Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 13 Mar 2019

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.

1) Chatterplay for twins and triplets

Thursday, March 14, 11.30am
Gordon White Library

An interactive play session incorporating songs and rhymes for multiple birth families. Designed for families with multiple birth children from birth to five years. Access to free events is only one of the benefits of library membership. If you are not already a library member, please join at

2) The Basics of Facebook for business

Friday, March 15, 9am
Mirani Board Room, 20 Victoria Street, Mirani

The basics of Facebook for business. Get the knowledge you need to be able to use Facebook as a marketing tool for your business. This workshop will cover the following:
> The basic functions required to set up a business page
> Learning what Facebook tools to use and how
> What, when and how to post on Facebook

Cost: $18.41 including GST. To register please visit An ASBAS Digital Solutions Qld workshop in partnership with Mackay Regional Council and RDA Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday

3) Cliff Richard & The Shadows 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert

Friday, March 15, 7.30pm
The MECC Auditorium

Cliff Richard & The Shadows 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert is a show that delivers a captivating live concert recreating the unforgettable sound of Cliff Richard & The Shadows. The group dominated British popular music in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the years before the Beatles, Cliff Richard and The Shadows were in the forefront of the UK beat-group boom, placing 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to The Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

4) Teddy Bears' Picnic

Friday, March 15, 9.30am – 10.30am
Mackay Regional Botanic Garden, Tropical Sun Lawn

Help the team from First Five Forever to celebrate Parks Week 2019! Bring a picnic blanket and your favourite teddy bear for a morning of stories, songs and playtime on the Tropical Sun Lawn at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. This is a free community event.

5) Parks Week - Facebook competition

Until Monday, March 18
Mackay region parks

Council and the Botanic Gardens are running a Facebook competition, encouraging residents to share photos of themselves at their favourite park in the Mackay region during Parks Week. Everyone who shares a photo to the social media post will go into the draw win a $30 National Geographic voucher. To enter, head to Mackay Regional Council’s Facebook page and comment with your photo.

6) Mackay’s Amazing Race

Saturday, March 16, 1:15pm – 5:30pm
Bluewater Quay

Teams of four will race around Mackay finding clues and facing challenges before racing to the finish line, all to raise funds for charity! You don't have to be the fastest to win. The race consists of a circuit around the Mackay City Centre with over 20 exciting checkpoints with challenges along the way. Stacks of prizes and goodies to be won with money raised going to Tour de Cure and Eimeo SLSC. TryBooking proudly supports charities by donating back all booking fees. Team registration cuts off Wednesday at noon. More information:

7) BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, March 19, 10am
Artspace Mackay

Join local artists and performers for creative art activities designed for toddlers and their adults. BMA Kidspace is Artspace Mackay’s ever popular toddler’s program, giving children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. The program includes free artist-run workshops from 10am to 2pm and live musical entertainment for kids from 12pm to 1pm. Bring your children along for a fun day of art-making, singing and dancing.

8) Hang it up! (12 – 18 years old)

Tuesday, March 19, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library

Driftwood and bamboo wall art with a purpose. Make decorative wall art at this hands-on workshop. Bring along any interesting pieces of driftwood and small bamboo tubes. This is a free event for library members, if you are not a library member you can join here Booking for this event is done through Eventbrite

9) Bushfire Follow-up - Sarina and Campwin Beach

Tuesday, March 19, 6pm – 7pm
Sarina Beach Lifesaving Club

Council will be providing residents of Sarina Beach and Campwin Beach with an update on: > Property clearing

  • Property enforcement
  • Feedback and community concerns

For further information please email or call 1300 622 529.

10) Help name the Mackay ARC

Submit your answers by Wednesday, March 20

It's time to make our exciting new Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex) official. As part of the opening, council wants community input to help choose names for the complex’s aquatic and athletics facilities.
We're looking for your ideas because it's your facility. The only proviso is the aquatic and athletics facilities won’t be named after people as the ARC will have a “Walk of Fame" installed to acknowledge elite swimmers and athletes produced from our region. From the suggestions provided by the community, a shortlist will be presented to council to make a final decision on both names. If your suggestion is chosen, you get bragging rights for helping name one of the ARC amenities!


Three Free Workshops

Artspace Mackay - March 24, 10am – 2pm
George Street Neighbourhood Centre (World Café) March 25, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library (after school workshop) March 25, 3.30pm – 5pm

Join world-renowned artists, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan for one of the three fantastic 'build a house from card' workshops! All three workshops are free and suitable for people of all ages. NB: All workshops are free to attend, bookings are not necessary and all children must be accompanied by an adult

The Sapphires

Thursday, March 28, 7.30pm
MECC Auditorium

The Sapphires is one of Australia’s best-loved stories. Winning multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album there was one challenge left and that was to undertake a national tour of Australia. Bringing the raw energy, fun and emotion of this story directly to stages like the MECC and across the nation.