March 1, 2017

National Ride2School Day

Friday, March 17, 2017

National Ride2School Day is a program run by Bicycle Network to encourage Australian students and school communities to walk and ride to school to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Over 2,000 schools are registered with a staggering 350,000 students expected to ride, walk, scoot and skate to school.

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Mackay Volunteer Expo – Registrations now open!

Does your community or not-for-profit group need a hand, or a few extra pairs of hands? For the first time ever, council is hosting the Mackay Volunteer Expo on Sunday, May 7. The goal of matching potential volunteers to roles that suit them and their talents. It’s completely free for community groups to host a stall.

The expo will be held inside and around the Mackay Senior Citizens Centre at 58 Macalister Street. Stall holders are encouraged to bring an element of fun along to the expo by hosting interactive displays, activities and demonstrations.

Apply today

2017 Sports Expo and Sign-On Day wrap-up

The Sports Expo committee would like to thank all clubs involved in another successful 2017 Sports Expo and Sign-On Day. Thanks to our long-time major sponsor Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and to our other sponsors Rio Tinto, Star 101.9FM, 4MK 1026AM and Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Association.

The community showed its love of sport by the attendance on the day, with clubs embracing the opportunity to promote their sport and club, active displays in the Rio Tinto Active Zone and fantastic participation in the Mascot Race.

We have received some great feedback for next year and hope to see you there in 2018.

A reminder for exhibitors to send through their questionnaires to Sport and Recreation by email.

Email us your questionnaire

Mackay Regional Sports Precinct construction

It’s been five years in the making, but on Thursday, February 23, 2017 the sod was turned on the multi-million-dollar Mackay Regional Sports Precinct. Stages 1A and 1B will feature a synthetic athletics track and aquatic facility.

The Mackay Regional Sports Precinct is a joint initiative between the Australian Government, Mackay Regional Council and CQUniversity.

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Community Programs team has moved

You will now find us in the Mackay Regional Council building at 42 Wellington Street (our temporary location for the next few months).

If you are looking for a team member from Community Development, Arts Development, Youth Development or Sport and Recreation please come to Wellington Street.

All phone numbers and emails remain the same.

Get Out, Get Active

This program is designed to encourage women and girls to get active in recreation or sporting activities. Activities are available in Mackay and around the region from $5 per session.

Make the change today for a healthier you! Get involved in activities such as: aqua Zumba, yoga, pilates, bootcamp and boxercise.

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Volunteer at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Volunteering at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience for all those who are involved.

It will be our chance to showcase to the world how diverse, friendly and skilled our community is. Dedicated, friendly volunteers are the cornerstone of all great events and GC2018 will be no different.

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Future use of community halls – Have your say!

Council recognises that in some areas community halls are crucial and are used frequently and for a variety of reasons. Council also recognises that in some areas community halls are under-utilised and we want to know why.

What can council do to make your local community hall more accessible and provide services you would like to access? You’re invited to complete an online survey to provide your feedback.

Visit before Friday, March 10 to have your say.

Alternatively, contact Community Engagement on 4961 9972 or email

Have your say!

Is your club prepared for the storm and cyclone season?

Storm and cyclone season is now upon us. So now is the time to ensure your contact lists are up-to-date, any computer files are backed up, you have scanned copies of any important documents such as insurance policies and your facilities are prepared and ready for the season.
You also need to ensure your own place of residence is prepared because you cannot be in two places at once.

Further information

Council's community grants

Council’s community grant program aims to provide assistance to local community groups/organisations who make positive contributions to the quality of life in the Local Government area.

Grants are offered twice each year. Applications close on the first Friday in August.

More details

Events calendar

Become aware of events happening around the region and have your community event featured on council’s website, by completing the online lodgement form. Events will be placed onto the what’s on calendar.

Lodge your event

Council's junior sporting grants

Council is proud to support the community with a variety of grant and funding opportunities. Council's sporting grants aim to provide financial assistance toward the cost of team levies, registration, uniforms, travel and other costs associated with junior sports persons participating in national and international competitions. This grant is offered all year round.

More details

Frequently asked questions

Have you ever wondered what type of grants council offers? Can your club install fences around the fields/lease area? What is the process for your club to erect signage?

Find out more
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