November 30, 2020

2021 Online Sports Expo & Sign-On

As a result of the current restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sports Expo and Sign-On Day is unable to be held in its usual format at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.

The event, which is now in its 11th year, will be transformed into an online event for the whole month of February.

A wide range of sporting organisations, teams and active leisure groups will be displayed online to provide a ‘one stop information shop’ of exciting get-active opportunities on offer in our region.

  • Sport and recreation exhibitors will be on display
  • Inter-active zones will provide video demonstrations
  • Heaps of prizes will be on offer for clubs/groups and the general public!

Registrations close midnight tonight, Monday, November 30, 2020.

Register online

Nominate your local hero for the Australia Day Awards

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

After a tough year, there has never been a better time to recognise someone who goes above and beyond for our community. 

Nominations are open and recognising a local hero takes just a few minutes of your time.  

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.

Nominations close January 6, 2021.

Nominate now
Nominate your local hero for the Australia Day Awards

North Queensland Sports Foundation Senior and Junior Service to Sport Awards

Mackay’s nominee Melissa Ferrier took out the win for the NQSF Large LGA Senior Service to NQ Sport Award.
Melissa started volunteering for netball at the age of 13 as an umpire at Downey Park Netball and has continued her volunteering with Brothers Netball Club Mackay.
Melissa has undertaken a large array of roles from umpire, coach to committee member.
During the COVID period, Melissa continued to provide training programs for athletes to follow and motivation to stay on course.
Melissa may also be in line to volunteer at the Olympics after volunteering at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Mackay’s nominee Maci Comiskey, Netball, was a finalist in the Junior Service to NQ Sport Award.
Congratulations to both Maci and Melissa on receiving recognition for their contribution to sport in the Mackay region.

Active in the City

There are plenty of ways to get Active in the City! From Tai Chi and Zumba to Aqua Fitness - our Active in the City program is a great way to get fit and meet new friends.

An initiative of Mackay Regional Council, this program provides a range of exciting physical activities and is free of charge.

All activities cater for varying levels of fitness and ability and are suitable for beginners.

For further information and to register for certain activities, visit

Tell us your thoughts on the draft Mackay Region Integrated Transport Strategy (MRITS)

An integrated and connected transport system, that is both safe and efficient, is critical to the development and growth of the Mackay region’s economy, as well as the liveability and quality of life for people within our region.

The MRITS project will establish the vision and set the strategic directions for an integrated transport and land-use system to 2036.

Council invites you to complete a feedback form and let us know your ideas. Your feedback will assist council to develop a long-term vision for the Mackay region and to better meet the community's needs.

To provide your feedback visit 

Feedback closes Friday, December 18 at 11.59pm.
View the draft strategy

Find funding opportunities with Funding Finder

Never miss a funding opportunity again! Council’s Funding Finder is 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.

Check it out

Council Christmas closure

Mackay Regional Council operations will be closed from Friday, December 25, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021 (inclusive).
Libraries will close at 5pm on Thursday, December 24, 2020.
Front counter services will be closed as follows: Mackay and Sarina closed COB Friday, December 18, 2020 and re-open Monday, January 11, 2021, and Mirani closed COB Friday, December 18, 2020 and re-open Monday, January 4, 2021. During this time online and call centre access will remain functional.

More details

Volunter portal

Mackay Community Directory has a  Volunteers Portal

This portal provides an opportunity for your organisation, group or sporting club to list their volunteer needs. These vacancies are then displayed along with your organisation’s details on Mackay Community Directory Volunteers Portal.

Volunteers are able to search local volunteer jobs by category, organisation or keyword.    

For more information on Volunteer Job Ads visit here

For a step by step guide on how to create a Volunteer Job Ad click here 

Is your club/organisation prepared for an emergency?

The disaster season is upon us. So now is the time to develop 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 crisis.  

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 place of residence.

Visit the Emergency Dashboard

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

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 wellbeing and connecting communities by listing on the Mackay Community Directory.

Here’s seven reasons why you should list

1. It’s FREE and simple
2. Publish and promote your organisation to your community
3. Stay up to date! Edit or update your listing at any time.
4. Add events to the diary
5. Keep connected! Social media feed integrates into your listing
6. Get information on the go – Use the Access My Community App
7. Need help with your listing? Help Desk Support Mon-Fri 8am-7pm.

List your club/organisation

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.

More details
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