November 30, 2021

2022 Online Sports Expo & Sign-On

In-person event – Sunday, February 13, 2022 (9am - 4.30pm), MECC and online 

Due to the current restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Sports Expo and Sign-On at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre will be capped at 100 stallholders.With the success of the 2021 online event, there will also be an opportunity to promote your club on an online platform.

The Sports Expo and Sign-On, now in its 12th year, will be transformed into a physical and online event.
A wide range of sporting organisations, teams and active leisure groups will be displayed at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre and online to provide a "one-stop information shop" of exciting get-active opportunities on offer in our region.

  • Stallholder priority is given to clubs registered for Clubs Connect
  • Online-only option available
  • Sport and recreation exhibitors will be on display
  • Online Active Zone demonstrations
  • Prizes will be on offer

Registrations close midnight, November 30.

Register your club today!

Nominate your local hero for the Australia Day Awards

Do you know someone who has excelled in their chosen sport this year, either as a representative or as a volunteer who gives generously of their time?

Nominations are now open for the Mackay Regional Council Australia Day Awards and council is looking for residents worthy of the Senior Sports and Young Sports Award. The Senior Sports Award is for those 26 years and over, and the Young Sports Award is for those 16 years to 25 years.

The 2021 senior winner was Melissa Milton, the director of the Tropical Central Coast National Barrel Racing Horse Association, and the junior winner was Jordan Bliss, a goalkeeper for Norths Devils Hockey Club.

Nominations close January 5, 2022.

Nominate today!
Do you know someone who gives selflessly for our community or achieves outstanding results in sport, the arts or cultural endeavours? Nominate them for a 2022 Australia Day Award.

North Queensland Sports Foundation Sportstar Awards

Congratulations to all the NQ Sportstar of the Year Award winners, runners up and nominees whom represented their regions at the North Queensland Sports Foundation 30th NQ Sportstar Awards Gala held on Saturday, October 30, 2021.
Mackay Regional Council was very well represented;

  • Mackay Meteors Mackay Basketball winning the category for NQ Sportstar Team of the Year
  • Ethan Weiss Mad Mountain Bike Club Runner Up for NQ Junior Sportstar of the Year
  • Brayden Foxley-Conolly Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association - Mackay Runner Up NQ Athlete with a Disability Sportstar of the Year
  • Dave Benson Mackay Netball Association - MNA nominee for the Alan Ticehurst Memorial Award for Service to North Queensland Sport
  • Sarah Purnell Claddagh School of Irish Dance Mackay & Marian Irish Dancing nominee for the NQ Senior Sportstar Award
  • Hall of Fame inductee Cathy Freeman, accepted by Nieces Armani & Mya Freeman

Ride Mackay

Have you spotted our Ride Mackay corflutes out in the community? Well, if you haven't, you might be missing out on sharing in $2000 worth of cycling and sporting vouchers.

Now is the time to get out and ride Mackay! To take part in this exciting new active transport promotion, all you have to do is check out the new online platform –

To encourage residents to check out the new site and then explore the rides on offer, council is offering $2000 in gift vouchers from local cycling and sporting stores.

To go into the draw to win, visit one of our Ride Mackay shared pathways, find a Ride Mackay corflute and scan the QR code with the camera on your phone!
Do you run, walk, ride a course that’s not shown on our online platform? Email a copy of your gpx file to to be included in the platform. $50 vouchers are available for successful submissions (while funding is available).

More details

Activate Mackay Region

Join subsidised fitness classes in the Mackay city and suburbs. All programs are $5, paid directly to the service provider.
Activate Mackay Region is an initiative of Mackay Regional Council and will run until June 30, 2022.

View the timetable of activities

Active in the Regions

Join subsidised fitness classes in rural locations such as Sarina, Sarina Range, Finch Hatton and Dows Creek. All programs are $5, paid directly to the service provider.

Active in the Regions is an initiative of Mackay Regional Council and Move IT NQ, funded by NQPHN, and will run until March 31, 2022.

View the timetable of activities

Clubs Connect

Has your club or not-for-profit organisation registered for Clubs Connect?
Clubs Connect is an initiative of Mackay Regional Council designed to assist and empower clubs in the region. It’s a one-stop-shop for information, guidance and support.
Joining provides you access to resources, the modern club management kit, club locker room, calendars, noticeboard, accreditation Levels, tailored support from the Sport & Recreation Development Officers and makes you eligible to register for the Sports Expo.

Register today

Is your club/organisation prepared for an emergency?

The storm 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 vitally important to be aware of the dangers of unsecured equipment and facilities, which can pose a threat to property and life during a high wind event.  Make a plan now to ensure all your equipment and facilities are appropriately secured as part of your preparations for storm season.  

More information

Council Christmas closures

Mackay Regional Council operations will be closed from December 25 to January 3 (inclusive).
Libraries will close December 25 to January 3 (inclusive).
Council’s local call centre will close from December 25 until January 3 (inclusive), with after-hours services operating during this time for emergency calls.

The customer service centre in Mackay will be closed from December 20 to January 9 (inclusive). Reopening on Monday, January 10.

Council’s Mirani customer service centre will be closed from December 25 to January 9 (inclusive), and the Sarina office will be closed from December 20 to January 9 (inclusive). They will both reopen to the public on Monday, January 10.

More details

My Community Directory + 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 are 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 and edit or update your listing at any time
4. Add events – open days, sports day sign-ons 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? Ask the help desk support Monday to Friday, from 8am to 7pm.

Lodge your listing

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.

View the portal

Council's 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.

Grants are offered three times each year. Applications close on the first Friday in September, February and April.

More details

Junior sporting grants

Council is proud to support the community with a variety of grant and funding opportunities all year round.

Council's sporting grants aim to provide financial assistance toward the cost of team levies, registration, uniforms, travel and other costs associated with junior sportspersons participating in national and international competitions.

More details

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. ​

Funding Finder
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