Thursday, February 9, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 10 February

Friday SUN.sets

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

Knock off drinks, lakeside dinner, good friends, and LIVE MUSIC.

Wake House Australia

Lucid Wings Duo Live

Friday, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Cap off your work week at the Seabreeze Hotel. Dance the night away with Lucid Wings performing from 7pm - 10pm.

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 11 February

Remembering Shandee - 10 Year Commemoration

Saturday, 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Remember Shandee Blackburn while supporting Mackay Women's Services at Harrup Park on Field 2 with access via the front of the club. A community event to commemorate Shandee 10 years on. Kids face painting, balloon twisting and bubble release on sunset to remember Shandee. Huge raffles with all proceeds going to Mackay Women's Services providing support for families affected by domestic violence. Gold Coin Donation on Entry. Special visit by Nigel Dalton from crime prevention on site. Live music performance by Vama.

Harrup Park

Sunday 12 February

JET Maintenance Services Sports Expo and Sign-on

Sunday, 9:00am to 1:00pm

The JET Maintenance Services Sports Expo and Sign-on is back! The action-packed event will be live at the MECC on Sunday, February 12 from 9am to 1pm.

The in-person event will include interactive stalls, active zone demonstrations, the crowd favourite mascot race and competitions and prizes.


Workshop: Exploring Public Art with Bernadette Boscacci

Sunday, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Local artists are invited to join acclaimed public art practitioner Bernadette Boscacci as she shares practical information and advice for developing and managing quality public art projects in public spaces. Public art enhances built and natural environments, engages people, supports the development of the local arts sector and provides opportunities for cultural tourism. This workshop will feature a visual presentation, open discussion and engaging activities, providing participants with an opportunity to share their ideas, explore concept designs and create maquettes for public art projects.

Artspace Mackay

Sunday Live Music – Mango Junction

Sunday, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Music every Sunday from 2pm - 5pm. Head down to the Seabreeze Hotel this Sunday for some fresh tunes, delicious food, and ice-cold brews.

Seabreeze Hotel

Monday 13 February

Pioneer Toastmasters Speechcraft Program

Monday, February 13 to Monday, March 13, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Join the Pioneer Toastmasters Speechcraft Program, where leaders are made. Learn to become a confident speaker in a friendly atmosphere. Speechcraft is an interactive short course designed for beginners. Over five sessions, you will develop your skills for public speaking and leadership abilities in a supporting and encouraging environment. Learn how to: Speak comfortably and effectively in front of people; Organise and present your ideas logically and convincingly; Confront and control your nervousness; Use body language in different ways; Select the right words to communicate ideas; Run effective meetings. Cost is $140 (includes all five sessions and course material). Places are strictly limited. Book now! Contact Stephen Oberg on 0409 232 368 or email

Jubilee Community Centre

Tuesday 14 February

Library Lovers in the Gardens

Tuesday, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Find out how your local library enriches the lives of the community. The Mackay Regional Council Libraries Community Outreach team will be out and about, reading stories, making paper craft out of recycled books and a range of other activities for all ages and abilities. Who knows what you will discover about the library.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Valentines Cabaret at Haunt Mackay

Tuesday, 6:30pm

Join Haunt Mackay for this one night only hilarious cabaret show. Treat yourself, bring your loved one or you and all your single pals.

Haunt Mackay

Wednesday 15 February

Teen Shed Mackay Teen Circle

Every Wednesday, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Teen Circle is a place for all teens in the community to come together. It's a safe space for them to connect, heal & learn from each other. They can be seen, heard & understood with no judgement. It's a space to honour the uniqueness of each individual, everyone is equal. They will be able to speak from their hearts about things that trouble, annoy, frustrate them. This gathering will be held every Wednesday, all teenagers are welcome to attend. It is a free event, but attendees are asked to register for numbers.

Kutta Mulla Gorinna Special Assistance School

Mackay Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, 6:30am to 10:30am

The market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

Sugar City Rock and Roll Mackay Club Wednesday Night Lessons

Every Wednesday, 7:00pm

Why not come along and learn to rock ‘n’ roll in a friendly and fun atmosphere with the Sugar City Rock ‘n’ Rollers Mackay Club? Previous experience is not required. Everyone learns at their own pace and, even better, the first lesson is free on your way to learning the four step style of rock ‘n’ roll. $5 for members and $8 for non-members after that. The club caters for social activities for club members with regular dances with live bands in attendance and away trips. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Anh Do

Wednesday, 7:30pm

Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.” Anh’s stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story.


Thursday 16 February

Mackay Riverside Market

Every Thursday, 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Come and meet your local growers, bakers and makers, chill on the lawn listening to some beautiful tunes and grab some delicious dinner and desert.

Bluewater Quay

Exhibition Floor Talk – Deanna Hitti

Thursday, 5:30pm

Lebanese-Australian artist book and print maker Deanna Hitti explores identity and visual misrepresentation themes in M is for Madraseh (School). In an ambitious 156-panel installation, Hitti combines cyanotype and colour screen print to re-present exoticised visual portrayals of the East. Early nineteenth century French Orientalist imagery overlayed with text from a language text book in Arabic creates an interplay between object, figure and language. In doing so, Hitti deliberately interrogates the Western gaze, giving agency to the dualities that exist within her own cultural identity.

Artspace Mackay

Caption 1: Lucid Wings Duo

Caption 2: Remembering Shandee

Caption 3: Sports Expo and Sign-on

Caption 4: Mango Junction

Caption 5: Anh Do

Caption 6: Exhibition Floor Talk – Deanna Hitti

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