Top 10 things to do around the region

Published: 04 Mar 2020

There’s plenty to do around the region this week.

1) Coffee with a Cop

Thursday, March 5, 10am – 11am
Dudley Denny City Library

Want a chance to have a chat with a cop over a cup of coffee? Coffee with a Cop gives community members an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the fabulous work they do in our neighbourhoods and region in a relaxed one-on-one interaction. Stop by the library and have a cup of coffee and conversation. 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 Merger (Rated: M)

Thursday, March 5, 5pm to 6.30pm
Gordon White Library

Come along and watch The Merger. Bodgy Creek is a struggling town where jobs are scarce after the mill was shut down, and the footy team looks like it will fold. Living a hermit-like existence on the town's fringe, former football star Troy Carrington is coaxed into rescuing the team and strikes up an unlikely friendship with young Neil who has lost his father. Each month libraries present a new goal that challenges our community to get into action in innovative and impactful ways. Book you spot at

3) MackHack Mining and METS Hackathon 2020

Friday, March 6, 5pm – Sunday, March 8, 7pm
Split Spaces, Level 2, Building 4 CQU 92-94 Sydney Street

Dare to disrupt at MackHack 2020, a weekend-long event where participants come together to solve mining and METS industry challenges. Throughout the weekend you will learn skills to turn your ideas into reality, prototypes into production and connect with likeminded people, industry experts and mentors. This event is for thinkers, makers, tech-heads, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and unique individuals to create, test, build, discover and hack solutions to solve mining industry challenges. Purchase tickets at

4) Gold Coast Suns V Geelong Cats

Friday, March 6, 5pm to 9pm
Harrup Park   

Come join all the AFL action at Harrup Park and The Great Barrier Reef Arena as the footy season starts to kick-off for Mackay's first ever official AFLW match. Be a part of history!  There will be extra entertainment and grab something delicious from mini Eat Street. AFL kids’ activations, jumping castles, face painting, Maccas Kick 2 Kick and so much more! Gates will open at 5pm to this free event.

5) JamFactory Icon Catherine Truman: No surface holds

Opening Friday, March 6, 6pm
FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay

Catherine Truman is one of South Australia’s most renowned artists and jewellers who works with a variety of diverse materials to create captivating and one-of-a-kind pieces. This JamFactory touring exhibition incorporates a mix of objects, installation, images, video and new works from her 20 years of research at the nexus of art and science. ‘Catherine Truman: No Surface Holds’ is the first time that Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists is presented.

6) Artist Talk: Catherine Truman

Saturday, March 7, 10.30am to noon
Artspace Mackay

Join us at Artspace Mackay for a free artist talk by JamFactory Icon Catherine Truman. The JamFactory Icon exhibition series celebrates the achievements of South Australia’s most outstanding and influential craft and design practitioners. Catherine Truman is an established contemporary jeweller and object-maker working across the disciplines of art and science. Find out more at

7) Bushfire Recovery - Building Nest Boxes

Tuesday, March 10, 8.30am to 3.30pm
Mackay Natural Environment Centre

Come and join Conservation Volunteers Australia in Mackay to help assemble nest box for bushfire effected areas. In the aftermath of the recent bushfires across Australia, Conservation Volunteers has been entrusted as a one of the key organisations to assist in the recovery by coordinating and delivering immediate environmental recovery needs of bushfire affected areas. In many areas across the country we are still in an emergency phase, whilst other areas are only beginning to assess the losses caused by bushfire and plan for recovery. All training and materials will be provided. There is no cost to get involved in this event. Book your spot at

8) Insta Skills with Cherrie

Tuesday, March 10, 3.30pm to 5pm
Gordon White Library

Do you want to make your Instagram page stand out? Learn from a professional photographer and social media guru – Cherrie Hughes! For young adults aged 12 – 18 years. Register your spot:

9) Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, March 11, 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

10) Get Active – Physical Activity programs

Until June, 2020
Various locations

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 Centre
The 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.


BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, March 17, 10am
Artspace Mackay

Join local artists and performers for creative art activities designed for toddlers and their adults! BMA Kidspace, Artspace Mackay’s ever popular toddler’s program, gives 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.