Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 16 Oct 2019

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.

1) Hack your Christmas lights

Thursday, October 17, 4pm to 7.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library

Christmas is just around the corner - learn how to take your lights to the next level with your own micro-controller. This event is for young adults aged 15 years and older, bookings required.

2) St Helens Beach local coastal plan community catch up

Friday, October 18, 3pm to 5pm
St Helens Beach Esplanade Reserve

A draft local coastal plan (LCP) that sets a vision for the St Helens Beach coastline into the future, has been developed. The plan recommends a variety of activities including weed management, revegetating the foreshore, investigating erosion management options and working with Traditional Owners to undertake cultural heritage surveys of the area. Come along to learn more about the plan and have your say. Those who can’t attend the session can also have their say online.

3) Exhibition opening

Friday, October 18, 6pm to 9pm    
Artspace Mackay, Gallery Three  

Come along to the official opening of Reasonable and Necessary, Prints by Artel Artists. This inspiring touring exhibition showcases the work of 33 Artel Artists, some of whom possess complex and profound disabilities. To be officially opened by Cr Greg Williamson, Mayor of Mackay Regional Council. RSVP: 4961 9722 or

4) Presentation from Artel

Saturday, October 19, 10am to noon
Artspace Mackay

Scaffolding: The physical and metaphorical foundation of the Artel Program. Artel Visual Art Coordinator, Louise Taylor and Artel Artist, Sara Wyatt will provide a floor talk about the adaptive processes developed during her time at CPL’s Artel creative industries studio. The talk will include imagery of the ‘set-ups’ and tools created to support artists with challenging physical disabilities to ‘access’ their work. The talk will also examine the pedagogical theory on ‘scaffolding’ used in educational practice as the foundation for creating meaningful, authentic, professional outcomes for artists with profound and complex disabilities.

5) Elizabeth Rimmington author visit

Saturday, October 19, 10am to 11am
Dudley Denny City Library

A new novelist whose story characters infiltrate the reader’s heart by osmosis. Their laughter, heartbreak and pain will fill the booklover’s soul as they read Shadow of the Northern Orchid.

6) Beginner print workshop – one colour lino printing

Sunday, October 20, 9am & 2pm
Artspace Mackay

Artel Visual Art Coordinator, Louise Taylor will deliver a one-colour lino printing workshop for beginners. Participants can choose from a Sunday morning or afternoon workshop and will learn how to make a single colour relief print by creating a design in silkcut lino and learning techniques to ink and print onto paper using hand burnishing tools. This is a three-hour beginner workshop designed for people who wish to gain basic knowledge of relief printing to enable them to begin creating lino prints at home! Participants will need to bring an image to start. Bookings essential: $20 per person, phone 4961 9722 to book your seat

7) Mackay Marine Debris Source Reduction workshop

Tuesday, October 22, 9am to 2pm
Jubilee Community Centre

The Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Conservation Volunteers Australia invite you to join their 2019 Mackay Marine Debris Source Reduction Plan workshop. If all we do is clean up, that’s all we’ll ever do. This Source Reduction Plan workshop invites community members, local businesses, school representatives and government representatives to assist in the development of a local plan that stops litter at its source. Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to have experience in this field, just an interest in protecting our local environment and the Great Barrier Reef.

8) ‘Jeepers Creepers’ by the Botanic Art Interest Group

Until October 27
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens   

The ‘Jeepers Creepers’ botanical art exhibition focuses on colourful, curious and captivating flora which are commonly known as vines, scramblers, climbers, creepers or lianas.
Botanical art combines detail, accuracy and artistry, with many hours needed for each graphite drawing, pastel drawing, watercolour or acrylic painting. Showcases display how the artists take live specimens and create a “living” piece of botanical art via their sketch books, photos and art materials. For more details visit

9) Mackay Through The Lens Photo Competition

Until Friday, November 1  
Mackay region    

Capture the Mackay region this October and you could win $3000 in Camera House vouchers! From beautiful sunsets and sunrises to lush rainforest and lookouts, the list of possible photo locations is endless. A $2000 voucher will be awarded to the best judged photo and a $1000 voucher will be awarded to the People’s Choice winner. Visit the council website for more details and the scavenger hunt clues.

10) Anti-poverty food drive

Until November 13
Mackay Regional Council facilities  

Did you know charities in our region have hundreds of requests for food parcels every month? Help us help them by donating non-perishable food items and toiletries. Donations will be given to St Pauls Uniting Church Mackay, Anglicare Mackay Whitsunday Region - Counselling and Support Services and Sarina Inter Church Council to replenish their food pantries and prepare charitable Christmas hampers. Food items must be in-date and undamaged.

Drop-off points: Jubilee Community Centre, Council Client Service Centre - 73 Gordon Street, Dudley Denny City Library, Gordon White Library, Paget Council Depot, Mirani Library and Client Service Centre, Walkerston Library and Sarina Neighbourhood Centre.


Global Grooves 2019

Saturday, October 26, 3pm to 8pm  
Meadowlands Amphitheatre, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens      

Take your senses on a world tour at Mackay’s largest multicultural event. Running from 3pm to 8pm, the festival will feature an amazing array of 15 performers, bands and dance groups, authentic food plus costumes and art from around the world. Children and adults can learn to drum or create a cultural mask inside the workshop tepee.