August 19, 2016

North Queensland Sports Foundation – 2016 North Queensland Sportstar Award

Nominations close COB Friday, September 2

Sporting stars both on and off the field are being sought to nominate in the North Queensland Sports Foundation Sportstar Awards. From athletes and coaches to administrators and club members, the awards recognise the achievements of those individuals and volunteers who symbolise the very best in sport.

If you know someone deserving why not nominate them today!

Electronic nominations to be emailed to

More information

Workshop: Introduction to governance for not-for-profit

Tuesday, September 13, 9am - noon
Mackay PCYC

This workshop is an introduction to some key principles of good governance within a not-for-profit organisation.

The session will have participants learning from each other through activities and discussions of key principles such as board structure, planning, legal and ethical compliance, stakeholder engagement, operational management and people management to name a few.

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New tobacco laws – September 1

Next month, anyone attending an under 18 sporting event will notice a change in the air. From 1 September 2016, smoking will be banned within 10 metres of viewing and playing areas during an organized under 18 sporting event in Queensland. This includes training or practice sessions and any breaks or intervals.

Electronic versions of no-smoking signs, factsheets and resources about the changes to the tobacco laws can be downloaded and printed from here.

More details

Walk/Run/Ride Groups

Have you ever wondered what social riding, running and walking groups are available in Mackay?

Social riding, running and walking groups are a great opportunity to meet new friends while making healthy habits.

More information

Is your club registered with Good Sports?

The Good Sports program is a national preventative health initiative of the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), which aims to help community sporting clubs across Australia safer, healthier and more family-friendly environments.

Register your club

‘Get Out’ and enjoy the following local events

Mackay Park Run
Every Saturday at 7am
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

International Cricket is coming to Mackay
Quadrangular A Series
August 24-September 4
Harrup Park

Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival
August 25-27
Mackay Harbour

Grasstree Beach Motorbike Races
August 28
Grasstree Beach

Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day Walk
September 11
Bluewater Quay

#MackayPride WNBL Spectacular (JCU Townsville Fire V Sydney Uni Flames)
September 17
The Crater, Mackay Basketball

QLD U17 Boys Softball State Championships
17-19 September
Theo Hansen Park, Andergrove

Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run
September 18
Queen’s Park

QLD U15 Boys Hockey State Championships
September 18-21
Mackay Hockey, Harney St

Qld Cricket Indoor Junior State Titles
September 23-25
Mackay Indoor Sports Centre

Mackay Triathlon Festival
September 24-25
Mackay Surf Club

Bulls Masters Country Challenge
September 30 - October 3
Harrup Park

Rio Tinto River 2 Reef Charity Ride
October 1
Carlyle Street-Connecting to River Street, near Paxton’s Markets

Queensland State Mountain Bike Championships
October 1-3
Mackay and District Mountain Bike Club

National Ride2Work Day 2016
October 12

BMX 3 Track Attack – Sarina, Mackay, Walkerston
October 14 – October 16
Sarina, Mackay & Walkerston

2016 Nation of Origin Rugby League – 9-A-Side Tournament
October 29-30
Quarry Hill Rugby Union Grounds, North Mackay

Bulls Masters Country Youth Cup
December 12-16
Harrup Park

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.
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ClubHelp for volunteers

Is your club looking for resources for volunteers, governance, fundraising and marketing?

ClubHelp is a useful website developed by Regional Sport Victoria that consists of downloadable content and information for volunteers in sporting clubs.

Further club development resources can be found on the Australian Sports Commission website

ClubHelp website

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 information

Save the date - Sports Expo & Sign On Day

Sunday, February 12, 2017
9am - 1pm

The Sports Expo & Sign On Day is all about increasing participation in sporting, active recreation or active leisure pursuits. Sporting organisations, teams and leisure groups are housed in one place to provide a ‘one stop information shop’ for everyone in the Mackay region.

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?

These questions and more can be found on council's website

Find out more
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