Thursday, September 1, 2022

New signs and trees to be installed after vandalism

Two signs and 53 new trees will be installed at two vegetation vandalism sites.

Environmental vandals have caused considerable damage to environmentally significant Melaleuca trees along the Shoal Point foreshore. 

In all, 11 trees were damaged in front of 100 Hodges Road, with three trees, including one cluster, being removed completely. 

Deputy Mayor Karen May said this damage to the foreshore vegetation was classified as “extremely significant” and council would deliver the full weight of its vegetation vandalism policy. 

“We will be replanting the area at a rate of three-to-one, meaning 33 new plants for that location, and we will be installing a 1800 by 3600 millimetre billboard sign to educate the public on the importance of our coastal vegetation,” Cr May said. 

Also at Shoal Point, a group of at least 10 trees look to have been poisoned in front of Belangason Way.

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Clean Up, The Mackay Region collects tonnes of rubbish

A huge thank you to those dedicated volunteers who participated in this year’s Clean Up, The Mackay Region events.

More than four tonnes of rubbish, including shopping trolleys, plastics, tyres, bicycles, timber, car parts, roof guttering, cans and plastic bottles and hundreds of cigarette butts, was picked up across the nine different clean-up sites over two weekends. About 80 percent of the items collected were diverted from landfill and sent for resale at Incredable Tip Shop. Metal and cardboard were sent for recycling, and bottles and cans were donated to Containers for Change. 

Hundreds of costumed kids flock to Picnic in the Gardens 

The picnic, hosted by Mackay Regional Council Libraries, featured 18 stallholders, roving puppets, face painting, a Baby Bounce and a Story Time session.

It was held at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens last Thursday, August 25. Council’s Corporate Communications team were at the event to snap a few photos.   

Check out the wild and wonderful costumes on council's Facebook page.

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Rural view roundabout reopens to motorists

Residents can now access Northern Beaches Central and Reed Street via the roundabout from Rosewood Drive.

Mackay Regional Council Director Development Services Aletta Nugent said the temporary access, which was not a designated road, was put in place during construction works of the Woolworths shopping complex.

“This is a great example of council working with a developer to achieve an outcome that is advantageous for the whole community," Ms Nugent said.

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Pay rates notices online

Residents are advised that rate notices have been sent out and time is running out to be eligible for the Early Bird Payment Initiative. 

To be eligible, residents are encouraged to pay their rates by Monday, September 5, to go in the draw for the chance to win one of three $500 prizes. Conditions apply. 

Rates were issued on Monday, August 22, and residents should have received them by now. If you have not yet received your rates notice, please call council’s Client Service Centre on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) as soon as possible.   

Payment will be due on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. 

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Bluewater Lagoon to reopen for holidays  

Council is looking forward to welcoming residents back to the Bluewater Lagoon on Saturday, September 17.

Lifeguarding Services Australia Pty Ltd has been announced as the successful applicant of the tender to operate and manage the facility over the next two years. Mayor Greg Williamson said council was pleased to secure a new operator in time for the September school holidays. 

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Lyre Bird Press history told in new Artspace exhibition 

New exhibition opens at Artspace Mackay.

From 1977, Lyre Bird Press produced more than 50 artists’ books, ranging from luxury publications to experimental book forms, involving creators of all kinds. 

Some of those works, as well as bookplates and ephemera, will form an exciting major exhibition opening this week at Artspace Mackay. 

The exhibition, Tales of the Lyre Bird, will open in the Main Gallery this Friday, September 2, along with D. Harding: The Wall (Foyer Gallery) and Veronika Zeil: Echo Forest – the Eloquence of Trees (Foundation Gallery). 

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Memorial Swim Centre reopens next week 

Memorial Swim Centre will reopen to the public on Monday, September 5.  

Due to staff shortages, the facility will temporarily operate with reduced hours until more staff can be recruited and trained. 

This means the facility will be open from 5.30am to 12.30pm on weekdays, and 8am to 12.30pm on weekends when it reopens next week. 

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Your councillors are:
Mayor Greg Williamson, Deputy Mayor Karen May, Cr Martin Bella, Cr Laurence Bonaventura, Cr Justin Englert, Cr Michelle Green, Cr Belinda Hassan, Cr Alison Jones, Cr Fran Mann, Cr Russell Seymour and Cr Pauline Townsend.
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