February 24, 2020

National Ride2School Day

Friday, March 13, 2020

National Ride2School Day is Australia’s biggest celebration of active travel and one of the best days on the school calendar.

It is a day full of fun and colour where students, teachers and parents discover the joy of riding and kick-start healthy habits for the future.

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National Walk Safely to School Day

Friday, May 15,2020

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.

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Volunteer Expo

Sunday, May 24, 10am to 2pm

The Mackay Volunteers Expo is back for 2020 with the date set for Sunday, May 24 from 10am - 2pm. 

The Volunteers Expo is an event designed to promote local volunteering opportunities; provide community groups with promotion, exposure and an opportunity to recruit new volunteers and; acknowledge and celebrate the valuable contribution volunteers make to our community. 

Registrations are now open for local community organisations and groups who would like to showcase themselves at the expo. 

To register, contact Tamara Flynn

2020 Optus Sports Expo and Sign-On Day Wrap-Up

The full-time siren has sounded on the Optus Sports Expo and Sign-on Day - the biggest and best in the event's 10-year history. Upwards of 8000 people came up to chat to more than 120 exhibitors in both MECC foyers and the outside area. Dozens of come-and-try activities complemented demonstrations in three jam-packed active zones.

The Sports Expo Committee would like to thank all clubs involved in another successful 2020 Sports Expo and Sign-On Day.

Thanks to our major sponsor Optus, Silver sponsor Harrup Park Great Barrier Reef Arena and to our other sponsors Star 101.9FM Mackay and Classic Hits 4MK.

The Sports Expo Committee have been seeking feedback from exhibitors and hope to see you all at the Sports Expo in 2021.

WATCH VIDEO > Were you among the 8000-odd crowd that came to the 2020 Optus Sports Expo and Sign-on Day? See if you can spot yourself or your sport in our video.

Sport & Recreation Development Team

The Sport & Recreation Development Team provide support to local sporting and recreation organisations.

Partner with health, business and government networks to build programs. Develop, implement and evaluate strategies for individuals and the community to participate in sport and recreation activities.
For enquiries please contact Linda Single or Liz Crane at

Choose Tap at your event

Council now has three free portable water stations for community groups to use at their events.

Council is providing these stations to help our community stay hydrated and to reduce the amount of single-use plastic water bottles in our environment.

All you need is access to drinkable water via a tap and attendees can fill up their reusable bottles until their hearts are content. Chiller boxes are also available to provide cold water through the water stations.

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Active in the City

There are plenty of ways to get Active in the City! From Zumba, tai chi, and aqua fitness to boxing, cross training, and yoga, 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.

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Volunteers Portal

Mackay Community Directory has an exciting new 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 or organisation prepared for the storm and cyclone season?

Storm and cyclone 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

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.

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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.

To find Funding Finder, look under the Community tab on the Mackay Regional Council website or click below.
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Council community grants

Round 2 of the Community Grants are open. 

Not-for-profit community groups are eligible to apply for funding up to $30,000 under four categories: small equipment, community grants, minor infrastructure, and minor assets. 

The round closes Friday, May 1. 

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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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