Oi - Australia Day event funding now available

Council's Australia Day event grants are now open and local community groups are encouraged to apply.

Mayor Greg Williamson said Australia Day events were a great way to lift community spirit, especially in light of the isolating effects of COVID-19 in 2020.

“Our Australia Day grants program helps community groups organise a wide range of events each year,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Community groups can apply for up to $1000 to support their Australia Day event and share their Aussie pride with local residents,” he said.

“From beach games and barbecues to park competitions and water slides, the events are a great way to lift community spirit.

“The community events are held at various times throughout the day and are a celebration of what residents love about our region.”

To be eligible for funding, events need to be held on Australia Day 2021 (Tuesday, January 26), be free for all to attend and held within the Mackay Regional Council area.

Organisers also need to be a registered not-for-profit group or have a letter of support from a registered group.

All Australia Day events will be run in accordance with the latest COVID-19 government requirements.

Applications are now open on the council website and will close midnight Sunday, November 15.

Australia Day event grant application forms and guidelines can be found on the council website.