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Flags Raised And Spirits Soar For  NAIDOC

Flags Raised And Spirits Soar For NAIDOC

National NAIDOC Week began on Monday 8th July, with a flag-raising ceremony hosted by the Mackay Regional Council, marking the start of a week-long celebration of Indigenous culture, history, and achievements. The event saw the participation of numerous community members, who gathered to witness the ceremony and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Tchundal Malar Aboriginal Dancers and the Mackay Torres Strait Islander Cultural Group delivere

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Returning To The Roots Of Compassion And Community Support

Returning To The Roots Of Compassion And Community Support

By Hannah McNamara Roots Collective: Restaurant, Café, Coffee & Bar embodies a sense of community that goes beyond serving great coffee and food. Nestled on Broad Street in Sarina and co-owned by Skye Bailey and her siblings, the venue stands as a unique sanctuary where members of the public can connect in an uplifting environment that also caters to those doing it tough. Through the Give Back Program, Roots Collective aims to feed those who are impacted by the cost-of-living crisis within t

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QME: The Pinnacle Event for Australia's Mining Industry

QME: The Pinnacle Event for Australia's Mining Industry

In the bustling heart of the Bowen Basin’s mining sector, the Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition (QME) stands as a monumental mining event, attracting thousands of industry professionals and enthusiasts to the Mackay Showgrounds from 23-25 July 2024. Recognised as Australia's largest regional mining exhibition and the largest in Queensland, QME has been a cornerstone of the mining industry in Mackay for over three decades. It is a biennial event that no one in the mining industry can af

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Local Young Boys Chosen To Represent Small Region On Big Fields

Local Young Boys Chosen To Represent Small Region On Big Fields

By Hannah McNamara Two local boys, Sangwani Chinula and Lucas Haack from Mackay have captured the hearts of their community with their exceptional achievements in rugby league, earning esteemed positions in Queensland representative teams and showcasing their talent on a broader field. Sangwani (also known as Sasa) was born in New Zealand, however, moved to Mackay at the age of two, embracing the region as his home while honing in on his rugby league dream. His hard work recently paid off whe

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Stunning 5 Bedroom Residence – The Perfect Entertainer
Stunning 5 Bedroom Residence – The Perfect Entertainer

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ARE YOU A CUSTOMER SERVICE HERO?  New Tourism Initiative Set To Streamline Service Delivery

ARE YOU A CUSTOMER SERVICE HERO? New Tourism Initiative Set To Streamline Service Delivery

A new initiative to streamline the tourism experience and provide unparalleled customer service to all Whitsunday visitors has been launched by a forward-thinking local marketing agency 8 Seconds, in collaboration with Tourism Whitsundays. The project is the brainchild of Tolita Dukes, Director of 8 Seconds, who was inspired to give local industry the tools to provide exemplary customer service by helping operators deliver best practice and sharpen their people skills. Read more on page 4. Cr

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Husband Found Not Guilty In Tragic Golf Buggy Incident That Killed Wife

Husband Found Not Guilty In Tragic Golf Buggy Incident That Killed Wife

Unexpected acceleration while performing a U-turn on a steep incline was cited as one of the contributing factors that could have caused the golf buggy accident that resulted in the death of newly wed Marina Hanna on Hamilton Island two years ago. Ms Hanna’s husband of 10 days, Robbie Awad was at the wheel on that fateful day in June 2022 and was subsequently charged with driving without due care and attention causing death, pleading not guilty to the charge. He did, however, plead guilty to f

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Flags Rise And People March NAIDOC Week Kicks Off In Bowen

Flags Rise And People March NAIDOC Week Kicks Off In Bowen

A beautiful array of colours, flags, banners and decorations lined the streets of Bowen on Monday the 8th of July for the annual NAIDOC Week Flag Raising and March. The event launches a week full of festivities, highlighting the communities' inclusive spirit and celebrating the invaluable contributions of the Indigenous members of the community. Girudala, a community control society, that is celebrating its 50th year, this year, organised and hosted the event with CEO Associate Professor Carmen

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Netball Stars Shine:  Under-14 Netballers Serve Up State Championship Victory!

Netball Stars Shine: Under-14 Netballers Serve Up State Championship Victory!

10 girls from Bowen Netball Association travelled down to Downey Park in Brisbane last week to compete in the Junior State Age Champs. The Under 14’s girls' team, coached by Rebecca Edgerton, achieved an incredible feat by taking first place in their division. Rebecca Edgerton stated how it was a “big four days of netball,” and the girls “did very well.” Rebecca also commented on how the girls had trained very hard leading up to the state championships and it was “their team spirit and hard wo

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ONE-OF-A-KIND HOME!

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ONE-OF-A-KIND HOME!
4
Beds
2
Baths
2
Cars
Pool
2
Cars

Discover this one-of-a-kind, architecturally designed
home nestled in a serene, family-friendly cul-desac
with breathtaking valley views and southerly
breezes. This modern masterpiece offers sleek
elegance and impeccable presentation throughout.
• Premium Blackbutt Flooring: Adds warmth and
style to every room, complemented by a dedicated
private study zone located at the front of the
property.
• Expansive Living and Dining: Featuring soaring
4-meter raked ceilings adding a touch of
sophistication, perfect for entertaining or relaxing
in style.
• Gourmet Kitchen: Showcases stunning
handmade concrete, waterfall countertops, a true
centrepiece for any culinary enthusiast, and a real
statement piece for the home.
• Spectacular Outdoor Living: Enjoy large wraparound
decks that capture the magnificent valley
views, perfect for outdoor dining or simply
unwinding taking in the valley views.
• Ample Storage: Includes an additional storage
room off the garage and a workshop under the
house, providing plenty of space for all your
needs. Internally you will not be disappointed with
kitchen overhead storage and linen cupboards.
• Comfort: The home includes a central ducted
cooling system throughout plus the additions of
fans
This unique home is a must-see for discerning
buyers. A truly stylish and functional home with
features that stand above the rest!

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MACKAY PROPERTY LISTINGS – WHITSUNDAY PROPERTY LISTINGS – BUY / RENT / LEASE – OPEN HOME TIMES

“MONTCLARE” - 1515 ACRES COASTAL GRAZING
“MONTCLARE” - 1515 ACRES COASTAL GRAZING
$6,750,000 Inspection By Appointment

• 1515 acres at Yalboroo. Predominantly level to undulating
cleared country including approx. 300 acres of formerly sugar
cane paddocks.
• Extensive pasture improvement program yielding a 450 breeder
carrying capacity.
• Abundant free irrigation water supply reticulates via electric
pump.
• Fenced into 19 main paddocks. Near new set of steel stock
yards.

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ELEVATED BUILDING SITE WITH SENSATIONAL SEA VIEWS
ELEVATED BUILDING SITE WITH SENSATIONAL SEA VIEWS
Auction on site 20/7/24 at 12pm Inspection By Appointment

• 1.16 ha site (2.9 acres) rises front to rear.
• Elevated building site with sensational sea and island views.
• Fenced on three sides, all usable land, power to boundary, cased
bore.
• Rural living with a view and only 20km to Mt Pleasant Shopping
Complex.

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BLUE CHIP – WEST MACKAY – DOUBLE BLOCK
BLUE CHIP – WEST MACKAY – DOUBLE BLOCK
$795,000 OPEN Sat: 10.15 - 10.45am

Situated on a generous 1416sqm allotment, this wonderful
residence offers a vintage vibe and revitalises classic charm into
a contemporary home. Architecturally designed, this home itself
comprises of four bedrooms, a study nook, three bathrooms,
formal dining area and sunken lounge, multipurpose/Rumpus
room, and a beautifully renovated kitchen. Additionally, the
home offers a large entertainment patio that overlooks the
sparkling pool, making it ideal to relax.

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The Epitome of Country Elegance at the Beaches
The Epitome of Country Elegance at the Beaches
AUCTION OPEN SAT 10:00AM-10:30AM

Step into the epitome of country elegance at 6 Panorama Court, where
every detail exudes charm and sophistication. Surrounded by lush
greenery and beautiful gardens, this home is a sanctuary of tranquillity,
offering a lifestyle that feels straight out of a magazine.
Nestled in the sought-after areab of Northern Beaches, just five
minutes from many of Mackay’s stunning beaches, this property sits
proudly on a spacious corner allotment of over 5,000sqm. Privacy and
serenity are yours to enjoy in this picturesque setting.
As you enter, high ceilings and original fretwork welcome you into the
home, that then flows seamlessly through to the kitchen, dining, and
living areas. The heart of the home, a stunning modern style kitchen,
boasts top-of-the-line Bosch appliances, stone countertops and
hidden walk-in pantry.
The living and dining area are grand in size and accentuated by the
natural light from the skylights - the character, of this space is so
inviting and homely, along with the gorgeous outlook across the leafy
backyard.
Entertaining is effortless with a wraparound veranda, perfect for
hosting gatherings all year round. In addition, sliding doors open onto
a covered rear deck, inviting you to unwind and take the surrounding
views of the Mackay region.
With four bedrooms and three living areas, there’s ample space for
the entire family. The private master bedroom boasts a large built-in
wardrobe, and a beautifully styled ensuite. There are three secondary
bedrooms complete with built in robes and air-conditioning - plus an
office/study, which are complemented by a main bathroom featuring
floor to ceiling tiles, a built in bath, separate shower, and an additional
powder room and large laundry.
Some of the many magnificent features of this property include:
- Modern kitchen complete with induction cooktop, walk in pantry,
convection oven and oven, stone benchtops, bosch appliances and
seamless cabinetry
- Vinyl plank flooring and ducted air conditioning in all living areas
- Three secondary bedrooms all complete with built in robes, split
system air conditioning and ceiling fans
- Main bathroom with built in bath, separate shower, and floor to
ceiling tiles
- Main bedroom with split system air-conditioning, walk-in robe,
ensuite with double vanity, toilet, shower and floor to ceiling tiles
- Office with built in desk
- An abundance of storage throughout the home
- Generously sized laundry with hidden sewing room
- Wrap around veranda, the rear deck of the home has added screening
perfect for entertaining on those simmer evenings
- Built in fire pit and pizza oven
- 14m x 6m 2 bay brick shed
- 10kw Solar
- 8m x8m garage with covered walkway to the house and electric
roller doors
- 135,000L resort style pool
- Rainwater tanks
- Manicured gardens and lawn compliment the home
- Flat useable land at the rear of the home
- 5439sqm allotment with multiple outdoor entertaining areas
- Dual access to the block from both Manning Street and Panorama
Court
6 Panorama Court is the true essence of country living – traditional
style home, big verandas, beautiful gardens on more than an acre. All
this and more only a short walk from the Northern Beaches Shopping
Precinct. Country living city convenience, what more could anyone ask
for.
To organise a viewing or for more information, please contact Mick
McLeod on 0408 777 971 or Ryan Patton on 0435 825 323.

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Balancing Life's Lemons With Laughter

Balancing Life's Lemons With Laughter

July 11, 2024

Navigating chemotherapy feels a bit like being in a surreal sitcom where the punchlines are tinged with irony. Last week marked the beginning of my chemo journey—an adventure (that nobody wants to be a part of) that’s turning out to be quite the rollercoaster ride. Imagine this: just hours before my first chemo session, my son, Brydon, decided to test his superhero skills by attempting flight off the bed. Straight onto his head. Ironically, it had been superhero day at daycare, and he had dres

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Building Safe Spaces For Pets In Care

Building Safe Spaces For Pets In Care

July 11, 2024

Mackay Pet Rescue Incorporated is deeply moved by Jacob Cook and Limitless Asset Assurance's extraordinary act of kindness. Jacob Cook and Limitless Asset Assurance's generous donation of time and materials to install secure fencing has profoundly expanded Mackay Pet Rescue Incorporated's capacity to provide safe shelter for more puppies in need of foster care. Jacob's selflessness and dedication have empowered foster carers to open their hearts and homes to these vulnerable little lives, ensu

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Mackay Recognised By Governor-General For Youth Leadership

Mackay Recognised By Governor-General For Youth Leadership

July 11, 2024

Mackay has earned accolades on the national stage, receiving a special mention from Australia's new Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Sam Mostyn AC, during her inaugural engagement in Canberra last week. Following her swearing-in as the 28th Governor-General of Australia, Mostyn officially opened the 2024 National General Assembly (NGA), where Mackay's proactive approach to youth engagement stood out. Mackay Regional Council CEO Scott Owen and Mayor Greg Williamson were present at

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Cutters Soar Over Seagulls

Cutters Soar Over Seagulls

July 11, 2024

The Mackay Cutters secured an impressive 20-14 victory over the Tweed Seagulls in the QRL Hostplus Cup, with crucial tries from Jaxon Purdue, Josh Smith, and Riley Dean. Playing a pivotal role in the number six jumper, Purdue, fresh from his successful NRL stint with the North Queensland Cowboys, combined seamlessly with halfback Riley Dean. This dynamic duo was instrumental in helping the Cutters notch their sixth win of the season, keeping their finals hopes alive. Purdue, a standout Queenslan

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Balling Success From Mackay To San Diego

Balling Success From Mackay To San Diego

July 11, 2024

Mackay’s very own Paris Santacaterina, has carved out an impressive legacy at Dodge City Community College (DCCC), leaving a memorable mark on the basketball courts over the past two seasons. Her journey from Australia to the heartland of America has been defined by extraordinary achievements both on and off the court. Paris achieved a milestone that hadn't been accomplished at DCCC since 1987, earning NJCAA All-American honours. This recognition played a pivotal role in the Conquistadors' su

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A Farewell To The Regions First Ever BMX Track

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July 11, 2024

The pedals are turning for a special event commemorating the farewell of the Walkerston BMX Track on Sunday, July 14th at 2pm. Situated at McLennan Park in Walkerston, this track has been fundamental to the Mackay BMX community since its inception in 1981 and was the first BMX Club to exist in the Mackay region. The track was founded by Fred Vella, Jamie Stuart, Joe and Ruth Gaviglio, Doug and Loraine Johnstone and Phil and Carmel Kirwan. All past and present members, life members, and the

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Bliss N Eso And Sneaky Sound System To Headline Epic Music Event

Bliss N Eso And Sneaky Sound System To Headline Epic Music Event

July 4, 2024

Mackay, it’s time to get rowdy for a jam-packed return of Rhythm & The Reef, set to be held at the picturesque Meadowlands Amphitheatre, Mackay Botanic Gardens on Saturday, October 5th. Against the backdrop of this breathtaking location, the festival promises to deliver a jaw-dropping line-up and an experience that will leave a lasting impression on both local and interstate punters alike. Proudly presented by FMS Group and Hit 100.3, Rhythm & The Reef, now in its fourth year, is poised to igni

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The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race  Review by Vicky Bobeldyk

The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race Review by Vicky Bobeldyk

July 11, 2024

In the quintessential Aussie country town of Appleton, change happens slowly if at all. Agricultural Show Society President ‘Bev Armstrong’ (Jeany Elliot), and Secretary ‘Barb Ling’ (Katrina Hansen) are planning the highlight of the year, The Annual Potato Race. Bringing in the requisite shandy is Bev’s daughter-in-law: overworked barmaid, hairdresser, kids footy coach, mother of four boys and reigning champion of the women’s race ‘Nikki Armstrong’. At Nikki’s salon, her prodigal sister, ‘Dr Pe

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A Night Of German Drama  Featuring ‘The Teachers’ Lounge’

A Night Of German Drama Featuring ‘The Teachers’ Lounge’

July 11, 2024

Dive into the next film night…tonight! Featuring: ‘The Teachers' Lounge,’ a 2023 German drama by Ilker Çatak. This film will broadcast from 7.30pm, this Friday July 12, at CQU Conservatorium of Music Theatre so book your tickets now! About the film: Commencing her first job at a high school, Carla Nowak, a dedicated sports and maths teacher, stands out among the new staff because of her idealism. When a series of thefts occur at the school and one of her students is suspected, Carla decides to

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She’s SIMPLY THE BEST

She’s SIMPLY THE BEST

July 11, 2024

One year on from the devastating news of the passing of musical icon Tina Turner, world-renowned tribute producers Showtime Australia are bringing their international concert production TINA The Ultimate Tribute to The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll to Mackay on 4 August 2024. “Tina Turner is universally loved – everyone young and old knows her music and there’s so many really energetic, upbeat rock and soul tracks that are the epitome of a good time, so we wanted to make the effort and give as many pe

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Watch The Decider At The Whitsundays Sportspark

July 12, 2024

Queensland and New South Wales are going head-to-head again on Wednesday for the third match in the State of Origin series and this one will be the decider following a 1 all draw from the previous two games. To celebrate this tight competition and cheer on the players, Whitsunday Sportspark is inviting the community to their new Club House to enjoy a lively evening of sporting excitement as the two historic rivals vie for the title once again. As everyone knows, footy is a game best shared and

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