Published: 06 Jul 2021

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Improved safety for pedestrians and students in South Mackay

Permanent traffic changes in South Mackay will provide improved road safety for pedestrians and school students.

Published: 06 Jul 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s some great events happening around the region in the coming week. See a brilliant show full of local talent with Heading North, grab some cool sporting goods at the final Know Your Burb park activation in Glenella, or enjoy story time with a four-legged friend at the Gordon White Library.

Published: 05 Jul 2021

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Guru to transport residents to an uninhibited disco world

The idea of dancing your way through the streets of the Mackay City Centre, serenading diners and group-singing hit songs might not seem like everyone’s cup of tea – but give it a chance.

Published: 05 Jul 2021

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COVID-19 Hardship Grants open for groups doing it tough

Council is extending a $250,000 lifeline to not-for-profits in our region that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Published: 05 Jul 2021

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NAIDOC Week welcomes most streamed First Nations pop artist

He attended high school on the banks of the Murray River and went without food to fund the six hours of travel to get to his singing lessons each Saturday.

Published: 05 Jul 2021

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Kuttabul Transfer Station closed this weekend

Kuttabul Transfer Station will be closed this weekend due to roadworks occurring on the Bruce Highway.

Published: 02 Jul 2021

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CSA - Top 10 things to do in the region - June 29

With school holidays here, there’s a buzz of activity happening for all ages right across Mackay! Grab some freebies at the Know Your Burb park activations, enjoy three exciting shows at the MECC and enjoy a conversation about the latest artwork on display at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 29 Jun 2021

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NAIDOC Ceremony welcomes special guest

Council's NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony will feature a performance by one of Australia’s elite contemporary dancers.

Published: 29 Jun 2021

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All local musical to take audiences north

One of our region’s most celebrated musicians just happened to say during a concert that he’d love for his songs to be used in a musical.

Published: 29 Jun 2021

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Council launches new platform inspired by “burbing” phenomenon

According to Mayor Greg Williamson the inspiration for council’s newest free online resource, “Know Your Burb”, came from residents’ efforts to exercise during lockdown.

Published: 25 Jun 2021

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Council’s budget returns to surplus

Council's $298 million budget is forecast to return to surplus in 2021-2022 following COVID-impacted deficits for the past two years.

Published: 23 Jun 2021

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Budget provides boost in community grants

Council's new budget provides for $700,000 in community grants, including a COVID-19 hardship grant for not-for-profit sporting and community groups.

Published: 23 Jun 2021

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Signature projects funded in $109.5 million capital works program

A $5.4 million upgrade of the Milton and Archibald streets intersection is one of the major projects of a $109.5 million capital works program budgeted for in 2021-2022.

Published: 23 Jun 2021

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Public art continues to grow thanks to council funding

Three new public art installations have received a green light thanks to council’s Activate My Place Grant program.

Published: 23 Jun 2021

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Business mentoring on offer for Pioneer Valley

Business owners in Eungella and Finch Hatton are being invited to take part in a Small Business Mentoring Program, free of charge.

Published: 21 Jun 2021

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School holiday activities - June 2021

Ensure the kids are kept entertained these school holidays, with a host of fun and exciting activities across the region.

Published: 21 Jun 2021

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Vikings to battle at new Eungella event

The clamour of Vikings doing battle in full armour will echo throughout the Eungella township thanks to an exciting new event, which received council support this week.

Published: 15 Jun 2021

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Intersection upgrade works continue to progress

Drainage works at the intersection of Milton and Archibald streets are set to commence this month.

Published: 15 Jun 2021

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Scramble crossing complete at busy intersection

The scramble crossing at the intersection of Milton and Alfred streets is now operational in time for the popular Mackay Show.

Published: 14 Jun 2021

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Council gears up for its best show display yet

Council's Mackay Show display has shifted up a few gears this year.

Published: 14 Jun 2021

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Pathway works continue at Seaforth

Works on stages two and three of Yakapari-Seaforth Road shared pathway are under way.

Published: 14 Jun 2021

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Top 10 things to do in the region

There’s plenty of things happening across Mackay this week to keep you busy! Begin your watercolour journey with a workshop at the Gordon White Library, enjoy Australia’s hottest tap dance sensation when the Tap Pack comes to the MECC and learn how to set realistic financial goals thanks to a Neighbourhood Hub initiative.

Published: 14 Jun 2021

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City Centre palm tree maintenance

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre this Saturday (June 12).

Published: 10 Jun 2021

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Mackay Regional Council and Mackay Tourism would like your opinion

As the tourism industry in the Mackay region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mackay Tourism and Mackay Regional Council is seeking feedback from residents.

Published: 08 Jun 2021

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Top 10 things to do in the region

From a Buble’-inspired musical show to comedian Jimeoin at the MECC, through to book clubs, farmers markets and new exhibitions at Artspace Mackay and Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in the region this week!

Published: 07 Jun 2021

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Play a role in Festival’s biggest spectacle

The Mackay Festivals team are looking for two exuberant individuals to help pull the strings of a giant illuminated puppet at DBCT Illuminate.

Published: 04 Jun 2021

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Bloomsbury customers asked to monitor water use

Council wishes to advise customers in the Bloomsbury area there is a potential disruption to water supply because of a pump failure at the raw water bore.

Published: 04 Jun 2021

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Works For Queensland funding boosts Mackay liveability projects

A redevelopment of Seaforth Esplanade and stage one of Woodlands District Park, including a pump track, at Andergrove have been given a funding boost thanks to the State Government’s Works For Queensland program.

Published: 02 Jun 2021

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Drones hover above the region’s landfill sites

Council's Waste Services will be using a drone to conduct environmental testing at 16 landfill sites across the region, starting tomorrow.

Published: 01 Jun 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Are you looking for something to do over the next week? There is plenty on offer with a special movie screening for Reconciliation Week, new art exhibitions and activities for the little ones at the libraries

Published: 31 May 2021

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Pet registration discount available until June 30

Pet owners who want to claim a discount on their pet registration will need to register before June 30.

Published: 31 May 2021

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Botanic Gardens puts flora and fauna in the spotlight

Make friends with native wildlife, learn how to transform your household recycling into beautiful works of art for your garden and pick up some helpful tips that will make your gardens flourish.

Published: 31 May 2021

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Application to acquire reserve land aims to rectify encroachment

Council is conducting community consultation on a request to acquire part of a reserve at Ocean Avenue, Slade Point, to resolve a long-standing encroachment.

Published: 28 May 2021

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Council grant to help replace much-loved statue

Council have stepped up to the tune of $30,000 to help replace one of the Pioneer Valley’s most iconic landmarks.

Published: 28 May 2021

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Turning lane and pedestrian refuge island planned for Grendon Street

Permanent traffic changes are being made to Grendon Street in North Mackay to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow in the area.

Published: 27 May 2021

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Economic stimulus policy to be reviewed early

Council has brought forward a review of an economic stimulus policy.

Published: 26 May 2021

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Drop-in sessions at libraries to discuss flood risk management

Council is currently conducting community engagement on a new Mackay Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

Published: 25 May 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Are you looking for something to do over the next week? There is plenty on offer with special movie screenings for Reconciliation Week, new art exhibitions and activities for the little ones at the libraries.

Published: 24 May 2021

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Local artist and composer bring Arabian Desert to Artspace

Continuum is a triumphant collaboration between two talented locals – an internationally exhibited digital media artist and an internationally recognised classical music producer.

Published: 24 May 2021

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Asset inspection planned for kerb, channel and pathway infrastructure

A specialised electronic tool is set to hit the road on Monday (May 24) to capture detailed footage of council’s kerb and channel as well as pathway infrastructure.

Published: 21 May 2021

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Online Services Outage

Council would like to advise that online services will not be accessible on Sunday, May 23, from 2pm until 10pm due to a full system outage.

Published: 20 May 2021

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Mayor’s Charity Ball shakes off COVID blues to tune of more than $100,000

Calculators are still being tapped furiously to come up with a final tally, but it appears the 2021 Mackay Mayor’s Charity Ball has raised more than $100,000 for charity.

Published: 19 May 2021

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Concept for the new recreation hub showcases Seaforth’s potential

Following extensive consultation with the community, council is excited to unveil the concept design for the new recreation hub in Seaforth Esplanade Reserve.

Published: 17 May 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Are you looking for something to do over the next week? Enjoy watching locals perform the Mamma Mia musical, embrace your own musical talents with a class at the Mackay libraries or enjoy three exciting new exhibitions at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 17 May 2021

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Section of Goldsmith Street closed to traffic

Culvert replacement works will commence next week on Goldsmith Street and McKenney Street in South Mackay.

Published: 17 May 2021

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Planned works for Eungella Dam Road

Council wishes to advise that works are scheduled to start on Eungella Dam Road from Monday (May 17).

Published: 14 May 2021

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Fantastic free Party in the Park for young families

This Tuesday morning (May 18) is not the time to stay at home and try and keep the kids entertained with their usual toys and activities.

Published: 13 May 2021

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System outage

Council would like to advise that there will be system outage from 7am, Saturday, May 15, to 6pm, Sunday, May 16.

During this time, access to online services (Infringements, MP5 Reporting, Rates, Payments, Contracts, Vacancies, MiMaps and Planning sites) will be unavailable.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Published: 12 May 2021

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Water supply interruption at Marian

Council wishes to advise Marian residents and businesses of an interruption to water supply.

Published: 10 May 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Are you looking for something to do over the next week? Check out new volunteering opportunities at the Volunteer Expo, learn more about the services and playgroups in Mackay, enjoy watching locals perform the Mamma Mia musical and get crafty with plastic bottles at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Published: 10 May 2021

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COVID survey to check ‘pulse’ of Mackay community 12 months on

An independent COVID-19 Community Pulse Survey will provide a snapshot of how the Mackay community is faring compared to 12 months ago.

Published: 10 May 2021

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Volunteer Expo moves to “big” new location

From firefighters to dog walkers, ushers to historians, lifesavers to environmentalists and everything in between – the Mackay Volunteer Expo will have a role to suit everyone.

Published: 10 May 2021

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Festival program drops with diverse offerings of true-blue talent

No one should be belting out “What about me?” once they get a Bo Peep at the official Mackay Festival of Arts program, which drops tomorrow (Saturday, May 8).

Published: 07 May 2021

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Bakers Creek culvert works starting next week

Council wishes to inform residents and motorists that from Monday (May 10), culvert works will begin on Main Street, Bakers Creek.

Published: 07 May 2021

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Fitness providers needed for Activate Mackay Region program

Council is calling on fitness providers to help Mackay residents get active and moving.

Published: 07 May 2021

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Myh2o can help save water and money

Have you been watching the flow of your h2o?

Published: 05 May 2021

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Libraries want feedback to stay on same page as community

Mackay Regional Council Libraries want your feedback and your library wish list.

Published: 05 May 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

There’s so much happening around Mackay this week. Enjoy a Beatles tribute concert at the MECC, be the first to see the Sarina Art Gallery’s new exhibition, enjoy Storytime with a difference at the Gordon White Library and be entertained at the Mayor’s Charity Ball 2021.

Published: 04 May 2021

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Midge Point community information session

Midge Point residents are being invited to attend a community information session next week (May 6) to learn more about recent and future water supply improvement works.

Published: 30 Apr 2021

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Online tool makes checking property’s flood risk simple

A new simple online tool means checking a Mackay region property’s flood hazard risk is just a few clicks away.

Published: 30 Apr 2021

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Artspace’s collection goes digital

Residents can now curate their own digital art exhibition from more than 620 works with the click of a mouse.

Published: 30 Apr 2021

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Mirani Community Precinct planning reaches milestone

The concept of a redeveloped Mirani Community Precinct is taking shape.

Published: 28 Apr 2021

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Local laws amended

Increases to poultry numbers, dog off-leash areas and the infringement penalty for disabled parking areas are just some of the amended local laws adopted at today’s council meeting.

Published: 28 Apr 2021

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Take a drive back in time up the Valley

Following the success of a self-guided heritage tour of Mackay’s City Centre and Waterfront a similar driving one has been developed for the Pioneer Valley.

Published: 28 Apr 2021

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Clubs gifted one-stop-shop for support

Clubs in the Mackay region now have a one-stop-shop for information, guidance and support.

Published: 27 Apr 2021

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Get on your bike and comment on Eungella local area planning

Community input is being sought for a local area planning framework for Eungella to support the township becoming a trail town as part of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Biking project.

Published: 27 Apr 2021

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New plant to improve Koumala’s water supply

Koumala residents will soon benefit from an upgraded water treatment facility.

Published: 23 Apr 2021

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New gym equipment on the way at Ooralea

Council is about to start work on stage two of the Canecutters Drive Park upgrade.

Published: 23 Apr 2021

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Pioneer River levee bank to be extended

Council is undertaking work to reduce the risk of flooding in West Mackay by extending the levee bank on the Pioneer River.

Published: 22 Apr 2021

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Rural residents encouraged to stay alert for wild dogs

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

Published: 21 Apr 2021

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Eungella residents express recovery from harrowing bushfires through art and film

Colleen James and other members of the Eungella township will come together in healing this Saturday (April, 24) to launch an art exhibition, film and book commemorating their recovery from the devastating bushfires that ravaged the community in 2018.

Published: 21 Apr 2021

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Council announce Party in the Park

Most parents are in the dark when it comes to what support services are available to them.

Published: 21 Apr 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Check out the wide range of activities on offer across the region, featuring council facilities and programs. Enjoy singing and dancing with the kids at Libraries’ Baby Bounce, discover how to set financial goals and don’t forget the Anzac Day services around the region!

Published: 19 Apr 2021

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Children’s book teaches 3Ps lesson

“I’m a toilet so I only eat toilet paper, pee and poo,” is the refrain of Harold the Hungry Toilet in a new illustrated children’s book.

Published: 16 Apr 2021

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Heritage Festival helps us step back in time

Mackay residents can take a step back in time over the next month as part of a national Heritage Festival.

Published: 15 Apr 2021

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New Northern Beaches Community Hub Reference Group under way

A key to the success of a planned Northern Beaches Community Hub will be the ownership residents feel about the exciting facility.

Published: 14 Apr 2021

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New name adopted for northern section of Grendon Park

Council adopted a proposal to rename the northern section of Grendon Park to Half Tide Beach Memorial Park at today’s ordinary meeting.

Published: 14 Apr 2021

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Libraries hit major milestone

Four out of every 10 Mackay residents are now members of Mackay Regional Council Libraries.

Published: 14 Apr 2021

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Last chance to secure Mackay Mayor’s Charity Ball tickets

Mackay people have shown they’re hanging out for a party to shake off the COVID-19 blues.

Published: 14 Apr 2021

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Anzac Day services return

ANZAC Day services across the region will return “as normal” this year after residents commemorated from their driveways in 2020.

Published: 13 Apr 2021

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Water supply interruption at Marian

Council wishes to advise Marian residents and businesses of an interruption to water supply.

Published: 12 Apr 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Check out the wide range of activities on offer across the region, featuring council facilities and programs. Enjoy art, singing and dancing with the kids at the BMA Kidspace, discover how to set financial goals or learn how to play the ukulele.

Published: 12 Apr 2021

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MECC to host next week’s council meeting due to COVID restrictions

Next week’s ordinary meeting of council has been moved from Council Chambers to the MECC due to current COVID restrictions.

Published: 09 Apr 2021

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Start your new garden at the click of a button

Council's popular Free Native Plant Program is returning this month with more opportunities for ratepayers to collect their plants.

Published: 09 Apr 2021

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Weekly tests help residents swim with peace of mind

Council has created a webpage to make it easier for residents to make informed decisions about whether they should swim at Platypus Beach or not.

Published: 09 Apr 2021

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Draft Corporate Plan open for community comment

Mackay residents are being invited to have their say on council’s new draft Corporate Plan 2021-2026.

Published: 08 Apr 2021

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Volunteer Expo offers unmissable recruitment opportunity

The popular Mackay Volunteer Expo is back this year and council is calling for organisations to step up and show off their volunteer opportunities.

Published: 08 Apr 2021

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Top 10 things to do in the region

There’s lots to do around the region next week, with plenty of school holiday activities continuing to keep the kids entertained.

Published: 06 Apr 2021

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Vandals continue to target popular lookout

Lamberts Lookout is the latest target of vandalism with three instances over the past six months.

Published: 01 Apr 2021

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Council catching illegal dumpers red handed

Council is cracking down on illegal dumping and is warning offenders that large fines apply for those caught breaking the law.

Published: 01 Apr 2021

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Bag a bargain at Gordon White Library

Book into the Gordon White Library book sale and you can score a bag of books for the price of a cup of coffee.

Published: 01 Apr 2021

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Proposed rename for northern section of Grendon Park

Council is looking to support an application to rename the northern section of Grendon Park to Half Tide Beach Memorial Park.

Published: 31 Mar 2021

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MECC postpones Easter weekend events

Following the Premier’s announcement that Greater Brisbane is in lockdown for three days from 5pm Monday, April 29, the MECC have been forced to postpone their Easter weekend event, Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show.

Published: 30 Mar 2021

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COVID-19 update – Greater Brisbane three-day lockdown

Queensland Health has issued a state-wide directive that all Queenslanders must wear masks in indoor spaces such as shopping centres from tonight (March 29, 5pm).

Published: 29 Mar 2021

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Council facilities Easter closures

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

Published: 29 Mar 2021

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School holiday activities

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

Published: 29 Mar 2021

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Mackay’s Legendary Neighbours recognised

When the Mallet family’s European holiday was cancelled due to COVID-19, their amazing neighbours stepped up and brought Europe to them.

Published: 26 Mar 2021

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Palm tree removal at Seaforth

Council will be removing 13 coconut palms along Seaforth Esplanade Reserve next week due to safety concerns.

Published: 26 Mar 2021

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Splashpad getting ready for Easter fun

The Bluewater Lagoon splashpad will be closed for two days from Monday, March 29 to Tuesday, March 30.

Published: 26 Mar 2021

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Council keen to support fitness programs in rural areas

Subsidised fitness classes in rural locations are the focus of a new Active in the Regions program.

Published: 25 Mar 2021

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Creative ideas wanted for our public spaces

Residents have the power to reinvent and reimagine some of our public places around the Mackay region, thanks to council’s Activate My Place! (AMP!) placemaking grants.

Published: 25 Mar 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Top 10 things to do in the region

Published: 22 Mar 2021

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Mayor’s Charity Ball back and ready to shake off COVID blues

Dust off your frocks and suits and shake away the COVID blues – the Mackay Mayor’s Charity Ball is back.

Published: 19 Mar 2021

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Online consultation open for Finch Hatton Trailhead master plan

A trailhead is a place where you start and finish your mountain bike adventures which contains facilities that support riders.

Published: 18 Mar 2021

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Champion of disadvantaged Sarina youth recognised with award

Teresa McNaughton’s selfless work provides something priceless to students in the Sarina area – confidence.

Published: 18 Mar 2021

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Apply now to be part of one-of-a-kind curated market

Artspace is putting the call out to artists, designers, makers, foodies, musicians and craftspeople to get involved in a market with a difference.

Published: 17 Mar 2021

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Mackay’s earliest art acquisitions tell of a changing ecology

An exciting exhibition that contrasts European anthropological depictions with the works of contemporary Indigenous artists is on show now at Artspace Mackay.

Published: 17 Mar 2021

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Have your say on master planning

Finch Hatton community members are being encouraged to attend workshops happening this Thursday (March 18) to discuss master planning for the Finch Hatton trailhead.

Published: 16 Mar 2021

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Council community grants provide life-saving support

Having a defibrillator at hand can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Published: 16 Mar 2021

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Top 10 things to do in the region

Find out what's available around the Mackay region.

Published: 15 Mar 2021

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Three Pioneer River reefs to help anglers get hooked on Mackay

Getting anglers from all over the world “hooked on Mackay” is one step closer due to an exciting artificial reef project.

Published: 11 Mar 2021

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Mackay Regional Council commits to Small Business Friendly Councils initiative

Small businesses in the Mackay region will receive added support from a new Small Business Friendly Councils (SBFC) commitment made by Mackay Regional Council today.

Published: 10 Mar 2021

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Memorial pool community reference group dissolved

Council has today voted to formally dissolve a community reference group set up to inform plans for redevelopment of the Mackay Memorial Swimming Centre.

Published: 10 Mar 2021

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Top 10 things to do around the region

Top 10 things to do...Find out what's available around the Mackay region.

Published: 08 Mar 2021

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Drainage works to reduce flooding on Sarina Beach Road

A drainage project totalling $2.3 million is set to start in Sarina on Monday (March 8).

Published: 05 Mar 2021

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New Regional Queensland Council of Mayors calls for SES report release

Regional mayors are calling on the State Government to release a report on a review of the State Emergency Service (SES) as a matter of urgency.

Published: 04 Mar 2021

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Mackay to host under 20 Australian junior and Ivor Burge Championships

Mackay will host the Under 20 Australian Junior and Ivor Burge Basketball Championships for the first time in both 2021 and 2022, as part of a two-year agreement between Basketball Australia (BA), Tourism and Events Queensland and Mackay Regional Council.

Published: 04 Mar 2021

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City Centre palm tree maintenance

Council staff will begin scheduled maintenance of palm trees in the City Centre this Saturday (March 6).

Published: 02 Mar 2021

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Sarina Women’s Week nominations close Friday

There are just a few days left to nominate women who work hard for the Sarina community.

Published: 02 Mar 2021

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Top 10 things to do

Top 10 things to do...Find out what's available around the Mackay region.

Published: 01 Mar 2021

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Platypus Beach latest results show little change

Ongoing water testing at Platypus Beach shows little change to initial results.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

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Rural culvert replacement works about to begin

Council will be replacing aged culverts on Munbura Road in Sarina and Tedfords Road in Victoria Plains.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

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Reduced camping fees to increase demand

Council is reducing the cost to camp at Ball Bay and St Helen’s Beach camping reserves.

Published: 24 Feb 2021

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Mackay environment shines in four new Artspace exhibitions

The Leap, Cape Hillsborough, Eungella, North Eton, Kinchant Dam, the Kommo Toera Trail and dozens of other iconic local locations feature in Artspace Mackay’s latest exhibitions.

Published: 24 Feb 2021

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$188,000 on offer for community groups

Council has $188,000 up-for-grabs to boost our region’s community and not-for-profit groups.

Published: 23 Feb 2021

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Platypus Beach remains closed

Platypus Beach will remain closed to the public this weekend and until further notice.

Published: 19 Feb 2021

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Cone Street Park improvements set to begin

Cone Street Park at Shoal Point is getting an upgrade this month thanks to council works.

Published: 19 Feb 2021

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Council shines light on legendary neighbours

Do you have the kind of neighbour who will feed your pets while you’re on holiday or lend you a roll of loo paper during lockdown?

Published: 17 Feb 2021

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Sarina puts the call out to recognise exceptional women

Past winners of the Mary Malone Perpetual Award have included tireless volunteers Colleen Burt and Dianne Barnett and Queensland Country Women’s Association stalwart Lyn Hackett.

Published: 17 Feb 2021

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Platypus Beach to remain closed to public users

Water sample collection and testing at Platypus Beach has been completed following public health concerns raised on Monday (February 15).

Published: 16 Feb 2021

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Platypus Beach closed

As of this afternoon (February 15), Mackay Regional Council has closed Platypus Beach.

Published: 15 Feb 2021

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Aged water main replacement works in Marian

An aged water main in Anzac Avenue in Marian is being replaced over the next four months.

Published: 15 Feb 2021

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Online Sports Expo kicking goals for local clubs

The Online Sports Expo is helping local clubs and sporting groups sign up new members.

Published: 12 Feb 2021

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Fifth Lane pavement revitalisation works

Mackay City Centre’s Fifth Lane pavement will soon complement the bright, creative murals that line the laneway.

Published: 12 Feb 2021

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Tip Shop visit inspires exciting community project

When Clancy Morgan spotted an old, worn piano at the Incredable Tip Shop it proved to be the catalyst for an exciting community project.

Published: 10 Feb 2021

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Creative talent boosted thanks to bursary presentations

Three talented locals received cheques totalling $5000 at a council morning tea today.

Published: 10 Feb 2021

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Emotional short film captures local bush fire stories

Experience first-hand accounts of the 2018 Eungella Bushfires through an emotional short film that encapsulates the events, as they occurred.

Published: 09 Feb 2021

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Reckless waste disposal causes another truck fire

Another fire has caused a close call in a council waste truck.

Published: 09 Feb 2021

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Seaforth welcomes new shared pathway

A beachside town is counting the days until a new shared pathway is accessible for their community.

Published: 09 Feb 2021

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Platypus Beach closed for railway repairs

A small section of Platypus Beach will be closed to the public from Monday, February 8, until Friday, April 30.

Published: 03 Feb 2021

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New plant to improve Koumala’s water supply

Council is moving ahead with plans to improve Koumala’s potable water supply.

Published: 01 Feb 2021

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Online Sports Expo goes live on website

The 2021 Online Sports Expo and Sign-on is now live on council’s website.

Published: 29 Jan 2021

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Works accelerated on Midge Point Water Network

Mackay Regional Council is prioritising works to address ongoing dirty water issues in the Midge Point Water Supply System.

Published: 29 Jan 2021

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Community Grants of $188,000 close next week

Community groups have until midnight next Friday (February 5) to tap into $188,000 on offer through council’s community grants.

Published: 29 Jan 2021

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New crossing to improve pedestrian safety in Mackay City Centre

A scramble crossing will be installed at the intersection of Milton and Alfred streets to improve pedestrian safety to the Mackay Showgrounds.

Published: 28 Jan 2021

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Outstanding community members recognised with Australia Day honours

Mackay's 2021 Citizen of the Year Mabel Quakawoot has been many things to many people – an active citizen, an educator, a mentor and volunteer.

Published: 25 Jan 2021

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Mackay lookout upgrades enhance must-see million views

More than $1.42 million in upgrades to enhance views from the North Mackay Rotary Lookout have been completed thanks to an investment by the Palaszczuk Government.

Published: 22 Jan 2021

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Council meetings move back to Chambers

The first ordinary meeting of 2021 next week will also mark a return to the Council Chambers after COVID-19 forced a relocation to the MECC for much of 2020.

Published: 22 Jan 2021

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Mystery trio has Mackay thinking

What makes someone important to you?

Published: 21 Jan 2021

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Midge Point Water Network flushing works

Council has recently conducted water flushing in the Midge Point Water Network.

Published: 20 Jan 2021

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Test your dengue knowledge to win

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regional councils are calling on residents to test their dengue knowledge by completing an online quiz as part of an annual awareness campaign.

Published: 20 Jan 2021

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Mackay ARC hosts elite Australian swim team

A team of 22 elite swimmers are in Mackay this week training ahead of this year’s Olympic trials.

Published: 19 Jan 2021

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Traffic management for garden maintenance

Council will be carrying out garden bed maintenance on the Bruce Highway on Saturday, January 23.

Published: 19 Jan 2021

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Water supply interruption at Finch Hatton

Council wishes to remind Finch Hatton residents and businesses of an interruption to water supply on Wednesday (January 20).

Published: 18 Jan 2021

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Meet the design team behind Seaforth Esplanade’s upgrades

Residents are being invited to learn more about the Seaforth Esplanade Park later this month.

Published: 18 Jan 2021

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Artspace explores climate change with kids in pop-up venue

Artspace Mackay will be hosting art activities inspired by environmental and social issues in a special pop-up venue this month.

Published: 14 Jan 2021

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Proposed changes to local laws

Council has proposed amendments to six local laws and the public is being invited to leave their feedback.

Published: 08 Jan 2021

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Full steam ahead on upgrades to Ooralea playground

Residents living on the southern side of town can look forward to some exciting new playground upgrades that are “on track” for delivery in early 2021.

Published: 07 Jan 2021

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Libraries take up the fight against fake news

Mackay Regional Council Libraries have two programs starting in the new year aimed at helping young adults become more social media savvy.

Published: 24 Dec 2020

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North Mackay Rotary Lookout opens in time for Christmas

Christmas has come early for Mackay residents with the final touches of the North Mackay Rotary Lookout complete.

Published: 24 Dec 2020

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Don’t miss your chance to acknowledge our local heroes

Time is running out to recognise incredible individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond in 2020.

Published: 23 Dec 2020

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Council to send 2020 out with a bang

It hasn’t been the best year for partying, but council is determined 2020 will go out with a bang!

Published: 23 Dec 2020

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New sand stockpile site for the region

Seaforth now has an emergency sand stockpile on Elizabeth Street.

Published: 23 Dec 2020

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