June 2, 2017

Community Strengthening:  Board Development Conference – new dates announced!

Sarina - Bob Wood Cultural Hall, Anzac Street, Sarina
Thursday, July 27, 8.30am – 2.45pm
Pioneer Valley - Tommy Webster Community Hall, Bold Street, Walkerston
Friday, July 28, 8.30am – 2.45pm
Mackay - CQ University Mackay City Campus (Building 3), Sydney Street, Mackay
Saturday, July 29, 8.30am – 2.45pm.

Local, not-for-profit groups and organisations across the Mackay region are invited to participate in this free, one-day conference presented by: Rio Tinto, through the Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund; the Sarina Community Bank® Branch Bendigo Bank and; Mackay Regional Council. This tailored conference will provide participants with an opportunity to engage with professionals to further their skills in a range of areas including: governance; succession planning; strategic planning; sponsorship attraction and; marketing. Places are limited.
To register and/or for more information contact Tracey Heathwood, MRC Community Development Officer on 4961 9596 or


Join sport and
rec committee

We want community-minded residents with a keen interest in sport and recreation.

We’re setting up a Sport and Recreation Advisory Committee and nominations are open until this Monday, June 5, for members of the community wanting to be involved.

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Upcoming events

2017 BMA Mackay Marina Run

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Mackay Marina

The Mackay Marina Run is one of the Mackay region’s premier sporting events. The event has grown with tremendous support from the local community including Mackay Regional Council and BMA >

Bulls Masters Vs Baggy Blues T20 Allstar

Friday, July 7, 2017
Harrup Park

The T20 Allstars Festival is back in Mackay for it's 2nd season. Don't miss out on purchasing your match day tickets with all proceeds donated to Bravehearts >

XXXX Queensland Maroon’s Fan Day

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Gordon Street

The ‘XXXX Queensland Maroons Fan Day presented by Suncorp’ will provide thousands of fans throughout the region with the opportunity to meet their Maroon heroes >

Offshore Super Boats

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Mackay Marina

Crane Logistics Mackay Offshore Superboat Race. Clarion Hotel, Mackay Marina & Crane Logistics Pit area, Mackay Marine Village >

Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races

Saturday, August 19, 2017
Mackay Harbour Beach

The annual Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races is an iconic event on North Queensland’s sporting and social calendar.  While the showpiece of this event is the Mackay Airport Beach Race Day attended by more than 3,000 locals and visitors to the region >

Mackay Regional Sports Precinct

The Mackay Regional Sports Precinct is a new $20 million dollar sporting complex that will provide the local community and region with specialised sport and recreational facilities.

The overall vision is to develop a multi-facility precinct which caters for the future growth of Mackay and meets the future planning needs for sport and recreation in the region.

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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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 $5.00 per session. Make the change today for a healthier you! Get involved in activities such as: Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Bootcamp and Boxercise.
Visit for more details and program updates or contact Sport and Recreation by emailing

Get Going Clubs and Get Going Places and Spaces

From June 19 your club will be able to apply for a grant up to $150,000 to help build new infrastructure under the Queensland Government’s Get Playing Places and Spaces or a $7,500 grant under Get Going Clubs to help provide participation opportunities at your club.
This is a great opportunity for your club to upgrade some lighting, build a new club house or construct some new change rooms.


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 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 February and August.

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Council's junior sporting grants

Mackay Regional 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?

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For information on Sports and Recreation programs and events visit: or email
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