Thursday, August 4, 2022

Mackay Disability Expo moves to the Big Shed

The Mackay Disability Expo, coming up on Friday, August 12, has almost doubled in size since the inaugural expo in 2021. 

In fact, with exhibitor numbers increasing from about 30 to more than 50 this year, council has made the decision to move the event from a community hall to the Big Shed in the Mackay Showgrounds.   

The expo will kick off at 9am and run until noon, with four exciting demonstrations scheduled throughout that time. 

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The Mackay Disability Expo will feature exciting demonstrations from Art from the Blind Side, Groove Movers, Crossroad Arts and more. Find out more about the event in this video.

Beam scooters’ first month was a wild ride

Mackay residents are on board when it comes to the new Beam e-scooters.

The first official monthly report received by council, under an agreement with Beam, shows that since launching on June 7, there has been more than 38,000 trips in Mackay.

Mayor Greg Williamson said this was a staggering number of trips, with riders travelling about 89,000km.

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Mackay’s newest boat ramp open

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert and Deputy Mayor Karen May officially opened the new Slade Point public recreational boat ramp last Thursday (July 28).

Council is pleased to be able to partner with the Queensland Government to provide more car and trailer parks, more boat ramp lanes and better access to our tremendous fisheries.

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New marine flare disposal service

Boat owners in Mackay and surrounding areas will be able to dispose of their expired marine flares as part of a new service operated by council.

The flares are to be dropped off in person at the Incredable drop-off area where there will be two bins – one for damaged flares and one for intact but out-of-date flares.

It’s essential that these flares don’t end up in kerbside wheelie bins or in the pits at transfer stations, as they could easily ignite and cause fires in rubbish trucks or at landfill sites.

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Join in the biggest community clean-up

“Clean up, The Mackay Region” is being held over five days during August in a bid to keep our region in tip top shape.
The events are a perfect opportunity for residents to show their community pride and help keep our region beautiful
Council is hosting nine sites where you can join in the clean-up:
Monday, August 15
> Shellgrit Creek, Illawong Drive South Mackay, 9am – 11am

Saturday, August 20
> Sandfly Creek Reserve, East Gordon St, East Mackay, 9am – 11am
> Bridge Road, South Mackay, 3pm – 5pm

Sunday, August 21
> Finlayson Point Road, Seaforth, 9am – 11am
> Bluewater Trail, Matsuura Drive, 3pm – 5pm 

Saturday, August 27
> Plane Creek Revegetation Site, 9am – 11am
> Grasstree Beach, Sarina 3pm – 5pm

Sunday, August 28
> Riverside Drive, Cremorne, 8am – 10am
> Hodges Road, Shoal Point, 9am – 11am

Volunteers are asked to wear closed-in shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Gloves, tongs, bags and water will be provided. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register at a site close to you at
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Free Native Plant Program open days

Council’s Free Native Plant Program open days will return next week.

As part of the program, ratepayers can collect four free native plants from the Mackay Natural Environment Centre each year.

Additional plants can be purchased for $2.90 each (eftpos only) by ratepayers and non-ratepayers.

The open days will be held on Friday, August 12, from 9am to 3pm and Saturday, August 13, from 9am to noon.

Did you know? Native plants a better suited to our climate than other exotic plant species. They are low maintenance, require less water and provide a reliable food source and valuable habitat for native wildlife.

Browse the collection

The sky is the limit for GC Suns partnership

AFL fans can look forward to cheering on their favourite teams in Mackay for another four years.

Last week council announced that it is renewing its partnership with the Gold Coast Suns until 2026.

Since the partnership began in 2019, the Mackay region has hosted three AFLW matches and countless youth development opportunities such as AFLW talent identification, investment in Mackay’s Suns Academy for both male and female pathways, coaching sessions and school appearances.

The partnership has also allowed council to generate exclusive national brand exposure through signage and branding across both AFL and AFLW, as well the opportunity to promote council’s Mackay Waterfront and Hooked on Mackay initiatives through televised coverage and digital channels.

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Your councillors are:
Mayor Greg Williamson, Deputy Mayor Karen May, Cr Martin Bella, Cr Laurence Bonaventura, Cr Justin Englert, Cr Michelle Green, Cr Belinda Hassan, Cr Alison Jones, Cr Fran Mann, Cr Russell Seymour and Cr Pauline Townsend.
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