Thursday, January 18, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Northern Beaches Welcomes Playgroup Initiative

In a bid to foster connection and support within the rapidly expanding Northern Beaches community in Mackay, a new initiative is set to launch – the Northern Beaches Community Playgroup. This free playgroup opportunity aims to provide a welcoming and relaxed space for parents and children to come together, play, and strengthen their sense of community.

Rebecca Cooper, one of the organisers, expressed her excitement for the upcoming launch.

"We are thrilled to bring this opportunity to the area, further complementing the existing playgroups and providing a new option for parents and children to connect and play in nature,” she said.

The official launch is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30th, from 9:15 am to 11:15 am at the Northern Beaches Community Hall, located at 24 Wallace Street, Bucasia. Ms Cooper encourages everyone to attend: "Our launch is a free event, and we invite everyone to join us for a delightful morning filled with activities and the chance to learn more about what our playgroup has to offer."

The playgroup is made possible through the generous support of grants, including the Mackay Regional Council Community Grant and the BHP/BMA Benefiting My Community Program.

"The grants have allowed us to bring in various activity providers and offer a mix of indoor and outdoor play, creating a dynamic experience for both parents and children,” Ms Cooper said.

Sessions will alternate between the Community Hall in Bucasia and the Eimeo Esplanade, with a variety of activities planned, including sessions with providers such as Active Squirtz, Kids Yoga, Wild Puppets, Toddler Time Soft Play Hire, and the First Five Forever program.

"We aim to provide not just a playgroup but a holistic experience, where families can connect, children can play, and everyone can strengthen their sense of community,” Ms Cooper added.

What sets this playgroup apart is its commitment to creating a sense of belonging and providing outreach services to the community. Ms Cooper highlights the collaboration with organisations like The Neighbourhood Hub and Mackay Connected Beginnings, as well as the monthly visit from the Qld Health Child Health Nurse, as key components of their support system.

As a Northern Beaches resident, she understands the unique challenges faced by the community and said that the playgroup will become like a 'village' for a diverse range of families.

"We are consciously aware of how it can be an isolating time with a new baby or a young family. Our playgroup is here to bridge that gap and provide a supportive space for everyone.

“We are extremely thankful to Mackay Regional Council, Play Matters Qld, BMA and Greater Whitsunday Communities for their support and involvement so far.”

Follow ‘'Northern Beaches Community Playgroup (Mackay)’ on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the playgroups development and for a timetable of activities.

What: Northern Beaches Community Playgroup launch

When: Tuesday, January 30, 9:15am

Where: Northern Beaches Community Hall, 24 Wallace Street, Bucasia

Cost: Free event

As the Northern Beaches Community Playgroup gears up for its launch at the Northern Beaches Community Hall in Bucasia, families anticipate a vibrant and supportive addition to their community life. Photo supplied

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