September 2, 2022

Get Ready Queensland - Win a visit from JT

You could win a school visit from State of Origin legend, Jonathan Thurston by getting ready for disaster season!

Learning about severe weather and disasters does not have to be frightening. Simply choose one or more activities, snap a picture and submit to Get Ready Queensland, and go in the draw for the 2022 QLD School Competition!
Competition closes Friday, October 7,  2022.

How to enter


Join our Healthier Parent Program

A child friendly free six-week exercise program begins Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

Meet other parents for morning tea and weekly guest speakers focused on improving the overall wellbeing of parents in the first 1000 days.

Guest speaker topics include:

  • Feeding and sleep tips and tricks
  • Infant first aid and CPR
  • Pelvic floor and ab separation
  • Mindfulness
  • Development and milestones
  • Positive parents (ditching Google parenting)

Session 1
Tuesday, September 6, 9.30am at Andergrove Hall
Low intensity activity with Shannon Smith (Pilates Instincts)

Session 2
Wednesday, September 7, 9.30am at Andergrove Hall
High intensity - low impact activity with Lauren Neill (Women's Health Physio Mackay)

This project is funded as part of the Move It NQ project through North Queensland Sports Foundation and Northern Queensland PHN.

Register your interest
Clubs Connect was launched last year as an online one-stop-shop for information, guidance and support for sporting clubs. Now community groups and not-for-profits have access to this valuable resource.

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

Nominate a local sporting legend

Nominations are now open for the 2022 North Queensland Sportstar Awards.
The North Queensland Sportstar Awards are held to recognise the achievements of our outstanding North Queensland Athletes across all sports. The Awards are not only the ultimate recognition for all North Queensland Athletes, but a true celebration of sport across North Queensland.

Nominations close:
Midnight, Monday, September 19, 2022.

Gala event:
Hosted by Cloncurry Shire Council, Saturday, November 5, 2022.

Various categories with first place and runner-up prizes on offer.

Nominate today

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, 2023.

View the timetable of activities

Active in the Regions

Join subsidised fitness classes in rural locations such as Sarina, 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 and will run until June 30, 2023.

View the timetable of activities

Choose tap at your event

Council 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.

Hire a water station

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.
For further information on how to prepare for emergencies visit the Mackay Regional Council Emergency Dashboard below..

Emergency Dashboard

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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