Thursday, July 7, 2022

A new way to pay for parking in the CBD

Council is launching a new council-branded parking app later this month. This will replace the PayStay parking app. The new app, Mackay Parking, will be available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store soon.
Use of the current parking app, PayStay, has now ceased at Mackay’s four off-street paid parking spaces, and the Mackay Parking app will go live on July 18. This means council will be offering FREE parking until July 17 at council’s paid car parks.

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NAIDOC Family Day moves to Jubilee Park

Council have worked with the Mackay NAIDOC committee to move the popular NAIDOC Family Fun Day from Queens Park to Jubilee Park tomorrow (Friday, July 8). 

This decision was made after the recent prolonged wet weather event forced the cancellation of the last two days of Daly Bay Illuminate due to waterlogging. Upon inspection it has been decided the grounds are still unsuitable for driving on with food trucks, passenger vehicles and equipment.

To facilitate these food trucks at Jubilee Park there will be some reduced kerbside parking along Alfred Street to allow them to set up adjacent to the park. 
The NAIDOC Street Parade will still assemble in Macalister Street at 10am and make its way down Victoria and Sydney streets before turning down Alfred Street.

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Help us protect and enhance Sarina Beach

The draft Local Coastal Plan (LCP) for Sarina Beach has now been released for public comment. 
This plan builds on the priorities and actions identified in the Sarina Beach Management Guidelines for Coastal Zone developed by Sarina Shire Council in 2006. Council has partnered with Reef Catchments to develop the updated plan.  

Come along to one of three drop-in sessions at Sarina to learn more and leave your feedback.

  • Session 1: Sunday, July 24, 9am - 11am at Sarina Beach Surf Club
  • Session 2: Tuesday, July 26, 4pm - 5pm at Owen Jenkins Park
  • Session 3: Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31 at Sarina Show
Have your say
Council is rehabilitating Pioneer Street between Holts Road and the roundabout near Northview State School. The work is scheduled to start from Monday, July 18, weather permitting, with work expected to be completed in December. Watch our video or visit Connecting Mackay for more information.

Future leaders in local government welcomed

A new partnership between Mackay Regional Council and the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) is bringing a pilot program to the region that will revolutionise how young people are included in local government.

The Young Mayors program will support people aged 17 and under to get elected to the youth cabinet, positioning young people as decision makers on issues that impact their future.

Elected by young people in the Mackay region, the youth cabinet will work together to define priority areas, and work with council to implement projects and events.

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Coastal living highlighted through art

A new beachside music festival, the Keswick Island Artwork Trail and a photographic exhibition featuring water sport culture have all received a funding boost.

Council has approved more than $47,000 in grants, which will be put towards 11 projects as part of the latest Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) round.

RADF Committee chair Cr Fran Mann said a celebration of coastal living was a real theme in the applications for this round of funding.

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Art for the ears comes to Artspace Mackay

Artspace Mackay’s newest exhibition “Material Sound” will have gallery visitors immersed in a cacophony of sound created by a myriad of materials.

It features newly commissioned work by artists Vicky Browne, Pia van Gelder, Caitlin Franzmann, Peter Blamey, Vincent and Vaughan Wozniak-O’Connor and Ross Manning.

Each of these artists’ work investigates sound and materials within art and performance.

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Mackay Festival of Arts’ upcoming events

There is entertainment galore in July as part of the Mackay Festival of Arts. Here are some key dates to mark in your calendar:

  • Read the Room – July 7-8
  • Festival Hub – July 7-8
  • The Alphabet of Awesome Science – July 14-15
  • Barbaroi – July 15
  • Wisely Wine & Food Day – July 16
  • Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch – July 24
  • Mingle at Melba – July 30
  • Bare Burlesque – July 30-31
See all the events
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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