August 30, 2019

Mountain biking on track for big things

Council’s Economic Development program is developing a business case and feasibility study for a mountain bike park in the upper Pioneer Valley. Initial estimates indicate the Mountain Bike Park could attract up to 18,000 extra visitors per year and more than $6 million in economic benefit for the region.

The feasibility study work has entered the detailed investigation phase with trail options being explored. Initial engagement has been undertaken with a range of stakeholders, with more detailed workshops to be held when concept plans have progressed on trail locations .

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North Queensland Sportstar Awards

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?

Nominations close Friday, September 13.


2020 Sports Expo and Sign-On Day

Save the date!
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the MECC

Showcase your sport or activity to 7000+ people.

Registrations open Monday, September 2, 2019


Mackay event guide launched

The event guide includes information on council regulations and fees, grants and sponsorship opportunities, safety guidelines and tips on useful event planning resources.

For more information on organising and running an event in the Mackay region, make sure you check out the brand new event guide.

Mackay Region Event Strategy

In consultation with economic strategist Luminair, council is developing the Mackay Region Event Strategy (2020 – 2025) to provide a strategic direction and focus for the acquisition and support of events in the Mackay region.

The draft strategy will be available for feedback in October.

If you would like to know more, please contact Lassara Camphuis, Economic Development, Mackay Regional Council,

‘Get Out’ and enjoy the following local events

Mackay Park Run
Every Saturday at 7am, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
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2019 Oceania Athletics Masters
August 31 - September 7
Mackay ARC
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Bowls Multi Disability State Titles
September 3 - 6
Souths Suburbans Bowls Club

Grasstree Beach Motorbike Races
September 8, Grasstree Beach
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Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland River 2 Reef Ride
September 14
Carlyle Street - Connecting to River Street, near Paxton’s Markets
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Etnies Rumble on the Reef
September 23 to September 29
Mackay Sugar Bowl
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2019 BMX QLD State Championships
September 23 to September 29
Sarina BMX Club
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Mackay Triathlon Festival
Saturday, September 28, Mackay ARC
Sunday, September 29, Mackay Surf Club
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Cricket Australia U17 Male National Championships
September 30 – October 10
Great Barrier Reef Arena (Harrup Park)

National Ride2Work Day 2019
Wednesday, October 16
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Run for Mi Life – Walkerston Fun Run
Sunday, October 20, Wests Leagues Club, Walkerston
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Rebel’s Women’s Big Bash League – Adelaide Strikers Vs Brisbane Heat
November 2 - 3
Great Barrier Reef Arena (Harrup Park)

QLD Government’s Sport and Recreation Strategy

Activate! Queensland 2019-2020 is Queensland Government’s 10-year strategy to further enrich the Queensland way of life.

Harnessing the pride of great sporting traditions, embracing iconic natural environment and building strong community foundations to deliver better health and well-being outcomes.

More information

Grapevine Group SafeTALK Free Suicide Prevention Training

Dudley Denny Library
Thursday, September 19, from 9am - noon

Ocean International, 1 Bridge Road
Tuesday, November 12, from 6pm - 9pm,

The safeTALK program will empower every member of your club – from players to coaches, managers, first aid officers and even parents, supporters and volunteers to know what to do, and how to have the conversation, when someone is at risk of suicide.

During the three-hour safeTALK course, you will learn how to become more alert to the prevention opportunities and offer help.


Register now or get more info

Fishing pier works begin

Work is set to begin on the reconstruction of the Hospital Bridge fishing pier.

A 15x11-metre L-shape design will be installed to replace the fishing pier that was damaged in Cyclone Debbie. The new design will increase the structural integrity of the pier for future flood events.

Contractors, Casa Engineering, are now on-site and will start work on this highly anticipated project.

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Clubs Connect webpages


Sport & Recreation Clubs Connect web pages have been developed on the Mackay Regional Council website. Clubs Connect will connect 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 enewsletter
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Is your club or organisation prepared for a bushfire?

The bushfire 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 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 place of residence. 
For further information on how to prepare for emergencies, visit the Mackay Regional Council Emergency Dashboard at or contact Kristie Brown, Emergency Management Officer on

The Great Northern Clean Up

Join us this Saturday (August 31) for the Great Northern Clean-Up. Lets make Mackay clean, green and pristine!

Simply turn up to a registered site wearing closed-in shoes and sturdy gloves. Bring a hat, some sunscreen and water and join in our biggest community clean-up event.

Registered sites

Council supersizes community grants

The region’s not-for-profit groups, clubs and organisations are about to get a $560,000 injection thanks to our supersized Community Grants Program.

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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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 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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