Thursday, September 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

From Blokart Thrills To Cricket Spills

The Mackay region really does have it all happening.

Allow me to share a glimpse into the exciting whirlwind that was my weekend, that’s right, a journalist’s job is a 7-day-a-week affair – a delightful mix of work, motherhood, and a toddler who's rapidly approaching the six-month milestone. It's all about balance, right?

Thankfully, I'm blessed with colleagues and friends who are ever so willing to step in and lend a hand, occasionally whisking my little one away for a few hours, allowing me to dive headfirst into the buzz of our community events.

Now, let's talk about Friday night – a real standout on Mackay’s calendar. I had the pleasure of attending the "Dinner on the Runway," a heartwarming fundraiser for the Mackay Hospital Foundation. Picture this: an electrifying atmosphere, Mango Junction's captivating performance, and the charismatic MC, Rob Kidd, who had us in stitches. What struck me most was learning about the crucial role the Foundation plays in filling the gaps left by state funding.

Also on Friday, a "Touch of Teal" graced the Marina marquee, raising funds for the Trudy Crowley Foundation.

Saturday was a whirlwind of action, from the Sarina Beach Coconut Festival to the Eungella Ancient Arts & Craft Fayre. Personally, I found myself on the stunning Cape Hillsborough Beach, covering the sport of blokart racing—a thrilling pastime that, believe it or not, was born in New Zealand.

And on Sunday, Harrup Park was abuzz with international cricket as New Zealand A faced off against Australia A (see page 21 for the full report). Amidst all the hustle and bustle, I managed to sneak away to Whitehaven for the grand finale of "White on Whitehaven," an extravagant lunch hosted by Fish d'Vine. Events like these not only showcase the splendour of the Whitsundays but also solidify our region's reputation as a premier holiday destination.

Mackay never ceases to amaze with its vibrant energy, and there's always something happening every weekend. So, if you have an event that you believe deserves coverage, don't hesitate to reach out. While we strive to be everywhere, your help in keeping us informed is immensely appreciated.

You can reach me anytime via email, and whether I'm there in person (possibly with a toddler in tow) or we find a place for your event in our pages, our commitment to sharing your stories with the community is our passion.


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