December 5, 2019

2020 Optus Sports Expo & Sign-On Day

Sunday February 9, 2020 at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre. Showcase your sport or activity to 7000+ people!

The Optus Sports Expo & Sign-on Day is an annual, half day event held at the MECC for young and old. The aim of the event, which is now celebrating its 10th year, is to increase participation in sporting, active recreation or get-active leisure pursuits.

Registrations Close COB Friday 13 December 2019. Register online at

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Nominate your local hero for the Australia Day Awards

Nominations for one of our region’s greatest honours is now open – the Australia Day Awards.

It’s time to nominate someone in our community who deserves to be recognised for their selfless contributions.

There are eight award categories including Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Arts and Culture, Environmental Achievement, Lori Burgess Community Volunteer, Community Group, Senior Sports and Young Sports Award.

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Active in the City

Get Active in the City! Free sessions available to the community.

Tai Chi classes by Balance Minder by Leanne Simpson - Monday afternoons 5.15pm to 6.15pm, Bluewater Quay until December 9.

Zumba session by Elena's Fitness Fusion - Sunday mornings 9am to 10am, Bluewater Quay until December 29.

New program to be delivered in 2020.

New tool to find funding opportunities – Funding Finder

Never miss a funding opportunity again! Council has launched Funding Finder, an exciting tool for groups, clubs, businesses and proactive individuals. If you are on the lookout for grants, bursaries or funds, this is your one-stop-shop.

With everything you need to know about every funding opportunity available through council, as well as a comprehensive list of grants available locally and nationally, this tool is invaluable for those looking for financial assistance to get their next big idea or project off the ground.

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Choose Tap at your event

Council now has three free portable water stations for community groups to use at their events.

Council is providing these stations to help our community stay hydrated and to reduce the amount of single-use plastic water bottles in our environment.

All you need is access to drinkable water via a tap and attendees can fill up their reusable bottles until their hearts are content. Chiller boxes are also available to provide cold water through the water stations.

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WATCH THE VIDEO > Time to nominate heroes in our community. This year’s Citizen of the Year Meecham Philpott was deeply honoured to receive his award and is encouraging community members to nominate someone they know for an award. Nominations close Sunday, January 5, 2020.

Mountain Bike project pedals forward

An investigation into the feasibility of a mountain bike park in the Pioneer Valley has revealed a wealth of opportunities.

The business case and feasibility study, prepared by Otium Planning Group World Trail, consider the trail network concept, construction/maintenance costs and economic benefits.

They also undertook consultation with targeted stakeholders to address any ideas, issues or concerns with the Eungella-Finch Hatton Mountain Bike Park project.

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Strategies will help drive the region’s future economic growth

Two five-year strategies have been endorsed by council to continue driving the region’s future economic growth.

Councillors adopted the Economic Development Strategy 2020-2025 and Mackay Region Events Strategy 2020-2025.

The Economic Development Strategy identifies a vision of encouraging sustainable and diversified job and investment in the region and the Mackay Region Events Strategy outlines a vision for the region to be recognised as a leading events destination.

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Clubs Connect

Sport & Recreation Clubs Connect webpages have been developed on the Mackay Regional Council website. Clubs Connect, connecting clubs and volunteers in the Mackay region to a one-stop-shop for information, guidance and support.

These pages hold information to:

  • Sports Club Directory and Club Committee Contact Details
  • Funding
  • Volunteers
  • Incorporation and Licences
  • Leasing and Licence Agreements
  • Events Planning
  • Workshops
  • Resources Useful Links
  • Sign Up to our Sports E-newsletter
Visit Clubs Connect

Is your club or organisation prepared for a bushfire?

The bushfire season is upon us. So now is the time to review your Business Continuity Plan (BCP). Your BCP should contain all the information necessary to ensure that your club/organisation is able to resume critical activities in the event of a crises.

This could include a checklist to ensure you have a current contact list, back-ups of computer files, scanned copies of any important documents, such as insurance policies, and include a general clean-up of your premises to remove any debris.
It is also important to have a checklist to prepare your own home. 
For further information on how to prepare for emergencies, visit the Mackay Regional Council Emergency Dashboard at or contact the Emergency Management Team on

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.

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QLD Government Active Community Infrastructure Funding

Do you have an idea for infrastructure that brings the community together and inspires activity?

Expressions of interest have been extended to 6 December 2019 for Round 1 of the Queensland Sport and Recreation Active Community Infrastructure program. Round 2 Expressions of interest will open March 2020.

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Council 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 financial year. Applications close on the first Friday in October and May.


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My Community Directory and Diary

Do you represent a club or organisation that provides sporting or recreational activities?

Help us promote local activities towards improving health and well-being and connecting communities by listing on the Mackay Community Directory. Here’s seven reasons why you should list:

  • It’s FREE and simple
  • Publish and promote your organisation to your community
  • Stay up-to-date! Edit or update your listing at any time
  • Add events – open days, sports day sign-ons – to the diary
  • Keep connected! Social media feed integrates into your listing
  • Get information on the go – use the Access My Community app
  • Need help with your listing? Help desk support Monday - Friday, 8am-7pm.
List your club/organisation
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