Thursday, March 21, 2024


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River 2 Reef Youth Art Jersey Finalists Announced

The 2024 BMA River 2 Reef Ride jersey competition has unveiled three talented youth artist finalists, marking an exciting milestone in showcasing the region's emerging artistic talent.

Representing Sarina, Moranbah, and Mackay respectively, the three finalists have each captured the essence of the Mackay region in their unique designs, highlighting the beauty of the region and connection to the rivers, reef and community.

Linda Murry, General Manager of BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Hay Point Coal Terminal, expressed her enthusiasm for the competition, stating, "We are excited to raise the profile of youth artists within our region, giving them the opportunity to have their artwork featured on about 1,000 cycling jerseys in 2024.

The winner will not only have their artwork featured on this year’s BMA River 2 Reef Ride jersey on Sunday 1st September but will also take home $500.

The runner up and 3rd place receive $250 and $100 respectively.

“This has been the first year that we have run this competition. Our high school students are so talented, it’s such a privilege for us to be a part of their journey,” said Event Director Nikki Giles.

Voting closes on Sunday 24th March. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 3rd April. The winning jersey can be purchased as part of registering for this year’s BMA River 2 Reef Ride Festival. All profits from the event and jerseys are distributed to RACQ CQ Rescue and Disabled Sport & Rec Mackay.

Event Manager, Selena Corness said, “It’s a great opportunity to get their artwork and name out there as an artist on their portfolio for future references.”

For more information about the Youth Design Challenge, visit

The BMA River 2 Reef Ride is an annual community cycling event, established in 2011, that brings people together to raise funds for local not-for-profit organisations. The event offers a diverse selection of ride options to accommodate participants of all skill levels, aiming to promote active, healthy living while supporting vital community causes.

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Designs from the three finalists representing Sarina, Moranbah and Mackay.

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