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Published: 12 Feb 2020

1) Tristan Kane talks fashion, studies & career options

Wednesday, February 12, 6pm – 7.30pm
Artspace Mackay

Free artist talk with 2019 Artspace Mackay Foundation ‘Hands On’ Bursary winner, Tristan Kane. Recently graduating from The University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles (Honours), Tristan is a rising talent in the field of fashion design. Tristan will return to Mackay to chat to students and others keen to know more about his experiences studying art and fashion at a tertiary level. He’ll talk about his experience working professionally in art and image across numerous luxury international brands, notably ELLERY which has led him to be based between Sydney, Australia / Paris, France and The Vampire’s Wife by Susie Cave in London, UK. Tristan’s personal design practice is characterised by quiet offerings which suggest a distinctly intellectual image of tailoring and knit wear in a contemporary space. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into study options and learn about career pathways from a young artist who grew up in our region.

2) Money Smart

Thursday, February 13, 10.30am – 11.30am
Dudley Denny City Library

Tools and information to help you navigate the financial world. Need to talk about your utility bills, concessions, information about credit, superannuation, financial hardship, budgeting? Drop in and have a chat to find out where to locate information online and start making a difference to your financial well-being thanks to The Neighbourhood Hub.

3) Speed Dating with a Book

Thursday, February 13, 5pm – 6pm
Dudley Denny Library

Find your perfect match! It’s all about the book! You will have the opportunity to meet our collection, as staff discuss individual items from our collection. This is sure to be a fun filled event that will be full of laughter.

4) River Street Twilight Market

Friday, February 14, 4pm – 8pm
River Street, Mackay

A community night market showcasing local food, farmers and artisan makers. The River Street Twilight Markets provides a beautiful riverside experience with live music on the main stage. Bring a blanket, relax under the stars, chill out to the vibes of local music and enjoy delicious food.

5) Anh Do - The Happiest Refugee Live

Saturday, February 15, 8pm
MECC Auditorium

Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.” Anh’s stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story. When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing... happiness.

6) Pets are part of the community too

Tuesday, February 18, 3pm – 4pm
Gordon White Library

Have you ever wondered how to care for your pet? Come along to our information session to understand how to interact safely with your pet and the importance of responsible pet ownership in your home, your community and our environment.

7) Food Safety Training Workshop

Tuesday, February 18, 6pm – 8pm
Sarina Cultural Hall

Training provided by Mackay Regional Council Environmental Health Officer.  All participants will be provided with a Certificate of Attendance. Cooking demonstration by the MECC's Executive Chef. Free gourmet barbecue dinner provided for all participants. Numbers limited. To book, contact the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre on (07) 4961 9283/ 49619290 or email:

8) Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, February 19, 7am – 11am
Bluewater Quay   

Join the fresh local produce revolution and support our farmers by buying seasonal local produce straight from the farmer. Want to know who will be selling at the markets each, head to their Facebook page every Tuesday, all the details of markets stall and produce will be listed. For more details visit

9) “Reflections” by Maryanne Villalba

Until Sunday, February 23
Botanic Gardens Café, Lagoons Gallery
Showcasing Maryanne Villalba's love of the ocean in all its different forms. Maryanne has always been interested in arts and crafts and exploring many different mediums. Through this time one thing has remained constant, drawing from nature and the ocean. She loves the movement and the depth that can be attained from using multiple layers of resin and manipulating resin on the board.  All artworks will be for sale. The Botanic Gardens Cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to 3pm and weekends, 8am to 4pm.

10) Get Active – Physical Activity programs

Until June, 2020
Various location

There are plenty of ways to get Active in the City! From Zumba, Tai Chi, and aqua fitness to boxing, cross training, and yoga, our Active in the City program is a great way to get fit and meet new friends.

  • Active in the City
    Aqua Fitness with Sue
    Until April 4, Saturdays, 9am – 10am
    Bluewater Lagoon
  • Elena’s Fitness Fusion (Zumba)
    Until May 10, Sundays, 9am - 10am
    Bluewater Quay
  • Time Out Tai Chi (Balance Minder)
    Until June 22, Mondays, 5.30pm – 6.15pm
    Bluewater Quay

Live Life Get Active – City CentreThe Live Life Get Active program offers FREE weekly sessions in boxing, cross training and yoga. (Register today for your free sessions)

Council Lawns, Civic Precinct, 6am - 6.45am

  • Cross-training - Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Boxing - Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Yoga – Fridays

Live Life Get Active – Northern Beaches and Sarina
To commence shortly. (Register today for your free sessions)


Up, Up & Away!

Friday, February 28, 11am
MECC Plenary Halls
Travel with Up, Up & Away! Airlines in this riotous dance cabaret on a once-in-a-lifetime journey around the world! With fabulously tipsy sky-high shenanigans, spectacular dance numbers and captivating harmonies as part of the live in-flight entertainment system. Join the crew as they demonstrate what never goes on at 39,000 feet!