September 2, 2020

Spring Fit Health Challenge

We are excited to announce that council has partnered with Star 101.9 to help get the community active in Spring with a new campaign called Spring Fit.
There will be more than $2500 in prizes up for grabs including three major prizes and smaller weekly prizes.

One of the main components of the Spring Fit campaign will be our council “health challenge”. The health challenge will require the public to go to the council webpage and register by setting a goal (eg I want to be more active, I want to run a half marathon or I want to run 10km non-stop etc).

After completing their health challenge goal, participants need to email their photos/videos or proof of completing their goal to

More information

National Walk Safely to School Day

National Walk Safely to School Day will be held on Friday, September 11.

Now in its 21st year, National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school.

It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.

More details

National Ride2Work Day

National Ride2Work Day will be held on Wednesday, October 21.

Joining Ride2Work Day helps people who have never commuted by bike before to give it a go and allows regular riders to stay motivated and encourage their work mates to get involved.


Active in the City

Active in the City continues with Time Out Tai Chi, Balance Minder by Leanne Simpson, Zumba with Elena and in the warmer months Aqua Fitness with Sue.

Our Active in the City program is a great way to get fit and meet new friends.

An initiative of Mackay Regional Council, this ever-changing 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

Active in the Region (Activate Your Health)

Active in the Region is a program run through Live Life Get Active. The Live Life Get Active program delivers free weekly sessions available in the Northern Beaches, Sarina and Mackay City. Places are limited so booking is essential.
For a full list of locations and times and to register for your free session/s, visit the Live Life Get Active website.
Live Life Get Active - Mackay City (Council front lawn) - Register now
Live Life Get Active - Northern Beaches (Blacks Beach) - Register now
Live Life Get Active – Sarina - Register now

Activate Your Health is an initiative proudly funded by council, North Queensland Sports Foundation and North Queensland Primary Health Network which created the new Active in the Region sessions.

Find out more

Volunteers portal

Mackay Community Directory has a  Volunteers portal

This will provide 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

COVID-19 Recovery Assistance Grant

Mackay Regional Council are offering a one-off financial assistance grant to not-for-profits in our region who have been impacted by COVID-19. Applicants can apply for up to $5000 to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19. 

Funding is available across three categories based on the turnover of the organisations and the level of impact from the pandemic to the values of up to $1000, up to $2000 and up to $5000.

Applications close midnight on Friday, September 4.

More information

Tool to find funding opportunities – Funding Finder

Have you checked out Funding Finder lately?  Pop on and check out the new disaster grant button that will provide a quick list of all recovery grants on offer.

Funding Finder is a one-stop-shop for grants from across the nation.  It is an easy to use search engine for all the business and community grants on offer now and coming up.
Visit the Funding Finder

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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