Mackay Region Entertainment News

Two Decades Of Empowering Students

Two Decades Of Empowering Students

The 2024 Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival marked a significant milestone with an impressive turnout of more than 7,000 students from the region, celebrating its 20th anniversary in grand style. The renowned festival brought together schools from across Mackay and the Whitsunday region, creating a vibrant platform for young minds to immerse themselves in the world of literature, music and creative expression.

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Dance For A Cause  At The 2024 Broken Ballerina Ball

Dance For A Cause At The 2024 Broken Ballerina Ball

Join Broken Ballerina in supporting their annual charity fundraiser, the 2024 ‘Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Beautiful Ball,’ taking place on Saturday, September 21st at Mackay Turf Club. The evening begins at 5pm with pre-dinner nibblies and a complimentary drink upon arrival (beer, wine, or soft drink). Guests are encouraged to dress in Spring Cocktail Attire, embracing the theme of charity colours: Pink, White, and Black. Hosted by MC Kim Tower, the event continues from 6pm to 11pm where attendees

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GET READY FOR SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

GET READY FOR SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

The Best of the Bee Gees will honour the legacy of the Grammy award-winning album Saturday Night Fever at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre on Saturday 24 August from 7.30pm. The performance will feature two special guests - child actor/original Bee Gees drummer, Colin “Smiley” Petersen and global chanteuse Roslyn Loxton. In a two-act performance, the Best of the Bee Gees will open with the group's greatest hits spanning the decades, followed by a high energy second act showcasing t

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Event Guide Friday 19th July

Event Guide Friday 19th July

Friday 19th July Performance Parts Plus Road Trip Drag Challenge 7am The Performance Parts Plus Road Trip Drag Challenge is a social Drag Racing event where entrants, crew, family & friends get to enjoy taking their registered cars down the strip in a controlled environment and cruising down the road with like-minded car enthusiasts. Palmyra Drag Racing Club Greater Foundations24 8.30am At Greater Foundations24 professional development event, you’ll hear directly from industry leaders about

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DECADENT JAZZ BRUNCH to DELIVER Sweet sounds

July 18, 2024

Jacki Cooper is a jazz and big band singer who has performed around the world.
From singing in the famous Landing Jazz Club in San Antonio, Texas, to touring as a featured cruise ship vocalist around Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.
From there to the Sax n Art Jazz Club in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and then touring China, including a performance with the Shanghai Symphony Big Band.
She now resides in Sydney and council are excited to have her performing at the Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch on Sunday, July 28.
Cooper will be accompanied by renowned Australian trumpet player Ray Cassar and supported by ConJazz.
They will perform classics from the Great American Song Book and more.
ConJazz features talented staff from the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Running from 11am in the MECC Plenary Halls, the Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch has dual appeal, both for its melodies and its flavours.
Those brunch flavours include some of your breakfast favourites like eggs benedict with all the accompaniments, hashbrowns and smoked salmon; and some fresh lunch offerings as well – pumpkin soup, a variety of salads, deli meats, chargrilled chicken and glazed ham.
And it’s never too early for dessert, so expect plenty of sweet treats as well.
The Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch is proudly supported by ABC Tropical North.
For more information and to buy tickets, head to themecc.com.au/festivals
Please note, ticket numbers are limited and this event is likely to sell out.

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Mackay Region Hosts Epic RTE Fox Superflow® Event

July 18, 2024

Over 300 mountain bike riders descended on the brand-new Finch Hatton MTB trails for a weekend of racing and camaraderie at the Rocky Trail Entertainment (RTE) Fox Superflow® presented by Stan’s. Despite some damp weather, the trails held up remarkably well, and the event was a resounding success, exceeding expectations with a strong showing from local riders and a positive economic impact on the Mackay region.

The event attracted a diverse range of riders, with some “big hitters” battling it out for top honours. National Champion Jess Hoskin from the Sunshine Coast dominated the Elite Women’s category, finishing a full 30 seconds ahead of the competition. National Champion and former World Cup racer Cameron Allonby from Brisbane was the fastest man at Finch Hatton MTB, showcasing his experience and power.

Adding to the excitement, Under-17 racers impressed everyone with their speed and talent. Oliver Bradey from the Sunshine Coast even placed an impressive third overall, highlighting the depth of upcoming talent in Australian mountain biking.

One of the most significant aspects of the event was the overwhelming participation from Mackay’s mountain bike and business community. Local suppliers and caterers brought the event to life and over 80 local riders took to the course, showcasing the growing enthusiasm for the sport in the region.

Mayor Greg Williamson commented on the event’s success, highlighting the positive impact it has had on Mackay’s reputation as a mountain bike destination.

“I’m told that we’ve got one of the best airflow tracks in Australia and it was exciting to see so many people keen to come to Mackay because they heard so much about the Finch Hatton MTB trails,” said Williamson.

“This inaugural Finch Hatton event attracted more than 300 riders and all bar around 70 of them were from outside of Mackay, with three coming from as far as Canberra to ride.

“The Rocky Trail organisers say the feedback in the mountain biking community in Australia is - everyone can't wait to get here to ride,” Williamson added.

Juliane Wisata, owner of Rocky Trail Entertainment, echoed the Mayor’s sentiments and emphasized the event’s contribution to the local economy.

“It’s fantastic to see that the local riders participated and came out in force,” Wisata said.

“This groundswell of biking activity in the local community is pivotal to the success of a MTB Destination.”

Rocky Trail’s initial estimates suggest the event injected over $400,000 into the Mackay and regional visitor economy, with riders traveling from as far as Canberra, Sydney, Townsville, Rockhampton, Cairns and throughout South East Queensland. The influx of visitors not only participated in the race but also enjoyed Mackay’s hospitality and explored the surrounding area.

Over the past decade the business has established itself as one of the major private mountain bike event promoters in the country.

Recognising that Nature Based Tourism (NBT) has become a Supersector in Australia with huge growth potential, the group also offers destination development services specialised in nature- and trail-based tourism (TBT) with their new Rocky Trail Destination (RTD) business.

From dominating champs to rising stars, the Rocky Trail Entertainment (RTE) Fox Superflow® was a roaring success, fuelling excitement and over $400,000 into the local economy. Photo credit: Rocky Trail Entertainment

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR WISELY WINE AND FOOD DAY 2024

July 18, 2024

Wisely Wine and Food Day 2024 will be bubbling with mouthwatering food, refreshing beverages, epic music and copious amounts of bubbles – 12,000 every minute, in fact.
The flood of bubbles is thanks to The Bubble Canteen, a captivating and interactive installation that promises to transport young families to a world of wonder and whimsy.
Entry to The Bubble Canteen, and the entire Wisely Wine and Food Day, is free.
And The Bubble Canteen is just one of the new Wisely Wine and Food Day attractions at Queens Park on Saturday, July 20.
Another is the Margs and Amigos VIP area.
MECC Venue and Event Operations Manager Jemma Carey said the VIP area was an exciting way for festivalgoers to avoid the queue, have a great stage view and enjoy a mini-Mexican paradise.

“There’s margaritas, Coronas, roving Mexican mini meals, private bathrooms and shaded seating with main stage views,” Ms Carey said.
“This 18+ area has the best seats in the park, but ticket numbers are limited, so I would encourage everyone to get in as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”
Of course, outside of the VIP area is still a foodies’ heaven with more than 20 different food vendors offering everything from woodfired pizzas and ribs to crepes, Indian, burgers and fried chicken.
Ms Carey said the music was the other big drawcard for festivalgoers.
“We’ve got seven top quality bands and performers on the BB Print Main Stage from 10.45am, with our headliner Drapht kicking off at 4.40pm to end the day on a high,” she said.
“Drapht is well known as one of the pioneering heavyweights of Australian hip-hop and has been releasing hits and performing for more than 20 years.
“He’s won two ARIA awards and had multiple platinum and gold singles, including smash hits Jimmy Recard and Rapunzel, and is a regular collaborator with the Hilltop Hoods.”
Mayor Greg Williamson said there were some other exciting acts as well.
“The Hot Potato Band are going to be tremendous – this band is a 10-piece brass collective that are famous for their energetic, somewhat quirky and highly interactive musical performances,” Mayor Williamson said.
“They are based in Sydney, and they have reinvented the traditional brass band as a modern-day dance machine and visual spectacle.”
There will also be multiple bars offering a wide variety of craft beers, wines and ciders; an exciting paint and sip experience (four sessions available) and a live art challenge where artists will create works onsite in response to their surroundings.
In another exciting change for 2024, the entire event will now be fenced, including the Kid’s Hub and the market stalls, so that means the whole area is licensed.

Crowds can now move freely between the main area, the 20-plus market stalls, the Bubble Canteen and the Sideshow Alley, which is complete with paid amusement rides, jumping castles and games.
For more information, and to buy tickets to Margs and Amigos, visit themecc.com.au/festivals
BB Print Main Stage Schedule
   • Josiah Samual – 10.45am
   • Mango Junction – 11.40am
   • Alex Kosenko – 12.40pm
   • Tropical State of Mind – 1.40pm
   • Matty Rogers – 2.40pm
   • Hot Potato Band – 3.40pm
   • Drapht – 4.40pm
Fierce Signage Dance Stage Schedule
   • AntiMatter Circuz – 11.35am
   • Claddagh School of Irish Dance – 12.30pm
   • Leisa Payne School of Dance – 1.30pm
   • International Dance Affair – 2.30pm
   • Dance Fit with Elena – 3.30pm
Bubble Canteen Schedule
   • Session 1 – 11am to 11.50am
   • Session 3 – 1pm to 1.50pm
   • Session 2 – 3pm to 3.40pm
Experiences
   • Margs and Amigos – 11am to 5pm
   • ourSCAPE Art Challenge – 11am to 3pm
   • Mini Paint and Sip sessions (1 hour) – 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm
   • Massaoke Oz - Wine & Food Afterparty – MECC doors open at 6.30pm

In another exciting change for 2024, the entire event will now be fenced, including the Kid’s Hub and the market stalls, so that means the whole area is licensed.

Crowds can now move freely between the main area, the 20-plus market stalls, the Bubble Canteen and the Sideshow Alley, which is complete with paid amusement rides, jumping castles and games.

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Event guide July 12

July 18, 2024

Friday 12th July

Crochet and Conversation
9am
Drop in for a morning of crocheting, coffee and conversation with a friendly group of Northern Beaches locals at Beachfront Bar & Restaurant on Bucasia Esplanade. 
BYO crochet tools or you’re welcome to borrow from the communal box
Beachfront Bar and Restaurant, Bucasia Esplanade

Guided Walks In The Botanic Gardens
10am
Explore the Botanic Gardens with your Gardens Guide. Walks commence from Botanic Gardens Visitor Information (opposite the cafe) and go for one hour in duration. Walks are run every Friday morning, April to end of October. For more information, contact the gardens on phone (07) 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Chair Yoga
1pm
a gentle form of Yoga that can be done while sitting or standing, using a chair for support, and includes mindful breathing & some meditation. It's an excellent choice for participants who find a standard Yoga session too challenging. Chair Yoga can improve your flexibility, concentration and strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain. It's also a fantastic way of connecting with like-minded people within your community! Class Fee: $10 per person (cash only). Bookings required. Text your request & full name to 0434 940 300 or message Wellness With Deb Mackay on Facebook.
Palmview Village, 7 Bradford St, North Mackay

LIVE Music
6.30pm
Come along to Seabreeze Hotel and witness Viva LIVE from 6.30pm.
Seabreeze Hotel


Saturday 13th July

Garage Sale And Market Day
8.30am
It’s time for our annual visit from Dugall and his bevy of men’s shed items and collectables. There will be a few guests with tables of treasures, including Krissy with her hand made recycled silver jewellery, and Robyn with vintage depression and art deco glass. The shed will be open from 8.30, Dugall a bit earlier and the shop from 9
78 Harbour Rd, North Mackay

Sugar City Burnouts Test & Turn
2pm
A full afternoon of burnouts, burnouts and more burnouts with gates open at 10am, Scrutineering from 12pm and on track action from 2pm till 8pm. Early entries are $100 and entries on the day are $130. Need 30 prenoms by 5pm the Wednesday before the event if it’s to go ahead. Spectators are $20 adults and kids 5-15 are $10
Palmyra Drag Racing Club

Neon Fireworks Sip & Paint
6pm
During this fun after dark session, we turn out the lights and paint under UV to bring neon Fireworks artwork to life. Enjoy the company of others and listen to tunes while you have a paint brush in one hand and a drink in the other. All art supplies included. BYO Drinks, a delicious, shared nibbles platter included. 16- and 17-year-olds to attend with participating adult, no younger.
Shop 1, 3 Ungerer St, North Mackay

LIVE Music
6.30pm
Come along to Seabreeze Hotel and jam to Lucid Wings LIVE from 6.30pm.
Seabreeze Hotel1

Sunday 14th July

Cars N Coffee      
9am 
Meet up for some coffee and chill right next to The Boomerang Hotel / Vegies Unlimited on Nebo road city gates. Just like a normal meet up in hopefully some great weather. For the people that are keen to make a day of it we will be leaving the city gates around 10:30 and will be doing a run up to Mirani in the Main Street where there is a local shops and even the Mirani Hotel for a refreshment or meal.
297 Nebo Rd, West Mackay

Dance Fit With Elena
9am
Get active with great people at Dance Fit with Elena! Destress and let it all out on the dance floor! Don’t worry about making a mistake. Beginners are welcome! Bring: Sun protection, water and towel Wear: Comfortable active wear and shoes. No booking required. Wet weather location is CQU undercover area (Sydney St). Please follow our page for updates.
Bluewater Quay, Brisbane St, Mackay 

Flower Artwork
10am
Come along for a beautiful morning creating, in a relaxed setting and enjoy the steps to create a dried flower artwork made by yourself. We use create our stunning designs using real dried flowers, in a 4x6 size frame. As shown in photos.
BYO Drinks and nibbles if you so please. Hosted by Michelle, she will lead the session All art supplies are included, just bring yourself! Minimum age 12+ years. Seats are limited and bookings are essential via the Creative Art Studio on Facebook.
Shop 1,3 Ungerer St, North Mackay


LIVE Music
6.30pm
Come along to Seabreeze Hotel and vibe to The Collective LIVE from 2pm.
Seabreeze Hotel

Monday 15th July  

All About Teen Skin Event  
5.45pm
Empower yourself and your Teen with accurate skincare knowledge.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Free Skin Consultations, Youngblood Makeup Touch-Ups, Live Treatment Demonstrations Enjoy a fun and informative day out with delicious food, drinks, exciting demonstrations and more! Spaces are limited, so don’t wait! Secure your spot today and take the first step towards healthier, happier skin for your teen. Tickets are only $20, for more information, visit www.beautyworx.com.au/events.
26 Malcomson St, North Mackay


Tuesday 16th July

Northern Beaches Community Playgroup
9.15am 
Join in for play and connection. There will sand toys and trucks, the playground and plenty of adventure and exploring to be done! What to bring: Hat, waterbottle, sunscreen your own morning tea. Cost: FREE
Eimeo Esplanade


Wednesday 17th July

Mackay Farmers’ Market
6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

QLD AI Hub Mackay
5pm
People Tech Revolution are on a mission to deepen people's understanding of each other and themselves through ground-breaking VR experiences. Paving the way for a more connected and inclusive world by creating safe spaces where people can practice how to respond to tough situations and difficult conversations. Price $15
Split Spaces


Thursday 18th July

Beginners Resin Art Class/Workshop
2.30pm
Learn the art of resin with a fun and hands-on Beginners Resin Art Class/Workshop, perfect for unleashing your creativity and creating stunning art pieces. Course Price: $98.00. Includes take home-serving board, all the resin, and colours needed to create your own masterpiece. Bookings essential via Oz Ratz
Souths Leagues Club Mackay

Riverside Markets
From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay


Kucom Theatre Presents: ‘The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race’
7.30pm
A comedy by Australian playwright Melanie Tait, opening on 18 July for a two-week season at Kucom Theatre. Open on July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7.30, and a matinee at 2pm on Sunday 21 July. Don’t miss out on this hilariously inspiring tale about women taking action to break down the long-held male-based traditions of a small country town. Visit the Kucom Facebook page for links to the booking’s website!
Kucom Theatre, 1 Snow Wright Court, Andergrove

Mackay Farmers’ Market
Cars N Coffee
Northern Beaches Playgroup
Dance Fit
Sip n Paint Fireworks Artwork
Teen Skin Event

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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 Penny Anderson’ (Caroline Roche) upsets the potato cart. She discovers women living in the country still don’t see themselves as equal. The winner of the men’s race gets $1000, while the winner of the women’s race still only receives a measly $200. Determined to spark change in Appleton, Penny’s campaign threatens to tear apart the town, the family, the show society and with it, 30 years of friendship.
She finds support from new resident, artist and former Syrian refugee ‘Rania Hamid’ (Pia Larsen), and her Aunty Barb who recognises that the race can be used for political and social change in unlikely places such as sleepy little Appleton.
Right off the bat, the language lets you know that this is a play where no topic will be off limits. Elliot immediately puts you at ease with it, for while her words may be colourful, her delivery is smooth and masterful. There is something disquieting yet comforting in hearing an old battle-axe like Bev express her views on the taboo topics of the world.
Elliot is matched superbly by Anderson. Her face speaks the volumes we all think, while her heart-felt monologue about infertility is delivered with understated poise and dignity.
Known for her role as the over-the-top Geraldine in Kucom’s The Vicar of Dibley, Larsen delivers a surprisingly different character complete with resplendent accent, grace and nuance.
Newcomer Lewis delivers her character with all the depth and natural delivery you would expect from the seasoned performers surrounding her. Keep your eyes on this one.
And lastly, Roche’s ‘Doctor Penny’ is the thorn-in-the-side, fish-out-of-water, black-sheep catalyst that holds the story together and so too, does Roche. Ever-there for her cast mates, Roche commands the stage, engages the audience and delivers a strong leading lady. Kudos to director Luana Royale for casting such a formidable team.
The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race season is over two weeks at Kucom Theatre, Snow Wright Court, Andergrove.

‘A Mackay Festival of Arts Fringe Event’ presented by Kucom Theatre.
Directed by Luana Royale

Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 July at 7:30pm
Sunday 21 July (Matinee) at 2pm
Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 July at 7:30pm

Tickets at www.events.humantix.com/the-appleton-ladies-potato-race

Carolyn, Amanda and Pia at last week’s rehearsals for The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

Katrina, Jeany and Amanda

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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 investigate to get to the bottom of the matter. Although she tries to mediate between outraged parents, opinionated colleagues and aggressive students, she is relentlessly confronted with the structures of the school system. Yet the more she tries to do everything right, the closer the young teacher, and others, come to breaking point. The Teachers’ Lounge is a transfixing study in power relations and critical commentary on our debate culture, truth and justice.

Stay tuned for the Mackay International Film Festival now just two weeks away and get ready for the pre-festival film at Pinnacle.

Don't miss out on your seat on the bus! All details via: www.filmartsmackay.weebly.com.

Booking is essential to confirm catering and reduce queues on the night.​

What: Next film night: The Teachers' Lounge
When: 7:30pm Friday 12th July
Where: CQU Conservatorium of Music Theatre
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/CSECH

Head along to this classic German drama you won’t want to miss, featuring ‘The Teachers' Lounge!’ Image supplied

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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 people as possible a chance to see this show, it’s really that great,” says Director and Producer Johnny Van Grinsven.

This will be the first time the production has been seen in Australia, following successful tours in Canada and New Zealand in 2023 and the US earlier this year, and with Europe scheduled later in 2024.

South African singer and TV star Caroline Borole helms the show in the role of ‘Tina’ and brings her international band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers to complete what promises to be an electrifying concert experience.

The concert format features two hours of back-to-back Tina Turner hits from the 60, 70s, 80s and 90s, all performed live on stage, including (Simply) The Best, What’s Love Got To Do With It, River Deep Mountain High, We Don’t Need Another Hero, Nutbush City Limits, Proud Mary, Private Dancer and more.

For more information on the show, visit themecc.com.au.

What: Showtime Australia presents: Tina – The Ultimate Tribute to the Queen of Rock ‘N’ Roll
When: Sunday 4 August 2024, 7pm
Where: MECC Plenary Halls
Tickets: www.themecc.com.au

Experience the Magic of Tina Turner as TINA - The Ultimate Tribute to The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hits Mackay this upcoming August. Secure your tickets now! Images supplied

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Pink Picnic In The Park Supporting Breast Cancer Research

July 4, 2024

A heart-warming gathering was held last Saturday at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens in support of Breast Cancer research.

A total of $3122.00 was raised with $822 worth of donations contributed on the day.

Attendees enjoyed a Pink Picnic afternoon tea amidst live tunes by local artist Tiffany Grace who adorned the event with her single ‘Last November.’

Peter T, Kellie Maree, Graham Day and Les McSweeney also put on a show for attendees while some even got up to boogey as Rock ‘n’ Roll dancers twirled about.

Event organiser and breast cancer survivor, Kellie Watson said, “June is Go Pink For June Breast Cancer Research which I feel is really important because I wouldn’t be here today without the research.

“It’s just a great day to have a nice little gathering here in the garden.”

Kellie extends a special thanks to sponsors and contributors such as Alcorns bakery, Crustys Bakery, Coles Parkside, Woolworths Ooralea, Cliff from Botanic Gardens Cafe (Donated High tea for 2 and cushions for the picnic), Rockin Roll Dancers, Breast Screen for gazebo, Dumpling Hut and Mr Whippy.

Another Special mention to Margaret and Joy the ladies from Louisa Creek craft morning making cushion covers and decorations), 4CRM radio and 101.9 JT, local artist Tiffany Grace as well as Peter T and Kellie Maree, Graham Day and Les McSweeney.

Attendees gathered from all walks of life in support of Breast Cancer Research last Saturday. Photo credit: Hannah McNamara

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Embrace Transformation At The Joy Maker Experience

July 4, 2024

Imagine a day devoted entirely to you—a rare opportunity to invest in your well-being, happiness, and personal growth. This is the promise of The Joy Maker Experience, held at The Ocean International. It's a Gift of a Day designed to help you pause, reflect, and realign with what truly matters in your life.
And let me just say, "You deserve it!" You deserve the time off, to focus on YOU!
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with demands and distractions, taking time for ourselves can seem like a luxury. Yet, this transformative day offers you the chance to rediscover your values, break free from limiting beliefs, master stress management, reevaluate your priorities, and, most importantly, relax and rejuvenate.
Rebecca, a past participant, described the experience as, “An interesting roller-coaster of emotions. I didn’t realize I was holding onto so much.” Similarly, Shona found it, “Refreshing. It gave me time to reflect and feel proud of what I do.”
The Joy Maker Experience is thoughtfully curated to guide you through a journey of self-discovery and renewal. The day's activities include self-reflection, journaling, guided meditation, positive affirmations, and self-awareness exercises. You will also have the opportunity to share and discuss your experiences with others, express yourself through storytelling and art, and build connections through group activities.
To make the most of your Joy Maker Experience, it's recommended that you bring a pillow or cushion and a yoga mat for comfort, a bottle of water, a light jumper in case of a chilly room, a light lunch and any snacks you may need, comfortable clothing, and a journal for recording your ideas, thoughts, and learnings. If you prefer, an eye mask for meditation can also be beneficial.
This is more than just a retreat; it's an opportunity to invest in yourself and return to your daily life with a renewed sense of purpose and joy. Whether you're looking to reconnect with your inner self, gain new perspectives, or simply take a break from the hustle and bustle, The Joy Maker Experience offers a sanctuary for your soul.
Don’t miss this chance to join a community of like-minded individuals who are ready to prioritise their well-being and joy. Book your spot today and take the first step towards a more fulfilling and balanced life.
Bookings via Sticky Tickets and on the website: www.christinedenny.com
I can’t wait to share this incredible experience with you.
See you there!
Christine Denny, aka The Joy Maker

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Melbourne’s Finest Comes To Mackay

July 4, 2024

Mackay is renowned for its vibrant seafood, tropical produce, public art, jazz scene, and festivals like the Mackay Festival of Arts and Jazz in the Park—and the culinary scene just got even more exciting.

Eariler this week, the region’s culinary landscape was majorly elevated as Adrian and Jessica launched Gypsy Burger in Mackay, bringing their famous gourmet burgers to a Queensland foodie capital.

Jess and Adrian were stoked to spill the beans for their latest gig following their grand opening last Thursday on the 4th of July located at the family business, in the car park of Sinclair Meats.

This thrilling expansion marks yet another milestone in their journey to shake up the burger game and cater to the discerning taste buds of Mackay locals.

"Our journey began humbly in 2014 with a tiny trailer at weekend markets,” said Co-owner Jessica.

“We've evolved to cater weddings and headline festivals from our truck, opened our restaurant, and now, we're bringing our burgers to Mackay."

Co-owner Adrian added that "Our uniqueness lies in our commitment to quality.

“Few, if any, burger joints raise their own beef.

“We meticulously select top-notch ingredients, from local produce to Martin's potato buns and we’re so excited to be launching in Mackay."

Gypsy Burger is all about serving up that signature Gypsy vibe, with a special focus on mouth-watering food.

Jess and Adrian are dead set on spreading their love for top-notch, drool-worthy grub to a whole new QLD crowd, and expanding to Mackay shows just how serious they are.

With their track record of culinary brilliance and a commitment to keeping customers grinning, they're set to shake things up big time in the local dining scene.

Open every Wednesday to Sunday from 5-8 pm at 54 Alfred Street, Mackay City (Sinclair Meats Carpark)

Menu highlights:
Angus Beef & Bacon Burger
Southern-Fried Chicken Burgers
Fish Butty
Loaded Fries
$22 Combo (burger, chips & drink)
$70 family pack (4 x burgers, large chips & 1.25L soft drink)

Mackay locals fled to the Sinclair Meats carpark last Thursday for the grand opening of Gypsy Burger to experience Melbourne’s finest gourmet take-out! Images supplied

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Taste The Summer Sweetness Of A Chupa Chup Cocktail

July 4, 2024

Step into a world of playful indulgence with the Chupa Chup Cocktail, a whimsical creation that captures the essence of everyone's favourite childhood lollipop in a sophisticated adult beverage.

Crafted with precision by the skilled hands at The Dispensary, this cocktail is a must-try for those seeking a blend of nostalgia and modern appeal.

To create this delightful refresher, the mixologists start with a base of premium vodka, lending a smooth yet robust foundation. Next, a dash of butterscotch schnapps adds a rich, caramelised sweetness, perfectly complemented by a splash of tangy lemon juice that balances the flavours with a refreshing zing. Last but not least, the secret ingredient - watermelon syrup, infuses the cocktail with a burst of fruity vibrancy, reminiscent of the iconic Chupa Chups lollipops.

Each sip is a journey through layers of taste, carefully designed to evoke memories of carefree days and summer afternoons.

Part of The Dispensary’s exclusive signature cocktail range, the Chupa Chup Cocktail stands out among classics like the inventive creations such as the lychee martini and sour Gary.

Picture this: you’re savouring this unique blend during The Dispensary’s renowned cocktail hours, where expertly curated cocktail cards offer a selection of six drinks of your choice every Friday and Saturday from 4 pm to 7 pm!

It’s an opportunity to experience mixology at its finest, guided by Aniish, the esteemed Bar Supervisor whose expertise and passion have been instrumental in the quality of The Dispensary’s most loved beverages over the past two years.

Visit The Dispensary today and treat yourself to a tantalising Chupa Chup Cocktail – because some flavours are simply too good to resist.

But wait… there’s more! Take advantage of Pasta Night every Tuesday evening, where you can indulge in freshly baked house bread, your favourite pasta dish and a complimentary glass of wine, all for just $40!

What are you waiting for?

Chupa Chup Cocktail:
- Vodka
- Butterscotch schnapps
- Lemon juice
- Watermelon syrup 

Come down to the Dispensary and indulge in a delicious Chupa Chup cocktail, crafted by only the best mixologists in town! Photo credit: Hannah McNamara

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A ‘Hole’ Lot Of Fun Featuring: You Are A Doughnut

July 4, 2024

From the creators of “The Alphabet of Awesome Science” comes a brand-new multi-award-winning family show, You Are a Doughnut.

Audiences will join biology teachers Oesoph A. Gus and Dewey Dean as they embark upon an utterly brilliant all singing, all-dancing (and all-clowning!) exploration of every twisting tube and remarkable organ — with sketches, songs and sensational science.

Along the way there will be a frenzy of enzyme powered ping pong balls, a sing along with a rainbow collection of poop puppets, and weirdest poetry performance they have ever seen.

“You Are a Doughnut” is a ‘riot of fun’ (The Clothesline) and a ‘sure winner for the whole family’ (Glam Adelaide) — presented by the ‘masters of educational entertainment’ (Play & Go).

It’s a little bit gross — and a ‘hole’ lotta fun, you might even learn something!

You Are a Doughnut is part of the 2024 DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season, proudly sponsored by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.

Three performances will take place at NewLife Church on 11 & 12 July. With tickets at $18.50, it’s recommended for parents to book their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

What: DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season: You Are A Doughnut
When: 11 & 12 July 2024
Where: NewLife Church
Tickets: www.themecc.com.au

Get ready for a ‘hole’ lot of fun at DVCT Kid’s Theatre Season featuring ‘You Are A Doughnut.’ Book your tickets now! Image supplied

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Event Guide 5th July

July 4, 2024

Friday 5th July

Art Party Afternoons
3pm
Bring your own project!
Do you have an existing arts project that you are looking to finish? Are you looking to meet up socially with other artists in an accessible environment? Art Party Afternoons recognises all of our unfinished projects (crochet, painting, craft, zine, artist book, comic, scribbles…whatever you are working on!). The monthly art hangs will connect our like- minded community to get creative inspo and provide you a place to make. Ages 15+
Crossroad Arts, 55 Wood Street, Mackay

Embark: FREE Official Launch Party
4pm
Come together for a free, all-ages launch party with live music from singer-songwriter Will Blume. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with your fellow Reef Trail-Goers before we set sail on The Reef Trail. Enjoy delicious pizza, wine, spirits, cocktails and of course, Mackay’s finest brews, and raise your glass to the amazing experiences that lie ahead on The Reef Trail.
Red Dog Brewery

‘Art In The Streets’ Mural Tour
4.30pm
Free Event - Booking your spot is required. Hosted by Artspace Mackay Public Art Officer, Jennifer Dalton-Smith, this free city art walk for all ages begins at Artspace Mackay and takes you through the city centre. Whether you’re an artist, art lover, local or visitor to our lovely riverside city, you’ll find this late afternoon public art walk a thoroughly enjoyable experience
Artspace Mackay

Merrick Watts: An Idiots Guide To Wine  
5pm
Merrick Watts is a qualified wine specialist and comedian. Join him on a journey through the wonderful world of wine where he is the idiot but also strangely the expert. Join Mez as he takes you on a wine flight, showing six great wines, each with a story, and tasting notes to boot. Comedy meets wine, laughter meets learning, and you get to drink! Whether you are a connoisseur or an enthusiast, there is something for everyone. Doors Open: 5:00pm, Event Start: 5:45pm
The MECC

LIVE Music
6.30pm
Come along to Seabreeze Hotel and witness Shaun Diva LIVE from 6.30pm.
Seabreeze Hotel


Saturday 6th July

Pilates With Katrina At The Mantra
7am
Pilates for LRC Runners after your Saturday morning run/walk. Please bring your mat and $5 to pay for your session.
Mantra Mackay

Family Fun Day
12pm – 4pm
Get ready for an electrifying performance by the acclaimed Hillbilly Goats, named Australian Folk Band of the Year in 2022! Engage with adorable animals at the petting zoo, unleash your inner artist at the face painting station, and revel in outdoor fun with classic lawn games suitable for all ages (from 2-4pm). Admission: FREE. Gather your loved ones for a day brimming with live music, entertainment, and wholesome joy!
Seabreeze Hotel

Youth Music All-ages Event
1pm-5pm
Catchy indie anthems and dynamic synth-packed tunes are on the menu as Great Gable and Kitschen Boy headline this All-Ages event at Arcadia Bar. Youth music organisation The Push is bringing this massive All-Ages event to Mackay as part of the Queensland Music Festival Reef Trail. In addition to all the great music, the first 100 people through the door at this event will receive $10 of free arcade game tokens! Tickets available via: www.qldmusictrails.com
Arcadia Bar, Mackay

Christmas In July Evening Market
3pm-8pm
Come along to the first ever Christmas in July evening market! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have your stall here and be a part of this massive community event! 
Mcdonalds Mackay Basketball Stadium

Between The Tides
4pm-10pm
Between the Tides is set along the picturesque coastline on Country in Cape Hillsborough, a mere 40 minutes north of Mackay. This world-first concert series spans two enchanting evenings, promising an intimate performance by Christine Anu on Saturday evening, followed by Josh Pyke on Sunday evening, with each artist supported by Tia Gostelow. Tickets available via: www.qldmusictrails.com
Cape Hillsborough National Park

Sunday 7th July

Gymability Session      
9am 
Gymability is an all-inclusive class that is more specific to suit all levels of physical and mental abilities. These classes are taken by our qualified coaches who are trained to adapt movements to suit everyone’s needs while delivering a gymnastics experience that is safe, enjoyable and enables every participant to reach their potential. Phone: 4942 0032, email admin@mackaygymnastics.org.au or contact via FB for more info.
5 Snow Wright CRT, Beaconsfield 

When I Grow Up: Vet Workshop
9.30am
Make your pets a bling dog/cat collar! In a world full of possibilities, children’s minds are like blank canvases, ready to be filled with dreams. “When I Grow Up” will spark curiosity and ambition in young hearts. Kids will explore different career paths and think about their futures.
Caneland Central

Boundless Book Club
1pm
in this digital age, nothing can take you away quite like a book. join us for a cup of tea to meet your local book lovers! Bring your favourite book that you would like to share with us, and $10 towards our Danishes...in the meantime, save the date and register your participation.
Kitten Vintage Mackay

LIVE Music
2pm
Come along to Seabreeze Hotel and witness Elementary LIVE from 2pm.
Seabreeze Hotel

Between The Tides
4pm-10pm
Missed Saturday? Come along on Sunday! Between the Tides is set along the picturesque coastline on Country in Cape Hillsborough, a mere 40 minutes north of Mackay. This world-first concert series spans two enchanting evenings, promising an intimate performance by Christine Anu on Saturday evening, followed by Josh Pyke on Sunday evening, with each artist supported by Tia Gostelow. Tickets available via: www.qldmusictrails.com
Cape Hillsborough National Park


Tuesday 9th July  

Dare To Lead  
8.30am
Experience the powerful Dare to Lead™ program to unlock your courage and build the crucial leadership skills to achieve your goals. The Dare to Lead™ program, based on over 20 years of research by Dr Brené Brown, focuses on humanising the workplace by exploring who we are and how we lead. Tickets available via leadwithcourage.com.au
Rydges Mackay

FREE Community Lunch
12pm
Have you had a rough week/month/year and need to lift your spirits? Are you looking to meet new people or feel more connected within the community? We can help!
Come down to the QCWA hall in North Eton on Tuesday July 9th for a chat over a cuppa and a light lunch. Cost: FREE. Please message if you have special dietary needs (0457961126)
7 Mill Street, North Eton

Book Of The Month
3.30-4.30pm
Artspace Mackay will present its popular 'Book of the Month' program at the Dudley Denny City Library again this month. 'Book of the Month' is a free event and opportunity for you—with the help of Artspace Volunteers—to explore the featured artist’s book of the month up-close and page-by-page. Register your seat via https://bit.ly/3ND3oyK
Dudley Denny City Library

Wednesday 10th July

Mackay Farmers’ Market
6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

Mackay Mental Health Hub Official Opening
11am 
Join in as the community celebrates the official opening of the new Mackay Mental Health Hub! Meet the team, enjoy a light lunch and find out about selectability and the services we offer across the Mackay region. Register online
Charlies Café, Porters Mackay on Gordan Street

QLD AI Hub Mackay
5pm
Are you ready to dive into the cutting-edge world of Voice AI and related technologies?
What to Expect: Discover how Voice AI is transforming industries, from Real estate and finance to the mining sectors and beyond. Get an inside look at the fascinating technology of voice cloning and its potential applications. Cost: $15
Split Spaces

Thursday 11th July

Riverside Markets
From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay

Whitsunday Wealth Festival Hub
5.30pm - Late
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of diverse sounds at the Whitsunday Wealth Festival Hub. Located at Bluewater Quay, this lively entertainment hub will be filled with music, food and fun! Each night, a new band and genre will take centre stage, providing an unforgettable experience. Step outside your comfort zone and embrace some new sounds. Tickets required via the MECC.
Bluewater Quay

Mackay Farmers’ Market
Movie Night Under The Stars
All-ages Youth Music Event
Seabreeze Family Fun Day
Between the Tides

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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 ignite the essence of music, community and the spirit of freedom once again.
The day and night event boasts an impressive line-up headlined by Bliss N Eso, one of Australia's most influential hip-hop groups. With a career spanning over a decade, their energetic performances and chart-topping hits like "Addicted" and "Moments" have solidified their place in the Australian music scene.
Joining them are Skegss, the beloved garage rock trio known for their infectious energy and raw sound. Their hits such as "Up in the Clouds" and "Spring Has Sprung" have made them a favourite among festival-goers.
Additionally, Thelma Plum, the ARIA-nominated singer-songwriter, will captivate the audience with her soulful voice and poignant lyrics, delivering unforgettable tracks like "Better in Blak" and "Clumsy Love."
Adding to the star-studded line-up, Sneaky Sound System, the iconic electronic music duo, will bring their dance-worthy anthems like "UFO" and "Pictures" to the stage. Finally, Allday, the genre-blending rapper and singer, will deliver his unique sound with hits like "You Always Know the DJ" and "In Motion," ensuring an electrifying performance.
In addition to these headliners, the festival will feature a balanced round-up of local and emerging artists including Giant Palms, Jonte, Pacey, The Wild Sky, Same Pains, Dosco, Jaymouth, and more. These talented acts will showcase the rich and diverse musical landscape of the region, providing festival-goers with a unique opportunity to discover and support local talent.
In a new initiative, Rhythm & The Reef is delivering a homeless outreach program as part of its partnership with Aussie Mackay and Chances House to help provide food to the homeless within the region. This program will be aimed at delivering fundraising activations during the festival to raise money to help the less fortunate in the community. In addition, any leftover food and merchandise will be donated to support those in need.
With its stunning location, diverse line-up, and unparalleled community support, Rhythm & The Reef 2024 is set to be an unforgettable celebration of music and art.
Register now for pre-sale and secure the best value tickets via www.rhythmandthereef.com on Tuesday, July 9th, 2024, followed by General Release on Wednesday, July 10th, 2024, with tickets starting from $89.
Don't miss out on this incredible event that brings the heart of regional Queensland to life!

For more information and to secure tickets, visit www.rhythmandthereef.com.

Rhythm & The Reef has announced the return of their highly anticipated event said to be a crowd pleaser and locals are encouraged to snatch up their tickets quick! Images supplied

What:Rhythm & The Reef Music Festival

When:Saturday, October 5th, 2024.

Where:Meadowlands Amphitheatre, Botanic Gardens

Tickets:www.rhythmandthereef.com

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Four Nights Of Genre-Bending Music And Street Eats

July 5, 2024

Four bands, four genres, delectable street cuisine, craft brews and pop-up activations will create an electric atmosphere at the Whitsunday Wealth Festival Hub.
Over four nights, from Thursday, July 11, to Sunday, July 14, the Bluewater Quay will echo with rock, rhythm and blues; folk and old-time mountain music; swing and rockabilly; and a Latin dance fiesta.
Deputy Mayor Belinda Hassan said it was great to see the popular feature of the Mackay Festival of Arts back at the Bluewater Quay.
“The Whitsunday Wealth Festival Hub is a core Festival of Arts event that has always been about providing free entertainment, street food and plenty of room for people to gather and enjoy the atmosphere,” Cr Hassan said.
“This year the Festivals Team have done something special in that each night will have a different genre and a bit of a different theme,” she said.
“For example, on Friday night there’s a bit of a ‘hillbilly’ theme and festivalgoers can take turns on a free mechanical bucking bull.
“The team have also organised for the popular Riverside Mega Markets to be at the quay on Thursday and Friday nights and they will be set up in part of the Brisbane Street carpark.”
The line-up for the four nights is an exciting mix of high-energy genres and influences.
On Thursday, from 5.30pm to late, there will be “rockin' rhythm and blues” with The Wild Sky.
The Wild Sky is the perfect three-piece rock 'n' roll outfit to kick off the hub experience.
Expect sophisticated melodies, a seamless blend of rhythm, blues and a dose of funk.
On Friday, from 5.30pm to late, the Quay will come alive with folk and old-time mountain music thanks to the Hillbilly Goats.
Featuring banjo, bones, double bass, fiddle, tap-dancing, three-part harmonies and more, the Hillbilly Goats aren’t just a band – they’re a show!
Then, on Saturday, from 4pm until late, it’s all about the swing and rockabilly with Joshy J and the Ricochets.
Put on your best dancing shoes, grease up that hair and get ready to boogie to the tunes of yesteryear!
Finally, on Sunday, from 4pm to late, it will be a festival fiesta with Viva and band.
Prepare for a sensational dance fiesta as the Bluewater Quay is transformed into a vibrant paradise with a Latin flavour!
Bands will play from 6pm to 9.15pm on weekdays and 5pm to 8.15pm on the weekend.
Street food will vary nightly between the weekdays and weekend, but will include burgers and fried chicken, kebabs, crepes, ribs and ice cream.
For more information, go to www.themecc.com.au/festivals.

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A Mass Of Thanksgiving

June 27, 2024

Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton, Miss Leesa Jeffcoat AM was farewelled by the Diocese at a Mass of Thanksgiving at St Joseph’s Cathedral, Rockhampton followed by a Reception at Rockhampton Leagues Club as she concludes her time as Director after more than two decades in the role.

Catholic Education sector leaders and representatives from across Queensland and Australia were in attendance, together with many Priests and Religious, government representatives, Catholic School Principals, Catholic Education Directors and Leaders.

Hundreds of students and staff filled St Joseph’s Cathedral for the Mass, and many more from Catholic schools across the Diocese in centres from Mackay to Bundaberg and west to Longreach tuned in via livestream.

Miss Jeffcoat said she had been humbled to have served as Diocesan Director of Catholic Education for the past 23 years, but she knew this was the right time for a new Director to lead the ministry of Catholic Education into an exciting future.

“I am sad to be ending a time in my professional life that has given me great personal and professional satisfaction, but I leave feeling truly blessed for the opportunities afforded to me through my lifelong association with Catholic Education as a student, teacher and leader,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

Miss Jeffcoat thanked current Diocese of Rockhampton Bishop, Michael McCarthy and before that Bishop Emeritus Brian Heenan for their wise and pastoral leadership of the Diocese.

“I offer both Bishop Michael McCarthy and Bishop Emeritus Brian Heenan my heartfelt appreciation for their prayerful support, their encouragement, their guidance and above all their loving care,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

Bishop Michael expressed deep appreciation for Miss Jeffcoat’s unwavering support of the Diocese, for the Church and all Catholic Education staff.

“Within the 10 kindergartens, 39 schools and colleges under her direction, Leesa has done an extraordinary job of ensuring that our young people receive the very best in Catholic education and are supported by excellent teachers and staff on their faith journey,” Bishop Michael said.

“Leesa has generously given of herself as Director and has assisted me in so many ways, especially settling me into the diocese and then being a very wise colleague,” he said.

Miss Jeffcoat said she wished to sincerely thank her professional colleagues, both past and present, for the trust they had placed in her to serve as Director over the past 23 years.

“I thank our wonderful teachers for their loyalty and support, and I am also very grateful to the Priests, Religious, Principals and leaders, parents, students, teachers, support staff and all in our Catholic Education family for their prayers, their encouragement, and their care of me” Miss Jeffcoat said.

Miss Jeffcoat officially concludes her time at the end of 2024 following a period of leave during Semester 2 with newly appointed Director, Michael McCusker commencing in role in July.

Pictured from left to right: Allan Blagaich, Executive Director Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC), Leesa Jeffcoat AM, Michael McCusker newly appointed Director, Catholic Education – Diocese of Rockhampton, Bishop Michael McCarthy and Jacinta Collins, Executive Director National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC). Photo supplied

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Meet The Cast Members Of ‘The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race’

June 27, 2024

Kucom Theatre proudly presents… ‘The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race’, a comedy by Australian playwright Melanie Tait, opening on July 18 for a two-week season at Kucom Theatre.

Inspired by a true event in Robertson, New South Wales – home of the playwright and The Big Potato – ‘The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race’ is a hilariously inspiring tale about women taking action to break down the long-held male-based traditions of a small country town. The famous Appleton Potato Race offers a prize of $1000 for the winning male, but only $200 for the winner of the women’s race. Something’s got to give!

‘The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race’ is a Mackay Festival of Arts Fringe event.

What: Comedy playwright by Melanie Tait - ‘The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race’

Where: Kucom Theatre, 1 Snow Wright Court, Andergrove

When: 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 July at 7.30, and a matinee at 2pm on Sunday 21 July

Tickets: Visit the Kucom Facebook page for links to the booking website or if unable to book online, please call 0419756840.

Cast Members:

Carolyn Roche as Penny Anderson

Jeany Elliott as Bev Armstrong

Katrina Hansen as Barb Ling

Amanda Lewis as Nikki Armstrong

Pia Larsen as Rania Hamid

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Beachside Breakfast

June 27, 2024

By Dunes Harbour Beach, part of Urbex.

Dunes sets a new benchmark in beachside living. Modern tropical homes will seamlessly integrate amongst tourism nodes to create a relaxed life by the sea. Located near Mackay Harbour, the new development hosted a free beachside breakfast for the community, complemented by relaxing yoga. Delicious bacon and egg rolls were provided by the Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club and kids were treated to free face painting.

Keep an eye out on Dunes Harbour Beach’s Facebook page for more events coming soon.

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Event Guide

June 27, 2024

Friday 28th June

Bold Botanicals

Open until 28th July

6pm

The Photographic Art of Loren Vanzella - Bold Botanicals solo exhibition serves as a platform that fosters risk-taking, experimentation, & freedom of expression, enabling me to push the boundaries of my creative process & produce innovative new works. This opens doors for experimenting with surreal elements, abstract concepts, and imaginative storytelling.

Lagoon Gallery, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Crochet & Conversation

9am

Drop in for a morning of crocheting, coffee and conversation with our friendly group of Northern Beaches locals at Beachfront Bar & Restaurant on Bucasia Esplanade.

BYO crochet tools or you’re welcome to borrow from the communal box. Everyone is welcome. Crafters, crocheters or people who just like coffee and conversation.

Beachfront Bar and Restaurant.

Make An Offer Day

9am

Get ready for an exciting event at the Incredable Tip Shop. It's Make an Offer Day, where you have the power to name your price on a wide array of unique treasures. From 9 am to 12 pm, the doors are open for you to explore and discover hidden gems waiting for a new home. This is your chance to show off your bargaining skills and walk away with incredible finds at prices you set!

Incredable Tip Shop, 42 Crichtons Rd

Scarf Making, Snowflake Creation & Colouring In

10am

Embrace the magic of winter with our Cozy Winter Craft Daily Workshops!

Each day, enjoy a new craft project, from beanie craft and scarves making to decorating slippers and creating intricate snowflakes. Plus, indulge in winter-themed colouring in sheets. Perfect for all ages and skill levels, our workshops offer a heart-warming way to spend your winter days, creating handmade treasures and lasting memories. No bookings required.

Caneland Central

Saturday 29th June

Slipper Decorating, Snow Flake Creation & Colouring In

10am

Embrace the magic of winter with our Cozy Winter Craft Daily Workshops!

Each day, enjoy a new craft project, from beanie craft and scarves making to decorating slippers and creating intricate snowflakes. Plus, indulge in winter-themed colouring in sheets. Perfect for all ages and skill levels, our workshops offer a heart-warming way to spend your winter days, creating handmade treasures and lasting memories. No bookings required.

Caneland Central

Beginner Florist Workshop

12pm

Dive into a world of petals and passion at our upcoming Floristry Class by the Florist Fourways!

106-116 Nebo Road, West Mackay

Pink Picnic In The Park

1pm

Live music featuring Tiffany Grace local recording artist. Peter T, Kellie Maree, Graham Day, Les McSweeney and Rockin roll dancers. Mr Whippy and Dumpling hut vans present. Pink Picnic afternoon tea donated by local businesses. BYO picnic for your personal tastes and chair. No Alcohol No Glass. Fund raiser for Breast cancer research all donations welcomed.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Sunday 30th June

Just Keep Marching

9.30am

Join Murray and his mission of combatting veterans’ homelessness by attending a TriService (Navy, Army, Airforce) coin line challenge. Come down and contribute to a challenge between the services to get the bragging rights for the longest and most valuable line and speak to honoured veterans in support of raising funds for homelessness.

Bluewater Quay

Tunes In The Dunes      

3pm

Join in for a relaxing afternoon by the ocean with live acoustic music! The perfect setting for a laidback afternoon, bring your own food and drinks to this FREE event, or make it extra special and support a local business by ordering one of Deli Nook’s delicious platters! More details at Dunes Harbour Beach, Facebook.

Dunes Harbour Beach  

Monday 1st July

Hive Inflatable Fun Day  

8.30am

Join the indoor fun at the Mackay PCYC. Hive Inflatables are running sessions again which are all about fun active play in a massive inflatable playground. Bookings are required as there are limited spots available. Please book via Event Booking online.

PCYC, North Mackay

Wrap Up – Just Keep Marching  

4pm

Just Keep Marching WRAP UP! Come down to the blue water quay and hear from the RSL, homelessness services and special guests as you stay for a Borthwicks steak burger and soft drink. Murray will be coming in from his final lap after nine days of marching in support of homeless veterans. He will begin marching on the day at 6am if you would like to join in.

PCYC, North Mackay

Art Expedition Opening ’24 Night  

5.30pm

Gold coin donation entry. Come along to our Art Exhibition Opening night and help us raise funds for Grapevine Suicide Awareness Group Mackay. Featuring artwork from artists all over the Mackay region, indoor market stalls by local artists and a silent auction! More information and artist details coming soon. Email - admin@thegalleryloungeandbar.com.au or Text- 0481146813 for more information

The Gallery Lounge and Bar

Tuesday 2nd July  

When I Grow Up: Builder Wood Crafts Workshops  

9.30am

Learn the art of painting and create your own master piece! In a world full of possibilities, children’s minds are like blank canvases, ready to be filled with dreams. “When I Grow Up” will spark curiosity and ambition in young hearts. Kids will explore different career paths and think about their futures. Join us for a fun and inspiring event that helps kids dream big and learn about the world!

Caneland Central

Kids Walk and Pot Plant Deco

9.30am

Welcome to the Kids Walk & Pot Plant Deco event at Wetland Walkabout! Join in for a fun-filled day of exploring nature and getting creative with pot plant decoration. Let your kids unleash their imagination as they walk through the beautiful wetlands and learn about the environment. After the walk, they can show off their artistic skills by decorating their very own pot plants to take home. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

Wetland Walkabout Makcay, Keeleys Rd, Andergrove

Wednesday 3rd July

Mackay Farmers’ Market

6:30 – 10:30am

Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.

Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.

Bluewater Quay

Thursday 4th July

School Holiday Decorative Workshop

10am

Kid's Creative Cookie & Cupcake Decorating! Join in at Charlies Cafe these school holidays to decorate some cookies and cupcakes. When: Thursday 27th June. Time: 10am till 11am Location: Charlies Cafe - Porters Mitre 10 Mackay. Cost: $20pp. Each ticket includes kids lunch + adults small hot drink. Registrations essential - purchase tickets via Eventbrite.com

Charlies Café, Porters Mackay on Gordan Street

Riverside Markets

From 3pm

Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing

Bluewater Quay Mackay

NAIDOC Celebrations

4pm

FREE Community event sponsored by DBCT

Cultural workshops and performances, face painting, balloon animals, kup murri and more

Mackay PCYC

Green Steel & The Future Risk Of Metallurgical Coal

6pm

Are you curious about the future of one of Queensland's biggest exports and its impact on our climate, economy, and communities? Join in on a FREE lively discussion with experts Simon Nicholas from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), and Tim Buckley from Climate Energy Finance.

Souths Leagues Club

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Diamond Jubilee Delight Pioneer Valley Show Celebrates 60 Years

June 19, 2024

By Amanda Wright


Last Sunday, the Pioneer Valley Show celebrated its 60th anniversary, marking six decades of community spirit and entertainment with a magical day filled with fun and excitement. The event, held at the Finch Hatton showgrounds, attracted thousands of visitors who were treated to a myriad of activities and attractions.
The day was packed with thrilling rides, vibrant market stalls, and a special bubble tribute to Everleigh Johnson who tragically lost her life on New Year’s Eve. The huge area of bubbles floating through the air was particularly enchanting, filling the sky with shimmering spheres that danced in the sunlight, bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.

Pure joy: children's faces light up amidst perfect weather and fun rides at the Pioneer Valley Show. Photo credit: Amanda Wright

BUBBLE BLISS

Rides, Races And Relics At The Pioneer Valley Show



Entertainment in the main ring was a highlight, featuring a diverse array of performances. Spectators were thrilled by the horse jumping, awed by the skill of the woodchoppers, and amazed by the daring Hot Wheels jumps. The grand parade showcased a colourful procession of participants, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display that lit up the night sky and concluded the day’s festivities with a bang.
The Pioneer Valley Show also featured a fascinating display of machinery, offering a glimpse into the agricultural heritage of the region. Helicopter joy rides provided a bird’s-eye view of the stunning landscape, adding an extra layer of excitement to the day.
Food lovers were spoiled for choice with a plethora of delicious options, from classic show fare like dagwood dogs to gourmet treats, such as chocolate-covered strawberries or even mushrooms on a stick.
Founded in 1962 by Mr. Owen Faux, the Pioneer Valley Show has grown from humble beginnings into one of the most anticipated events of the year. It all started with a donated parcel of land, and thanks to the dedication of local families and volunteers, it has become a beloved tradition.
Over the years, the show has evolved, adding new facilities and attractions to keep up with its growing popularity. This year’s milestone event was a testament to the enduring appeal of the Pioneer Valley Show, reaffirming its status as a cornerstone of the community and one of the best one-day shows in Australia.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Pioneer Valley Show in Finch Hatton dazzled thousands with a magical day of rides, market stalls and thrilling entertainment. Photo credit: Amanda Wright

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Festival Kicks Off With Fine Wine, Laughs And Mysterious Stories

June 19, 2024

Merrick Watts has cracked the code when it comes to ensuring his audiences have a great time.

It’s a straightforward formula – ply your audience with wine, tell them hilarious stories relating to the wine, rinse and repeat.  

It’s simple, it works and it’s the reason why Merrick Watts – An Idiot’s Guide to Wine has been selling out shows all over the world.

Local audiences can catch the show at the MECC Plenary Halls during the Mackay Festival of Arts from Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7.

Mayor Greg Williamson said that the well-known comedian had a qualification in wine appreciation so audiences could expect to be educated and entertained.

“While Watts calls himself an idiot, you only have to listen to him talk about wine for a short time to realise he is actually a bit of an expert with qualifications as a sommelier,” Mayor Williamson said.

The Mayor said that each audience member would taste six wines during the show, but said that you didn’t have to be a wine connoisseur to have a great time.

“You’ll expand your palate, learn some fun facts about various wines and have plenty of laughs,” he said.

Also featured in the Mackay Festival of Arts opening weeks is Unlock the City, a production by Crossroad Arts that bestows audiences with the “keys of the city” and allows them to unlock secrets and mysterious Mackay stories.

Unlock the City performer and Crossroad Arts Ambassador Charlee Presland believes Unlock the City offers audiences a singularly unique theatre experience.

"I would say come and see the show because you will see things that you have never seen before and different people with different disabilities working together,” Ms Presland said.

“Some of us are deaf, some of us move differently – it is an experience you never get to see in mainstream theatre,” she said.

Artistic Director Autumn Skuthorpe said the Crossroad Arts team was excited to reactivate some hidden and long forgotten areas of the Mackay CBD.

“It’ll be exciting to revive memories of shopfronts and arcades through stories by our artists with disability,” Ms Skuthorpe said.

Unlock the City runs 7pm to 9pm, nightly, from Thursday, June 27, to Saturday, June 29, 2024.  Find out more info and grab tickets at crossroadarts.com.au.

Also running over the first week of the Mackay Festival of Arts is:
   • From June 22 to August 10, 'The Brae' in Netherdale will be home to a number of events including an extraordinary exhibition featuring local artists and a series of hands-on workshops for all ages.
   • On July 3 at the MECC is From Campfire to Stage Light – an epic journey toward self-determination and Indigenous pride, as told through the life experience of David Bindi Hudson.
   • On July 6 and 7 is Between the Tides, a world-first concert series spanning two enchanting evenings, promising an intimate performance by Christine Anu and Josh Pyke, with each artist supported by Tia Gostelow.
   • On July 7, at the Australian South Sea Islander Hut, Hina: Under the Same Moon will welcome audiences to the world of traditional storytelling, where magic is woven into words and stories come alive.

For more details on any Mackay Festival of Arts event, visit themecc.com.au/festivals

Merrick Watts (pictured) has cracked the code for perfectly blending wine appreciation with side-splitting comedy

Between the Tides spans two enchanting evenings, promising an intimate performance by Christine Anu on Saturday evening, followed by Josh Pyke on Sunday evening, with each artist supported by Tia Gostelow

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Event Guide 21 June

June 19, 2024

Friday 21st June

Guided Walks In The Botanical Gardens
10am
Explore the Botanic Gardens with your Gardens Guide. Walks will differ each week in circuit and theme and are FREE to attend. Walks commence from Botanic Gardens Visitor Information (opposite the cafe) and go for one hour in duration. For more information, contact the gardens on phone (07) 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au
Botanical Gardens opposite the cafe

Conversations With Art
2pm
'Conversations with Art' is a free and enjoyable discussion led by Artspace staff as we look at art works and images from gallery and museum collections. Whether you’re an artist, an art and language lover, beginner, or expert. It’s an inclusive, thought provoking and satisfying way to spend an afternoon! BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET now at 
https://bit.ly/3ND3oyK
Artspace Mackay

Film & Arts Mackay Film – Goodbye Julia
7.30pm
DIRECTOR: Mohamed Kordofani / 2023 / Sudan / Drama/ M / 118mins / Arabic with English subtitles. Just before the secession of South Sudan, a married former singer from the north seeks redemption for causing the death of a southern man by hiring his oblivious wife as her maid. Tickets available online.
Central Queensland Conservatorium of Mackay, Ooralea


Saturday 22nd June

The Wellness Wave Mackay
9am
Come Join us on June the 22nd for an informative day with passionate speakers and therapist Chelsey Jean and Mark Porter fresh back from their tour of America.  
Along with the team from Sage you will also be able to interact with us in a relaxed atmosphere so we can answer your questions and get to know you better. 
Refreshments and Food will be provided.
Mackay Life Saving Club

Bakers Creek Ladies Day
2.30pm
Come along to the Bakers Creek lady’s day, proudly supporting Broken Ballerina Inc, a dedicated organisation committed to raising awareness and breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence and abuse within the Mackay community. Their mission is to support and empower survivors, ensuring they have the resources and safety needed for a secure future. There will be raffles and prizes on the day
Etwell Park, 39 Pattinsons Lane, Bakers Creek

A Taste Of Ireland
7.30pm
Hot off its sold out 2023 UK Tour, ‘A Taste of Ireland―The Irish Music & Dance Sensation’ returns with a performance that is ‘Celtic―for this decade’. Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands, as A Taste of Ireland returns to Mackay for the first time in 3 years. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the world’s most prominent Irish dance shows before it takes off around the globe once again! Tickets available via Ticketsearch
The MECC

Sunday 23rd June

The Terrys Live At Seabreeze
9.30am
Are you ready for this? Catch The Terrys live at the SBH. The Terrys highly anticipated sophomore album 'Skate Pop' is here and they're celebrating the only way they know how, by bringing their brand-new live show to a town near you! Book your tickets today via oztix.com.au
Seabreeze Hotel, Slade Point

Gymability Session
9am
Gymability is our all-inclusive class that is held every 2nd Sunday from 9am-10am and is a more specific program to suit all levels of physical and mental abilities. PRE-PAID CLASS PASSES NOW AVAILABLE! Contact admin to purchase a pre-paid 5 class pass which will be stamped each time you visit. Phone: 4942 0032, email admin@mackaygymnastics.org.au or FB message
5 Snow Wright CRT, Beaconsfield

Revival Night
6pm
Slade Point Life Giving church believes in the unmatched Spirit of God, who is capable of healing, renewing and reconciling us. You are invited to join in on revival night where we welcome the spirit of God to rest on us and restore us.
34 Robin Street, Slade point, Mackay


Tuesday 24th June

Kids Activities – Botanical Gardens    
9am
Come down to the Botanic Gardens these holidays and enjoy some FREE family friendly self-guided activities on offer - Sketchy Scavenger Hunt, Alphabet I Spy, 25 Fun Things to do in the Gardens, Bird watching activity. Download and print activity sheets from https://www.mackayregionalbotanicgardens.com.au/.../self...
Botanical Gardens

Beanie Craft, Snowflake Creation & Colouring In
10am
Embrace the magic of winter with our Cozy Winter Craft Daily Workshops! 
Each day, enjoy a new craft project, from beanie craft and scarves making to decorating slippers and creating intricate snowflakes. Plus, indulge in winter-themed colouring in sheets. Perfect for all ages and skill levels, our workshops offer a heart-warming way to spend your winter days, creating handmade treasures and lasting memories, no bookings required!
Cnr Mangrove Rd & Victoria St, Mackay, QLD

Wednesday 25th June

Mackay Farmers’ Market
6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

STEM With LEGO Workshops  
9am
Using LEGO, motors and sensors to explore all the science and engineering of every day stuff. Strictly limited spaces available for students from Prep to Year 9 … with different programs for different age groups. Tickets available via trybooking.com
CQ University Ooralea

Cuppa and Chat – For Parents
9am
Come along to K&Co (near Spotlight) for a cuppa and chat with other families. Where you can share your breastfeeding triumphs, challenges and to talk everything parenting and more!
K&CO beside Spotlight

Thursday 26th June

Explore A Gym
9am
Bring your child along for a morning of FUN! Explore-A-Gym is a 2 hour play session that is designed to give your child the opportunity to learn and explore in a non-structured environment. Suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years. Cost is $12/child
5 Snow Wright Ct, Andergrove

Riverside Markets
From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay

Kids Paint & Sip
10am
Join from 10am for a guided painting session where kids can unleash their inner artists while enjoying their favourite drinks. No need to worry about supplies –Just sit back, relax, and watch as your young Picassos bring their imagination to life on canvas. Treat yourself and your young artist to lunch, and the little one eats for free! It's a win-win for everyone. Secure your tickets now and make these school holidays unforgettable!
Seabreeze Hotel, Slade Point

Mackay Farmers’ Market
Revival Night
Kids Activities
Conversations with Art
Film & Arts – Goodbye Julia
The Wellness Wave

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GET THE KIDS OUTDOORS THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

June 19, 2024

Enjoy the region’s beautiful sunny winter days these school holidays and get the kids outdoors for FREE holiday fun with Strolling Stories at the Seaforth Esplanade and Sarina Field of Dreams, outdoor board games at the Botanic Gardens and kids' activities along the water’s edge at River Wharves.
Make sure to check out all the activities and follow the Facebook pages of the facilities for more information and updates.
> LIBRARIES
Bookings for these activities, other than drop-in days, are required via Eventbrite for all attendees.
PAINT AND SIP FOR TEENS
Monday, June 24, 2pm to 3pm – Sarina Library
Tuesday, June 25, 10am to 11am – Mirani Library
Tuesday, June 25, 2pm to 3pm – Walkerston Library
Wednesday, June 26, 2pm to 3pm – Gordon White Library
Thursday, June 27, 2pm to 3pm – Dudley Denny City Library
With the help of our online arty database, Creative Bug, we will create an abstract floral painting for you to keep. Feel free to bring along your own flower arrangement if you prefer. All items supplied, including a yummy beverage. Bookings required
HOLIDAY CRAFT FOR KIDS
Tuesday, June 25, 10am to 11am – Walkerston Library
Tuesday, June 25, 2pm to 3pm – Mirani Library
Wednesday, June 26, 10am to 11am – Gordon White Library
Thursday, June 27, 11am to 12pm – Dudley Denny City Library
Friday, June 28, 10am to 11am – Sarina Library
Join us for some creative craft fun and leave with your very own dream catcher or weaving web. These activities are suitable for children aged five to 12 years and bookings are required via Eventbrite.
GAMES ON THE LAWNS
Thursday, June 27, 10am to 12pm
Tropical Sun Lawn, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Try out the library’s outdoors games with classics like Croquet, Giant Jenja, Crackers, Bocce Ball, Cricket and many others. Take up the challenge and enjoy a morning out. Facebook Event
BEDTIME STORIES
Thursday, June 27, 5pm to 6pm
Gordon White Library
Join us for an evening of family fun with stories, songs, rhymes and a craft activity. This is suitable for children aged two to 10 years and their families and bookings are required. Don’t forget to wear your pyjamas!!
MOVIE MATINEE
Friday, June 28, 2pm to 4pm
Gordon White Library
Join us for an afternoon movie and popcorn. This event is for children aged five to 12 years old. Bookings required.
DROP-IN DAYS: CONCENTRATION STATION
Monday, June 24 to Friday, July 5
Mirani, Sarina and Walkerston Libraries
Refine your motor skills and focus with threading activities and LEGO creations.  No need to book, just drop in and play! This event is suitable for children aged five to 12 years during library open hours. Facebook Event.
DROP-IN DAYS: BOARD GAMES
Monday, July 1 to Friday, July 5
Dudley Denny City Library and Gordon White Library
Challenge your family and friends to a game of Battleships, Snakes & Ladders or Connect 4! There will be a wide range of traditional board games available. No need to book, just drop in and play! This event is suitable for children aged five to 12 years during library open hours. Facebook Event.
LIBRARIES OUT AND ABOUT - KIDS FUN AT RIVER WHARVES
Wednesday, July 3, 9am to 11am
River Wharves, River Street, Mackay
Join us for some school holiday fun at the River Wharves, together with our friends from Active Squirtz and Carlie’s Fascinating Faces. Learn what Libraries have to offer, engage in an interactive Story Time with songs, rhymes and dance and explore a range of resources which support children’s physical development.
LIBRARY AFTER DARK
Friday, July 5, 4pm to 8pm (movie from 6pm)
Gordon White Library
FREE movie night + FREE popcorn + FREE slushies + boardgames and a bit of chill time to finish off the holidays.
Presented by the Mackay Youth Council.  Strictly for students 12 to 18 years. 

STROLLING STORIES… ALONG THE SEAFORTH ESPLANADE
Until Friday, July 12
Seaforth Esplanade
Stroll along the Seaforth Esplanade and enjoy the beautiful picture book ‘One Remarkable Reef’. 
STROLLING STORIES… AT SARINA FIELD OF DREAMS
Friday, July 5 to Friday, July 19
Sarina Field of Dreams Parklands, Sarina
Stroll along the Seaforth Esplanade and enjoy the beautiful picture book ‘One Remarkable Reef’. 
STROLLING STORIES… AT SARINA FIELD OF DREAMS - LAUNCH
Saturday, July 6
Sarina Field of Dreams Parklands, Sarina
Meet under the mango tree at the Field of Dreams pakrlands. Facebook Event
> MACKAY REGIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS
All activities are free and require adult supervision. For bookings or questions, call 4952 7300.
BOOKED ACTIVITIES
Pot plant decoration and potting activity
Thursday, July 4, 10am to 11am – book today
Thursday, July 4, 2pm to 3pm – book today
Tropical Sun Lawn
Cost $5 per child
Get creative and decorate a pot to take home and help conserve a plant under pressure. All materials provided.
DROP-IN ACTIVITIES: NO BOOKING NEEDED
Outdoor Board Games with the Libraries team
Thursday, June 27, 10am to 12pm
Tropical Sun Lawn
Join the MRC Libraries team with FREE outdoor games on the beautiful Tropical Sun Lawn. No bookings necessary, just turn up and enjoy!
Fruits and seed display with the Garden Friends
Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, 10am to 3pm
Botanic Gardens Meeting Room
Join the Garden Friends in the Meeting Room to explore some of the fruits and seeds from the Botanic Gardens and about why some plants have become at risk in the wild.
SELF GUIDED ACTIVITIES: NO BOOKING NEEDED
Nature detectives
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm
Drop into the Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre to collect free self-guided kids' activity sheets for:
   • Tibbles Hunt in the Tropical Shade Garden – find the gnomes and decode messages
   • ABC I-Spy in the Gardens
Suitable for kids aged five to ten years.
Any day or time
More self-guided print your own activity sheets can be found on their website.
> MACKAY CITY AND WATERFRONT

KIDS FUN @ RIVER WHARVES
Wednesday, July 3, 9am to 11am
Rivers Wharves, River Street, Mackay
Don't miss the FREE kids' fun at River Wharves these school holidays with...
9am to 10am - Facepainting (Carlie’s Fascinating Faces Face Painting Mackay)
9.15am to 10am - Active Squirtz Mackay
10am to 10.30am - Mackay Regional Council Libraries 'Storytime'
10.30am to 11am - Mackay Regional Council Libraries 'Playtime'
For more information, visit Mackay City and Waterfront's Facebook page.
CITY HEART FRIDAY - FREE KID'S ACTIVITIES
Friday, July 5, from 4.30pm
Join in the FREE school holiday fun for the kids with facepainting, kids' games and live music!  Stay in the city afterwards for dinner and shout the family ice-cream.
> SARINA SUGAR SHED
Special kids tour of the Sarina Sugar Shed
10.30am every day of the school holidays 
Cost: Adults at children’s prices $15 (bookings essential)
This fun, interactive session focuses on the kids, with the added bonus of adults being welcome at kids' prices!
For more information or to book a tour online visit sarinasugarshed.com.au.
> SARINA YOUTH CENTRE
A variety of school holiday activities are on offer for youth aged ten to 21 years. Bookings are required with 12 spaces available per program. Contact Sarina Youth Centre on 4961 9277 or email sarinayouthcentre@mackay.qld.gov.au.  Keep up to date, follow them on Facebook.
WEEK ONE
Monday, June 24 – Board games
Tuesday, June 25 – Recipe for a health headspace 
Wednesday, June 26 – Malachi Cup Day 1 
Thursday, June 27 – Deadly Choices Community Day
Friday, June 28 – Malachi Cup Day 3
WEEK TWO
Monday, July 1 – Coconut Leaf Weaving (Crafts for Zulai Wan)
Tuesday, July 2 - Cooking Strong (Learn how to cook delicious meals with the PPH Team)
Wednesday, July 3 - Pool Tournament
Thursday, July 4 - Movie & Popcorn
Friday, July 5 – Paper Mache

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Discover The Harmonies Of The Sunshine State With QLD Music Trails

June 14, 2024

Venture on a journey through Queensland's musical tapestry with the QLD Music Trails and discover the beauty of a place we like to call…the Sunshine State. Support local talent by attending this musical odyssey of excellence that’s close to both home and the heart. With singer-songwriters, groovy tunes, acoustic folk and a cultural twist to the mix, this line-up of live performances in the Mackay and Whitsundays and surrounding areas will have something for everybody - and is an experience you won’t want to miss!

Enjoy live and local music while surrounded by the beauty of Queensland's finest attractions.

Take A Journey Through Mackay and the Whitsundays’ Melodic Landscapes

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind road trip to adventure as you discover the local blueprints of music, culture and natural wonders within The Reef Trail's series of upcoming events.

Enjoy live music by singer-songwriter Will Blume at the official launch party, "Embark," on Friday 5th of July from 4pm at the Red Dog Brewery. Savour Mackay's finest brews and delicious pizzas as you mingle with fellow Reef Trail-Goers amidst the vibrant backdrop of Mackay’s prestigious Pioneer River at this free entry event!

Next up, get ready to groove at Arcadia Bar on Saturday the 6th of July from 1pm, with indie anthems and dynamic tunes from Great Gable and Kitschen Boy. Join the youthful energy of The Push All-Ages Team and be among the first to hear what’s in this exciting line-up. Don't miss your chance to win free arcade game tokens and dance the afternoon away.

Experience the magic over two days (6th-7th of July), from 4pm, featuring "Between the Tides" on Yuwibara Country in Cape Hillsborough, where local Tia Gostelow will support Christine Anu (Saturday 6th July) and Josh Pyke (Sunday 7th July) serenade you against the beautiful remote setting. Immerse yourself in the culturally guided gathering, leaving behind only footprints as you create unforgettable memories under the guidance of Yuwibara custodians.

Finally, don’t miss out on the last hurrah at “The Reef Sundowner” on July 13th from 3pm Saturday, where you can expect an afternoon of acoustic folk music and local delights at the serene Lake Proserpine. Relax amidst stunning sunset views and camp under the stars, cherishing the memories made along this extraordinary Queensland Music Trail.

To make it all just that little bit sweeter, Mackay and Whitsundays locals can also use the code 10OFF when purchasing tickets to save $10 on tickets! Tickets are selling fast to this unique and beautiful experience, Book now! More information can be found at http://www.qldmusictrails.com.

Josh Pyke. Image supplied
Christine Anu. Image supplied
Tia Gostelow. Photo Credit: MACAMI

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Experience the Magic of 'Tunes in the Dunes’

June 14, 2024

Picture this: a spectacular oceanside location featuring outdoor furniture, scattered cushions and picnic blankets, where families and friends come together under a mesmerising canopy of fairy lights. This enchanting scene sets the stage for Mackay’s newest and most unique event: ‘Tunes in the Dunes’ on Sunday 30th June.

The first-of-its-kind, FREE BYO event is a golden opportunity to experience the breathtaking Dunes Harbour Beach setting and be part of its thriving community. Nowhere else in Mackay can you find such a stunning outdoor setting right by the ocean. Get ready to sway to the soulful sounds of none other than Al Zimmermann, who will be gracing us with his skilful acoustic sounds. From smooth melodies to toe-tapping beats, Al is set to serenade us into the night, keeping the vibes soaring high.

While the music and ambiance are provided, you’re invited to personalise your Tunes in the Dunes experience. Pack your picnic blanket, and esky with your preferred beverages and food. And for those craving an extra touch of luxury, consider elevating your experience by ordering an exclusive Deli Nook platter online.

These platters are masterpieces of gourmet delights, featuring artisan cheeses, succulent meats and dried fruits, all curated to tantalise your taste buds and enhance your evening. And the best part? Deli Nook will hand-deliver your platter straight to the event, so you can sit back, relax and soak in the vibes.

Tunes in the Dunes is more than just an event - it's a celebration of community, connection, and the unparalleled beauty of our coastal paradise.

Gather your crew and join us for an unforgettable evening from 3pm.

Register today to secure your spot and pre-order your Deli Nook platter by visiting www.dunesharbourbeach.com.au

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Final Line-Up Released For Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

June 13, 2024

Music-lovers have been excitedly waiting for the final release of the much-anticipated line-up of the 2024 Airlie Beach Festival of Music and organisers are thrilled to deliver another spectacular list of talented musicians.
Rose Tattoo, Southern Sons, Reece Mastin, Sandi Thom, and more are joining an already stacked line-up including Sweet (UK), Pseudo Echo, Jebediah, Thirsty Merc, Christine Anu, Ash Grunwald, 19 Twenty, and Bondi Cigars.
With the main-stage located at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, the festival arena offers stunning views of the Coral Sea and is regarded as having one of the most stunning event backdrops in Australia.
The thrilling three-day entertainment extravaganza will overflow with live music from both local and international artists.
Set to impress once again, the festival is expected to be jampacked with attendees from every corner of the country and stands as a celebratory treat lighting up the live music scene across the nation.
It’s time to plan your outfits and pick out your dancing shoes as you’ll be singing your heart out alongside X Factor royalty, 90s icons, the best bar room blues-based rock band in the world and many more infamous artists for one of the best events to grace your calendar.
Plus! Who could resist the chance to belt out “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)” live with Sandi Thom herself?!
Rose Tattoo’s lead vocalist, Angry Anderson has expressed his excitement and cannot wait to entertain festival goers this November.
“Hey Brothers and Sisters, what do the words Arlie Beach festival say to you?
To me they say fun, fun, fun in the sun!
Party in Paradise, a week of revelry and fabbo stuff to do and see!
The tatts are playing, see ya there… or be square!”
Tickets to this spectacular event are $320 and encompass three-days of headliners in the main tent as well as entry to over a dozen venues throughout the town.
Enjoy over 50 live acts staged from Thursday night all the way through to the festival’s afterparty on Monday 11 November.
VIP ticket sales have kicked off, however, quantities are extremely limited.
Accommodation options are also limited, and with thousands of festival lovers Australia-wide set to flock to the Whitsundays, rooms are bound to fill up and sell out.
Options extend from 5-star resorts to budget-friendly backpackers to camping at scenic caravan parks and free buses are also running to and from the festival, ensuring everyone enjoys the event and travels home safely.
It's time to gather the group chats together for this unbelievable three-day festival in paradise!
This year, the festival is introducing Paypal so you can pay off your tickets over 8 weeks.
There are also a limited amount of sponsorship packages available which include tickets so get in touch via email to get involved info@airliebeachfestivalofmusic.com.au

What: Airlie Beach Festival of Music
When: 8 – 9 November 2024
Where: Airlie Esplanade in Airlie Beach
More Information: info@airliebeachfestivalofmusic.com.au

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Mackay event gude 15 June

June 13, 2024

Friday 14th June

Be A Hero For Heart Kids
9am
Join in on the 14th of June for a sausage sizzle in support of Heart Kids charity! All donations will go towards helping children with heart conditions. Event by Incredable Tip Shop.
42 Crichtons Rd, Paget 

The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
2pm
An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join these madcap performers as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. On from 14-16th June
Building 21 Boundary Rd, Ooralea

Mackay Tennis Open Tournament
2.40pm
The 2024 Mackay Open Tournament allows you to test your skills against players from other clubs, with live-streaming. The event offers great food, camaraderie, and a chance to play against players from other clubs.
Mackay Table Tennis Association, 76 Bridge Rd, South Mackay

Nathan Kennedy Live
6.30pm
Get ready for a night to remember! Head down to the Burb for an unforgettable live performance by the incredible Nathan Kennedy! Feel the vibe, enjoy the music, and make memories from 6:30pm-10:30pm. See you in the bar for a fantastic evening of entertainment!
Souths Suburban Bowls Club


Saturday 15th June

Pilates 2024 with Katrina at Laffos
7am
Pilates with Katrina for LRC Runners after your Saturday morning run / walk. Please bring mat and $5.
Undercover area opposite Laffos Bar & Pizzeria, Caneland

Mackay Broken to Brilliant Connection Walk
8am
Mackay Broken to Brilliant Connection Walk. Join in on the 3rd Saturday of every month for the Mackay Broken to Brilliant Connection Walk, which combines the beauty of outdoor walking with a focus on connection and gratitude. Let's walk together, heal together, and shine brilliantly in the face of life's challenges. We can't wait to meet you by the beautiful beach at Bucasia.
Beachfront Bar and Restaurant

Finley Smith Memorial Cup
10am
The Finley Smith Memorial Cup is back! After the overwhelming success of our event last year, where we raised over $43,000 (exceeding our original target of $15,000), we are thrilled to announce that the Finley Smith Memorial Cup will be returning on the 15th of June 2024. Let's make the Finley Smith Memorial Cup 2024 the best one yet!
The Bistro at Harrup Park, South Mackay 

Sunday 16th June

The Pioneer Valley Show
Open from 6am
Celebrating 60 Years of The Pioneer Valley Show - an iconic event in the community, widely regarded by fellow agricultural shows, patrons, exhibitors, site holders and entertainers throughout as the best one day show in Australia. A country-orientated fun, family day, known for transforming the small town of Finch Hatton into a sea of colour and excitement. FREE Kids Entertainment Area all day! Tickets: Under School Age FREE, School Students $10, Pensioners $10, Adult (16+) $20!
Pioneer Valley Showground


Mad Evolution Wellness Expo
From 10am
Get ready to ignite your wellness journey at the ultimate Wellness Expo hosted by Mad Fitness and My Evolution!   Discover Your Body: Experience cutting-edge InBody scans and Metabolic Testing with Kel to understand your unique fitness needs. Book your testing at http://tinyurl.com/madfitqld. Mark your calendars for a day of empowerment, education, and endless possibilities. See you at the Wellness Expo Extravaganza! 
MAD Fitness Mackay

Food Forest Fest
10am
Permaculture Workshops, Local Markets. Tree Planting, Kids activities, Sound Healing, Live Music, Tropical Food Sunday 16th June 2024 Mackay Community Gardens 3 Sarah St, West Mackay QLD 4740. Theme: Forest Flying Friends. Gold Coin Donation. Bring a blanket & chair. All donations will go to further development of the community gardens.
31 Streeter Ave, West Mackay

Colossal Board Games At the Library
1.30pm
Join Mackay Board gaming Guild at the library for a beginner’s board game session. 
Be introduced to the exciting world of board games where there is SO much more than Monopoly! This event is for ages12 years and older.
Dudley Denny City Library, 134 Victoria Street, Mackay


Tuesday 18th June

BMA Kidspace    
10am
BMA Kidspace is bringing the ever-popular toddlers’ program, that gives children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. The program includes two drop-in anytime art sessions and free live music entertainment for kids. Bring your toddlers along for a fun day of art-making, singing and dancing, drop-in anytime from 10am to 2pm and stay as long as you’d like.
Andergrove Community Centre

Mackay Show 2024
4pm
The Mackay Show Society Association is thrilled to announce the arrival of the 145th Annual Mackay Show to the community. Scheduled over three days, the show will kick off at 9am on Tuesday, June 18th, and run until 4pm on Thursday, June 20th. The dedicated Mackay Show committee and volunteers are proud to present one of the region's premier events in 2024.
Mackay Showgrounds

Wednesday 19th June

Mackay Farmers’ Market
6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

Mate2manager Mackay
8.30am
Mate2Manager workshop highlights the difference between 'doing' and 'managing' with the emphasis on redefining workplace relationships, facilitating 1:1s & 'expectation discussions'. Half day workshop will lead participants through a stepped process on how to achieve a successful transition, building a culture of accountability, loyalty, cohesion & trust. All participants will create & implement an individualised, stepped, 'Development Plan' specific to your workplace, your situation, your team.
Resources Centre of Excellence, Paget

Thursday 20th June

Explore A Gym
9am
Bring your child along for a morning of FUN! Explore-A-Gym is a 2 hour play session that is designed to give your child the opportunity to learn and explore in a non-structured environment. Suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years. Cost is $12/child
5 Snow Wright Ct, Andergrove

Riverside Markets
From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay

Mackay Farmers’ Market
Broken to Brilliant Walk
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Finley Smith Memorial Cup
MAD Wellness Expo
Mackay Show 2024

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Event Guide 7 June

June 6, 2024

Friday 7th June

Ladies Long Lunch
1pm
Ladies! It's that time of year again...Grab your girlfriends and pop the champagne for the 2024 Ladies Long Lunch! This year will feature the talented Matty-Sax on the decks while he plays the saxophone to show you ladies something a little different! Come along and enjoy a canape lunch accompanied by wines, bubbles and beers! This won't be one to miss, see you there!
The Dispensary Mackay

FREE Art Party Afternoons
3pm
Bring your own project! Do you have an existing arts project that you are looking to finish? Are you looking to meet up socially with other artists in an accessible environment? Held at Crossroad Arts come and make art and have conversations with other artists from our community. Art Party Afternoons is a self-led event - bring your own project and share a cup of tea and a chat!
Crossroad Arts, 55 Wood Street, Mackay

A Taste Of Tassie
5.30pm
COST: $199 per person - An exclusive menu featuring wines and ingredients sourced entirely from Tasmania. Our chefs have meticulously crafted five exquisite dishes, each paired with a beautiful Tasmanian wine, offering a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in culinary excellence.
Rare Bar &Grill, 65 Victoria Street, Mackay


Crashing – Creative Lounge & Market
6pm
forget everything you knew about art and craft markets. no more standing in the heat for hours, no more noisy crowded rooms. we are going to be crashing on the couches at Studio 104/2...come along and check out the works of your local artists and authors! our very first, truly independent market features books, film photography, paintings, digital art, handmade witchy stuff and other things. keep an eye on this page to learn more about the featured artists, and come check out our stalls!
Bottletops & Brushes, 104/2 Victoria street, Mackay


Saturday 8th June

SafeTALK Suicide Prevention
9.30pm
Learn how to: identify someone at risk of suicide, talk to those experiencing suicidal thoughts and help guide them to resources. SafeTALK is presented by qualified LivingWorks trainers. LivingWorks is considered a world leader in suicide prevention training. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. To make your booking go to http://www.grapevinegroup.org.au/bookings/ and book online.
Dudley Denny Library

Monthly Breast Cancer Support Group
9am
Join a monthly support group meeting, for breast cancer patients or survivors at any stage of their journey. What to BRING: a small share plate (eg bikkies, slice, cake), optional-wear something PINK (earrings, scarf, necklace, shirt). This is a free event / nil fee. It’s about sharing and supporting one another - a confidential space to discuss the journey of Breast Cancer over morning tea. Coffee, tea, water provided.
Meeting Room at Botanical Gardens, Mackay

Men’s Mental Health Round
12.45pm
"Bakers Creek Tigers proudly unite with Real Mates Talk to champion Men's Mental Health awareness. We invite you to a day with activities and raffles. Following the Senior Men's game, indulge in a delightful BBQ dinner and enlightening guest talk courtesy of Real Mates Talk. Don't miss this opportunity to make a difference and stand together for a vital cause." Main Game will be at 3:20pm.
Etwell Park, 39 Pattinsons Lane, Bakers Creek

Sunday 9th June


The Ninja Hub Obstacle Fun Run

From 8am
Come try our two-kilometre obstacle course with ten different obstacles. It starts at The Ninja Hub and then heads out around the Mackay Show grounds. The course will be designed to suit all fitness and age levels. Once started you can complete as many laps as you desire to challenge yourself and friends. This event is a fundraiser to help our Ninjas travelling to Anaheim, California for the world series.
Mackay Show Grounds

Afternoon Tea and Concert with Karen Jacobsen
1.30pm
Enjoy an intimate and uplifting afternoon with Mackay’s own Karen Jacobsen as she performs songs from her new album. Relax and recharge with a cuppa in the homely atmosphere of Kitten Vintage while you listen to this accomplished singer songwriter and help yourself to delicious treats from Sweet Cravings Bakery. It’s an afternoon of song and celebration you won’t forget! Tickets $55 pp. Please text Deb on 0431930515 to book. Or pop into Kitten Vintage Mackay 10-4 Tuesday to Sunday
78 Harbour Road, Mackay

Choccie Milk Run + Ocean Swim
7am
Our Classic Choccie Milk (Brick) - RunSwim is this Sunday! Kicking off at 7.00am for a one hour run and an ocean swim at 8.05am. If you don't want to run, that's okay, you can arrive at 8.00am for the ocean swim. Alternatively, if you have a longer run, start earlier and finish with us! The options are endless! Book through the Glofox App. This session is FREE if you are Tri-ActiV8 Tri Club Member through Triathlon Australia, or hold any of our coaching memberships! We also enjoy a coffee/choccie milk at the Surf Club afterwards.
The Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club

June Photo Walkabout – Exploring Regional Forests
10am
June Photo Walkabout - 'Exploring Regional Forests'. Explore all aspects of the Regional Forests, from the canopy to the forest floor. Meet Pamela at the South Sea Islander carpark (off Ram Chandra Place, southern entrance to the gardens). It is recommended to bring mosquito repellent as the mozzies can be friendly.
Botanical Gardens

Monday 10th June

DBCT Kids Theatre Season: The Peasant Prince
1.30pm
Monkey Baa is thrilled to announce the return of its award-winning production The Peasant Prince in 2024. The children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince is the remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene. This is a story of courage, resilience and unwavering hope. Age Recommendation: 7 - 12 years
The MECC

Tuesday 11th June

Northern Beaches Community Play Group
9.15am
Come along for play and connection at Eimeo Esplanade, joined by Caitlyn from House of She who will help parents and children to mindfully move their body. What to bring: Hat, water bottle, sunscreen your own morning tea and approximately a $5 donation per family (cash or card accepted or online bookings). 
Eimeo Esplanade

Book Of The Month  
3.30pm
Book of the Month is a free event and opportunity for you—with the help of Artspace Volunteers—to explore the featured artist’s book of the month up-close and page-by-page. This program is an enjoyable, inspirational and informal way for people of all ages and abilities to see selected artists’ books from the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection. Come and take a closer look at this artist’s book.
Dudley Denny Library, Victoria Street, Mackay


Wednesday 12th June

Mackay Farmers’ Market
6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

Explore A Gym
9am
Bring your child along for a morning of FUN! Explore-A-Gym is a 2 hour play session that is designed to give your child the opportunity to learn and explore in a non-structured environment. Suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years. Cost is $12/child
5 Snow Wright Ct, Andergrove


Thursday 13th June

Riverside Markets
From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay

Mackay Farmers’ Market
Mens Mental Health
Breast Cancer Morning Tea
SafeTalk Suicide Prevention
Mackay Marina Run
Family Fun Day

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REGURGITATOR Set To ‘Invade’ Mackay June 20

June 6, 2024

Get ready to rock, Mackay! Aussie rock legends REGURGITATOR are gearing up to invade the stage at one of Mackay’s favourite local pubs, Seabreeze Hotel, on June 20th.

Fresh from the release of their latest album, Invader, the band is eager to deliver an electrifying performance, bringing their iconic hits and boundless energy to their devoted fans in Mackay.

Comprised of bassist Ben Ely, guitarist Quan Yeoman and drummer Peter Kostic, REGURGITATOR boasts three decades of music-making expertise and a whopping ten albums to their name. Renowned for their ability to keep the party alive, the Brisbane-born band is embarking on a 23-date tour, making stops in various corners of Australia, including their best destination yet…Seabreeze Hotel in Slade Point, Mackay.

With a year filled with unforgettable performances and festival appearances behind them, REGURGITATOR is keen to elevate the experience with their latest album, Invader. Fuelled by the support of their dedicated fan base, they're ready to bring along the enthusiasm that has driven their three-decade-long musical legacy. From pop to rock, punk to metal and more, REGURGITATOR is renowned for their versatility across all styles and genres.

As the excitement builds for this captivating performance, Mackay is gearing up for a night of rock 'n' roll revelry. Don’t miss out on this thrilling opportunity to enjoy great music, delicious food and refreshing drinks by the ocean at Seabreeze Hotel.

In an exclusive interview for Mackay and Whitsunday Life, we caught up with Ben Ely who shared his excitement about performing in the Mackay region as well as showcasing REGURGITATOR’s latest tracks from the highly acclaimed album, Invader.

"After spending the last two years recording Invader, our manager heard the final result and was blown away and insisted we embark on a massive Australian tour," Ben remarked.

Despite not having explored much of the region during past visits, Ben expressed his admiration for Mackay, praising its laid-back atmosphere and friendly company.

"We're thrilled to be hitting as many towns as possible, including Mackay and we can't wait to share our new tunes with the people there. It's going to be great!"

As we enter the water dragon of our 30th year it is your ongoing enthusiasm that rides us high and mighty. At the end of the day when we stand on stages across this land playing our hearts out to you we know with clarity and awareness that it is you our fans who are the base of our being – REGURGITATOR

Grab you tickets now at https://linktr.ee/regurgitator

REGUGITATOR drummer Peter Kostic, guitarist Quan Yeoman and bassist Ben Ely. Images Supplied 

What: REGURGITATOR Preforms New Album Invader
When: Thursday, June 20
Where: Seabreeze Hotel, Slade Point, Mackay
Tickets: https://linktr.ee/regurgitator

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Mackay Awaits The Talented Twin-Duo Pierce Brothers

May 30, 2024

The anticipation is rising as the Pierce Brothers gear up to grace Mackay’s Seabreeze Hotel on June 6th and Airlie’s Magnums Hotel on June 7th, marking their thrilling return to North Queensland after their stellar performance at last year’s Airlie Beach Festival of Music in November.
Riding high on the success of their chart-topping album, 'Everything Is Bigger Than Me' and a string of sold-out shows across Europe and Australia, the dynamic duo is eager to bring their unique sound to the region once again with their infectious energy and mesmerising performances.
With critical acclaim under their belt and the desirable #1 spot on the ARIA charts, the Pierce Brothers are on the verge of reaching even greater heights, recently announced as support for the 2024 James Blunt's Australian arena tour. Their upcoming shows promise to be unforgettable experiences, as they bring their unique blend of indie folk, blues and roots music to eager audiences in North Queensland.
For Patrick Pierce, one-half of the twin duo, the prospect of returning to Mackay is met with genuine excitement and anticipation. "We absolutely love it up there," he shares.
"Every time we’re there, the audiences are just fantastic, so we’re really looking forward to getting back and seeing everyone."
Reflecting on their past experiences in Mackay, Patrick reminisces about the cheering crowds and notably warmer weather compared to Melbourne.
"It’s definitely warmer than Melbourne for one, and we just have a ball!" he adds.
"There’s always great crowds, everyone’s responsive and it’s one of our favourite spots to travel to in Australia."
As identical twins, Patrick and Jack Pierce share a unique bond, both on and off the stage.
"Being identical twins, we’ve always had a similar voice box, so harmonies are something that have always come quite easy to us," Patrick explains.
Their journey from busking on the streets to performing on stages across the globe has been nothing short of extraordinary. From their early days of busking to their current international success, the brothers have relied on their innate connection to deliver captivating performances that resonate with audiences worldwide.
"We started playing shows when we were around 15 and started doing gigs around the area," Patrick recalls.
"But it wasn’t until our 20s when our now manager suggested busking, which blew us up even more, to where we are now."
Reflecting on their whirlwind musical odyssey, Patrick acknowledges that “it’s been a wild ride” and the journey they've embarked on as twin brothers has been fuelled by their passion for music and a shared dream of making a mark in the industry.
As they prepare to bring their unique sound to the Mackay and Whitsunday region once again, the Pierce Brothers are ready to deliver an unforgettable musical experience, showcasing their undeniable talent and down-to-earth spirit to audiences eager to be swept away by their captivating melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

Everything Is Bigger Than Me - out now.
Tickets for their Regional Australian tour are on sale at www.piercebrothers.com

Twin duo, Pierce Brothers are set to grace the stages of Mackay and Airlie beach over the 6th and 7th of June. Photo Credit: Dara Munnis

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31 May Event Guide

May 30, 2024

Friday 31st May

Safety Conference
7.15am
Interested in safety leadership? The 2024 Safety Conference is the region's premier safety event. The Safety Conference offers a multifaceted, comprehensive platform for sector leaders and safety professionals to discover the latest industry information and emerging trends from leading safety experts. Come along to the 2024 Safety Conference and prepare to make better safety choices. This year's Safety Conference theme is 'The Why of Safety'. Standard Member Ticket: $350. Standard Non-member Ticket: $450. Visit Facebook for more information.
 The MECC 

Prayer Ministry Seminar
6.30pm
Victorious ministry through Christ. Registration is $15pp. Learn how to deal with past hurts and wounds of the past and live in victory and freedom. May 31st Fri. 6:30 - 8:30pm and June 1st Sat. 9:30 - 1pm.
Life Impact Church, 5 Wellington St, Mackay

Anette Worthington LIVE  
6.30pm
Get ready for a night to remember!  Join in this week at the Burb for an unforgettable live performance by the incredible Anette Worthington!  Feel the vibe, enjoy the music, and make memories from 6:30pm-10:30pm. See you in the bar for a fantastic evening of entertainment!  
Souths Suburban Bowls Club

Women’s Fellowship
7pm
Get it, girl! Come and fellowship with other women at Slade Point Life Giving church to help grow and encourage one another. All women from all walks of life are welcome- see you there sis!
Life Giving Church, 34 Robin St, Slade Point


Saturday 1st June

Legends on the Lawn 2024
12.30pm
Legends is hitting Mackay this June with an iconic all-Australian line-up! 7 massive artists, all in one day - are you ready?! You can find tickets and more information at https://www.legendsonthelawn.com.au/
Harrup Park

Camilleri Skate Park Festival  
2pm
You’re invited to attend the official Camilleri St Skate Park Festival on June 1st, from 2-5 pm at the Grind Shrine Skateboard Shop event, featuring live music, a skateboarding competition, learn-to-skate sessions, and art workshops - all FREE of charge, promising to be an exciting celebration of creativity and skate culture for all to enjoy.
Grind Shrine Skateboard Shop

TIDELINES 2024
5pm
Students at Bucasia Kindergarten, Bucasia State Primary School and Eimeo Road State Primary School have been busy working with local artists - LaLune Croker, Lisa Robig and Shelley Engwirda making works that celebrate all things Northern Beaches! Come along to celebrate. Food will be available to purchase from the Beachfront Bar and Restaurant and The Dumpling Hut
Seaview Park, Bucasia Esplanade

Sunday 2nd June


Mackay Marina Run

From 5.30am
Welcome to Mackay, where the weather is pristine, our scenery is stunning and our flat, fast course is just waiting for your next PB. The BMA Mackay Marina Run is an unmissable event on the Australian running calendar! The stunning 21.1km race starts at our stunning marina and then winds its way through the coastal city of Mackay. 10km and 5km fun runs are also available as is a 3km kids dash. Registration essential at www.mackaymarinarun.com
Mackay Marina Village

Upstyling With Flair
9am
We welcome all Hairdresser to an event at our salon. "Upstyling With Flair" Learning the art of up styling from a bridal & theatrical styling specialist. With over 30 years’ experience in weddings, styling for Phantom of The Opera, CATS, Beauty and the Beast and many more, she brings her expertise to us here in Mackay. Please contact us on 4953 4200 for more information or to book.
Shop 3/326 Shakespeare St, Mackay 
Volunteers Expo
9am
The Mackay Volunteers Expo is an event designed to promote local volunteering opportunities; provide community groups with promotion, exposure and an opportunity to recruit new volunteers and; acknowledge and celebrate the valuable contribution volunteers make to our community. FREE event.
The Big Shed Pavilion, Mackay Showgrounds

MHF Family Fun Day by Gardian
10am
Join us for a FUN filled day for the whole Family! Mackay Hospital Foundation’s Family Fun Day Presented by Gardian is back again this year and will be bigger and better than ever! For just $5 per person, all rides and activities inside the gate are FREE!
BB Print Stadium

Monday 3rd June

NAIDOC Annual General Meeting
11.30am
The Mackay NAIDOC Management Committee invites all members of the Mackay and Surrounding Areas to the Annual General Meeting.
Jubilee Community Centre

Tuesday 4th June

Habana Chair Yoga
8:45am
Come to the Havana community shed for a gentle form of yoga that can be done while sitting or standing, using a chair for support and includes mindful breathing and meditation. It’s an excellent choice for those who find standard yoga a little too challenging. Cost is just $5 cash per person payable on the day. Bookings are recommended on Facebook @ wellness with Deb
Habana Community Shed Cnr of Moohins Road

FREE Mum & Bub Mediation Circle  
9am
Join Northern Beaches Community Playgroup & Cait from House of She for a special Mum & Bub Meditation Circle. This is a FREE event. BYO - mat for you, playmat for baby and a cushion. No noisy toys. Please arrive with enough time to be set and be ready for the session to commence at 9:15am. This will be a 30 min session. Please visit Northern Beaches Community Playgroup Mackay on Facebook for more information, bookings essential.
Eimeo Esplanade

Pop-Up Play Spaces: Indoor Play
1pm
Drop in and explore our interactive play spaces for young children from birth to five years. These activities and experiences help support children’s physical, mental, social and emotional development.
Gordan White Library

Wednesday 5th June

Mackay Farmers’ Market
6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

Explore A Gym
9am
Bring your child along for a morning of FUN! Explore-A-Gym is a 2 hour play session that is designed to give your child the opportunity to learn and explore in a non-structured environment. Suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years. Cost is $12/child
5 Snow Wright Ct, Andergrove


Thursday 6th June

Riverside Markets
From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay

Barista Basics #005
5.30pm
Come to Barista Basics #005 to learn the essential skills for making the perfect cup of specialty coffee! Welcome to Barista Basics #005 ! Join us for a fun and interactive workshop where you'll learn the essentials of being a great barista. Whether you're a coffee enthusiast or looking to start a career in the coffee industry, this event is perfect for you. Tickets $215
24 Prospect St, Primal Coffee Roasters

Pierce Brothers LIVE
8pm
Join in on an unforgettable musical journey as we celebrate a decade of soul-stirring melodies and infectious energy with the one and only Pierce Brothers! From the intimate beginnings of busking on the streets of Melbourne to conquering stages around the globe, Pierce Brothers have become synonymous with raw talent, genuine passion, and an unwavering commitment to their craft. Get ready to sing, dance, and celebrate a decade of musical brilliance with Pierce Brothers on their Australian Headline Tour! Book tickets online at tickets.oztick.com.au
Seabreeze Hotel, Slade Point

Mackay Farmers’ Market
Womens Fellowship
Skateboard Event
Legends on the Lawn
Mackay Marina Run
Family Fun Day

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The 2024 Mackay Expo Calls You To Adventure

May 23, 2024

Looking for the very latest in 4WD, hybrids, caravans, camper trailers, home, lifestyle and much more? There are thousands of products to discover at this year’s Mackay Expo!

You can see all your favourite brands in the one place and discover some new offerings too, with exhibitors and entertainers on deck to answer all of your burning questions.
 
The Mackay Expo is your opportunity to get the very best deals and some exciting show specials, featuring a massive daily entertainment line-up, including the return of the Shimano Fishing Show, where Mossy teaches you the best tips and tricks on how to catch a ‘barra’ in the massive 10m long Shimano fishing tank.

The Camp Oven King - Kingbrown has three cooking demos daily, showcasing both traditional camp oven, and Weber-Q cooking techniques.
 
Ranger Dan will bring along his not-so-fury pals so he can teach you all about Australia’s native reptilian wildlife… and with the all-new RACQ On-Road, Off-Road Safety Presentations have got you covered on how to prepare your vehicle for your next touring holiday.
 
Explore this years’ jam-packed Mackay Expo with thousands of innovative items, exciting show specials, and daily entertainment for everyone! With sessions on caravan preparation and weights, as well as 4WD preparation, recovery gear and more - you don't want to miss a moment of this year’s Mackay Expo.

This true-blue Aussie event will be held on Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of May at the Mackay Showgrounds.

WHAT: Mackay Expo
WHERE: Mackay Showgrounds
WHEN: 24-26 May

To purchase your tickets or find out more information, head to MackayExpo.com.au


Event Snapshot

   • Over 110 Exhibitors!
   • 4×4 accessories, new caravans, hybrid camper trailers, vehicles, marine, camping equipment, and more!
   • Win $7,900 in prizes
   • Outdoor Adventure Experience!
   • Prepare to be entertained with Hands-on Wildlife, Shimano Fishing Tank, RACQ Safety Presentations and camp cooking demonstrations!

Event Directory:

Conqueror Off Road Australia is hitting the road to present their premium off-road trailers at the Mackay Expo! Join them to discover the robust and versatile family of Conqueror Off Road trailers near you. They look forward to meeting you at the Expo!

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24 May Event Guide

May 23, 2024

Friday 24th May

Star Wars Unlimited Store Showdown
9am
Join us for the very first Star Wars Unlimited Store Showdown! Big prizes are up for grabs, so you don't want to miss this one! Swiss style tournament with best of one, compete to see who can take out the top prize. Cost: $25 per person including a drink
Time: Friday 24th May 6:30pm-10pm. May the Force be with you!
 75 Victoria St, Mackay 

2024 Mackay Expo
4pm
Your lifestyle, your adventure at the 2024 Mackay Expo. Join us on 24th to 26th May at Mackay Showgrounds for the region’s largest and most exciting outdoor adventure, home and lifestyle event. Learn from the experts and discover new destinations, innovative living ideas, and outdoor products and services. Enjoy the interactive displays, entertainment, and prizes.
Mackay Showgrounds

VaMa Live
6.30pm
Get ready for a night to remember!  Join us this week at the Burb for an unforgettable live performance by the incredible VaMa! Feel the vibe, enjoy the music, and make memories from 6:30pm-10:30pm. See you in the bar for a fantastic evening of entertainment!
Souths Suburban Bowls Club

‘Into The Woods’ Play
8pm
Step into a world where fairy tales collide and dreams unravel. "Into the Woods" beckons you on a captivating journey where beloved characters venture into a mysterious forest to fulfil their deepest wishes. Join Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, and others as they confront their fears and discover the true meaning of 'happily ever after.'
Don't miss out on our incredible show! Tickets available for 24 and 25 May, 2024.
CQU Conservatorium Theatre, QLD University, Boundary Road


Saturday 25th May


Pet Food Donation Ride

9am
All welcome to join Mackay Pet Rescue’s ride and to help animals in need. Please donate any unopened cat or dog food or visit mackaypetrescueinc.com.au for their wishlist. For any monetary donation please scan the QR code to donate via PayPal. Food Drop Off point at Pet Barn, Mt Pleasant
Pet Barn, Mount Pleasant

Mackay Poultry Annual Show
9am
IT'S SHOW TIME. Mackay Poultry Club Annual Show 25th May 2024
Gather your best show birds and come along to our Poultry show.
Our FEATURE this year is BRAHMA & COCHIN'S
Mackay Showgrounds

Talking Health and Hormones
5pm
Are you struggling with low energy, stubborn weight or feeling moody? Do you feel like your hormones are out of control? If so, this short, information session is for you.
Join us for real talk on how women are losing the bloat, sleeping better and feeling more in control of their health. Seats are limited so be sure to secure your tickets online.
Rydges Mackay Suites

Glow In The Dark Party
7pm
Kooyong Glow In The Dark R&B night,
Free Entry, 18+ only. Come on down for a party at the Yong
1 Harbour Rd, North Mackay

Sunday 26th May

Laura’s Triathlon
7am
Swim | Bike | Run
Check-In - from 7.00am, Race Briefings - 7.45am, Racing with Kids from 8.00am. Adults on completion of Kids triathlon. Couse Maps and more information available at: mackaytriclub.com.au
Mackay Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club

Million Paws Walk RSPCA
8am
Animal Lovers- 30 years - Rspca Million Paws Walk - kindly support by buying a ticket and or merchandise, bring your furbaby dressed up or fluffed up and enjoy a morning together. Significant Other will entertain plus there will be awards for puppies/dogs - enrol now at https://www.millionpawswalk.com.au/mackay 
Queens Park

Mens Monthly Yoga With Chris
10am
Join Chris for his Mens only Yoga classes.
This class will be run on the 4th Sunday of most months.
Yoga offers an incredible range of benefits for men of all ages. Not only does the practice boast incredible stress-relieving qualities, but it can also help you lose weight, gain strength and muscle, improve work and sleep.
37 Boddington St, Mackay

Bushland Gelsoft Battlefield Games
1pm
Basic games & scenarios. 1pm sign in and briefings, 2-5pm games.
**Booking essential to qualify for the discount and confirm numbers**
$30pp prepaid or $40pp on the battlefield. Limited glow ready blasters are available for hire at $20 per blaster.
Rowallan Park, Farleigh


Tuesday 28th May

Chat and Play  
9am
Come along for a play in the park and catch up with other families. Come late, leave early, we know what it's like with small children!
John Breen Park

Pop-Up Play Spaces: Indoor Play
1pm
Drop in and explore our interactive play spaces for young children from birth to five years. These activities and experiences help support children’s physical, mental, social and emotional development.
Gordan White Library


Wednesday 29th May

Mackay Farmers’ Market
6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

Explore A Gym
9am
Bring your child along for a morning of FUN! Explore-A-Gym is a 2 hour play session that is designed to give your child the opportunity to learn and explore in a non-structured environment. Suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years. Cost is $12/child
5 Snow Wright Ct, Andergrove


Thursday 30th May


Riverside Markets

From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay

YP Networking By The River    
5.30pm
YP presents: Networking by the River, supported by Mackay Regional Council.
Get set for an evening of networking by the Pioneer River at River Wharves. Learn about Mackay Regional Council’s current projects and get to know your recently declared Mayor and Councillors. Tickets are $30 (plus booking fee), which includes one welcome cocktail or mocktail. A selection of cocktails/mocktail are available for purchase at 1999 prices! A range of other drinks are also available to buy. Grab your tickets and we'll meet you there, river side!
River Wharves, River Street Mackay

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It’s Noice, It’s Different, IT’S KATH AND KIM DRAG BINGO!

May 23, 2024

Sydney Drag Queen’s sell-out Kath and Kim Drag Bingo returns to MECC on Saturday, 29 June, hosted by two foxy morons: Prada Clutch and Conchita Grande.

Prada is one of Australia's most sought-after live-singing drag queens. She plays Kathleen "Kath" Darleen Day-Knight.

“Playing Kath came natural to me as I grew up watching the TV show on rainy days at school and I was already using Kath-isms when hosting in drag as they have become a part of Australian culture,” says Prada.

Conchita is one of Sydney's most popular gender-bending miming drag queens.  She plays Kimberly Diane "Kim" Craig (née Day).

“Playing Kim involved a lot of homework.  I had to spend a lot of time sitting on the couch at home watching TV eating lots of unhealthy snacks,” Conchita says.

Prada and Conchita have been touring the East Coast of Australia with their Kath and Kim-themed drag bingo, playing to packed houses of fanatical Kath and Kim fans—and now they’re en route to Mackay!

“We started touring the new show just as COVID-19 hit our shores,” says Prada.

“The pandemic changed our plans slightly, but despite this, we’ve been touring the show since 2020, taking the show to the poiples of Australia.”

Each night, one thousand dollars cash plus prizes are given away while punters play absolutely hilarious games of drag bingo—the type of bingo that you would expect to hear on the main stage at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre.

In addition to hosting Kath and Kim-themed drag bingo, Prada and Conchita perform a Kath and Kim favourite that you will know and love.

“Performing the chart-topping hit as seen on TV at The Logies, is definitely a hoighlight of the night for our fans,” says Prada.

“Come along dressed as your favourite Kath and Kim character for your chance to win our fancy dress proize. Who knows, you may even go home with our major $1,000 cash proize!”

If you’re looking for a fun night out that will leave you in stitches and maybe even a little more effluent, then this is the show for you,

Hornbags! Get your tickets now at www.kathandkimdragbingo.com.

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The Peasant Prince Set To Grace The MECC

May 16, 2024

Mackay audiences will be treated to an inspiring production The Peasant Prince this June as part of the DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season.

Based on the incredible story of Mao’s Last Dancer, the autobiography of Li Cunxin and a major motion picture, the play is aimed at audiences aged seven to twelve years of age.

Following the successful performances of Possum Magic and Edward the Emu, the award-winning theatre company Monkey Baa is thrilled to bring the production The Peasant Prince to Mackay, presenting three performances in the MECC Plenary Halls.

Following the international success of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, the children’s version (The Peasant Prince) won the Australian Publishers Association’s Book of the Year for Younger Children and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Children’s Book Award.

Now adapted for stage by Monkey Baa Theatre, this is the remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene.

The play begins as a young Li Cunxin who is taken from his small rural village in Northern China to study at an elite dance academy in Beijing.

Although the training is gruelling, he is inspired by dreams of a better life for both him and his family.

When a famous ballet master from the USA visits the academy, his life is changed forever.

"It’s always my hope that my life experiences inspire young people to follow their dreams and to take advantage of the boundless opportunities in their lives,” said Li.

“I think my story proves that with hard work, dedication and determination, anything is possible. You can be successful in anything, if you are willing to go that extra mile."

Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life for himself and his family makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be.

The first performance will take place on Monday 10 June at 6pm, followed by two performances on Tuesday 11 June at 9:30am and 12:30pm.

The 12.30pm show is a relaxed performance, targeted to anyone who would benefit from a calmer environment. During this session, there is a relaxed attitude to noise, doors remain open and lights are dimmed to create a comfortable atmosphere for all attendees.

With tickets at $18.50, the MECC highly encourages parents to book their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Peasant Prince is part of the 2024 DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season, proudly sponsored by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.


What: DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season: The Peasant Prince
A Monkey Baa Theatre Company Production
Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas
Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry
When: Monday 10 June, 6pm & Tuesday 11 June, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Where: MECC – Plenary Halls
Tickets:  www.themecc.com.au

Mackay audiences are in for a treat with the inspiring production of The Peasant Prince this June, featured in the DBCT Kids' Theatre Season
 

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Event Guide 17 May

May 16, 2024

Friday 17th May


Conversations With Art

1pm
Held on the 3rd Friday of each month, 'Conversations with Art' is a free and enjoyable discussion led by Artspace staff as we look at art works and images from gallery and museum collections.
POP-UP VENUE*: 'Artspace in Residence' room, Dudley Denny City Library, Victoria St, Mackay

Sunset Pilates
5.30pm
Wanting to learn the fundamentals? This is a beginner experience and has been designed to show you the ropes and give you a taste of Pilates and how it should feel. PLEASE BRING: A Pilates / Yoga mat, a towel, water and mozzie repellent is suggested.
Slade Point - the grass park area at top of Albatross Street.

Roaring Lion / Bob Marley Tribute
8pm
Get ready to jam to the iconic sounds of Bob Marley!  Join us for a sensational 10-piece band tribute night that'll transport you straight to the heart of reggae vibes. 
Grab your tickets now!
SeaBreeze Hotel, Slade Point

Saturday 18th May

Dried Flower Artwork
10am
Come along for a beautiful morning creating, in a relaxed setting and enjoy the steps to create a dried flower artwork made by yourself. We use create our stunning designs using real dried flowers, in a 4x6 size frame. Minimum age 12+ years. Seats are limited and bookings are essential.
Shop 1/3 Ungerer St, North Mackay

BEE MINDFUL MURAL Launch
2pm
The official launch of the BEE MINDFUL MURAL.
Great photo opportunity with our artists and opening-act performers from BEE CREATIVEZZZ. Laneway themed for the opening event and feel-good moment from our placemaking doers to our community.
7 Wood St, Mackay

Mackay Twilight Market
4pm
Join us in the big shed at the Mackay Showgrounds, from 4pm until 8:30pm.
Come along and browse the many market stalls, enjoy the live music, performed by local musicians, and taste the delicious food from the Mackay Food Trucks on Eat Street. 
$2 Adult Entry Fee - Kids 17 & under get in for free.  
Mackay Showgrounds

Sunday 19th May

Colour Frenzy Fun Walk or Run
9am
Colour Frenzy is Coming Back! A Exciting and Colourful day for Everyone! 2.5km or 5km. Sunday 19th of May 2024, we will be holding the Fun Run / Walk. Fun run starting at 9:30am we have a fun Colour, Obstacles and Foam walk or run at John Breen Park. Tickets from www.colourfrenzy.com.au
John Breen Park, Centennary Place, Malcomson St, North Mackay


2024 RACQ CQ Rescue Emergency Services Day
10am
Join us at the 2024 Emergency Services Day, proudly presented by BMA! A fun-filled community day featuring police motorbikes, fire trucks, rescue helicopters and much more! Bring the family for education exhibits, hands-on demos, kids entertainment and more! Entry is by gold coin donation towards our rescue helicopter!
Harrup Park

Colossal Boardgames at the Library
10am
Join Mackay Board gaming Guild at the library for a beginner’s board game session. 
Be introduced to the exciting world of board games where there is SO much more than Monopoly! This event is for ages12 years and older.
The Dome, 134 Victoria St, Mackay

Monday 20th May

Men’s Hair Masterclass
9am
Join us for the Men’s Hair Masterclass at Renegade Barber on Monday, 20 May 2024.
Led by award-nominated barber Damien van der Merwe, this exclusive full-day workshop will equip you with advanced techniques in men's hairstyling through in-depth presentations, live demonstrations, and hands-on practice. Limited to only 8 participants, this masterclass offers a unique opportunity to refine your skills and elevate your craft
Renegade Barber

‘Unearthing’ of the 75th Anniversary Time Capsule
1.45pm
All parents and past students are most welcome to attend this unearthing. We will display the contents of this time capsule at our community open day on Sunday 11th August! for any inquiries please email smm_centenary@rok.catholic.edu.au
St Mary's Catholic Primary School, 42 Juliet Street

Tuesday 21st May

Northern Beaches Community Play Group
9.15am
Join us for play and connection at Eimeo Esplanade on Tues 21st May. We are excited to be joined by Miss Kim from Active Squirtz so get ready to move, shake, jump and show off those broccoli muscles. What to bring: Hat, water bottle, sunscreen your own morning tea and approximately a $5 donation per family
Eimeo Esplanade

Pop-Up Play Spaces: Indoor Play
1pm
Drop in and explore our interactive play spaces for young children from birth to five years.These activities and experiences help support children’s physical, mental, social and emotional development.
Gordan White Library

Wednesday 22nd May


Mackay Farmers’ Market

6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

Explore A Gym
9am
Bring your child along for a morning of FUN! Explore-A-Gym is a 2 hour play session that is designed to give your child the opportunity to learn and explore in a non-structured environment. Suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years. Cost is $12/child
5 Snow Wright Ct, Andergrove

Thursday 23rd May

Decarbonisation Accelerated Summit    
8.30am
Greater Whitsunday Alliance and the Resources Centre of Excellence are hosting the region’s first ever decarbonisation summit in May, to help local businesses understand their role in carbon reduction. The Decarbonisation Accelerated Summit is focused on unlocking thinking around decarbonisation and to provide a platform for actionable change across our region’s businesses, industries, and economy. Tickets available through events.humanitix.com.
The MECC

Riverside Markets
From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay

Mackay Farmers’ Market

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Introducing Mackay’s 2024 Festival Of Arts

May 9, 2024

Radiant smiles and laughter filled the Sarina Sugar Shed last Friday night, as creative members of Mackay gathered together for the kick-off of the 2024 Mackay Festival of Arts. Approximately thirty events will combine to make the 2024 Mackay Festival of Arts a dynamic showcase of art, culture, cuisine and entertainment. This year’s program promises to delight all your senses, broaden your horizons and leave you with memories that last a lifetime!

Festival and Events Officers Tia Gostelow and Phoebe Short, Executive Manager MECC and Eventsand Graphic Designer Chantelle De Meillo. Image Credit: Mackay Regional Council

Igniting Creativity At The 2024 Mackay Festival Of Arts

Mayor Greg Williamson said there will be sensational new events that will create a buzz for the community.
“This is the thirty-seventh year of the arts festival, so thank you very much for the people that actually make this happen, we couldn’t do it without all of the sponsors and, all of the favourites are back this year of course.
“There’s comedy combined with wine appreciation, a massive all-in pub choir music experience, a free form dance event in the dark and an exciting new children’s wonderland at Wisely Wine and Food Day complete with 12,000 bubbles, every minute,” Mayor Williamson said.
“Wisely Wine and Food Day will also be bringing food to the fore this year with multiple exclusive pop-up restaurants that combine gastronomical delights with prime positioning to allow festival goers to enjoy a culinary experience that will be on a whole new level.”
Mayor Williamson said the Whitsunday Wealth Festival Hub would return to the Bluewater Quay this year, with a fresh approach to showcasing local music talent, pop-up bars and street cuisine.
“Each night a new band and genre of music will take centre stage to provide free entertainment for those looking to relax on the riverfront,” he said.
The Mayor also acknowledged the amazing local artist whose work was chosen as the cover of the Festival program.
“We reached out to local artists to create an original cover for the Mackay Festival of Arts 2024 program and then put these out to the public to vote on,” he said.
“The people’s choice was Lian Meaney’s 'Outside the Lines', which is a mixed media piece in acrylic and ink and includes a collage of found materials.
“Not only is the work beautiful – it also makes this program a work of art in its own right that will be a collectors’ item in years to come.”
Festivals and Events coordinator Sarah Porter encouraged residents and visitors to get outside their comfort zone and explore the many experiences on offer.
“This program is so diverse – there’s First Nations storytelling, literature, photography, art exhibitions and workshops, wine tastings, performance art, ballet, chamber music, arthouse films and jazz,” Ms Porter said.
“Add in pub rock, paint and sips, a folk music concert, pop culture, craft brews, local band showcases, karaoke, comedy, family theatre and, of course, the festival features that are Daly Bay Illuminate and the Wisely Wine and Food Day, and you have every reason to be in Mackay in July,” she said.
“July is going to be huge, and we really couldn’t be more excited to welcome festival goers to our region.”

Festival and Events Officers Tia Gostelow and Phoebe Short, Executive Manager MECC and Events and Graphic Designer Chantelle De Meillon holding the 2024 Mackay Festival of Arts Program. Image Credit: Mackay Regional Council

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Event Guide for Kids!

May 9, 2024

Toddler Time
May 13th 9.30am
FREE Toddler Time featuring nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs. It's never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child.  This session promotes early language and literacy development for toddlers up to two-and-a-half. Bookings are essential for all attendees - one ticket required per attendee.
Gordon White Library

Story Time
May 16th 10.30am
Story Time enhances language and literacy development and is aimed at children aged two-and-a-half to 5 years. This session features nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs. It's never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child. Bookings are essential for all attendees - one ticket required per attendee.
Dudley Denny Library

RACQ CQ Rescue Emergency Services Day 2024 
May 19th 10am
Head on down to the 2024 Emergency Services Day, proudly presented by BMA. A fun-filled community day featuring police motorbikes, fire trucks, rescue helicopters and much more! Bring the family for education exhibits, hands-on demos, kids entertainment and more! Entry is by gold coin donation towards our rescue helicopter.
Don't miss out on this day of family fun!
Harrup Park


MHF Family Fun Day
June 2nd 10am
Save the date for a FUN filled day for the whole Family! Mackay Hospital Foundation’s Family Fun Day presented by Gardian is back again this year and will be bigger and better than ever! For just $5 per person, all rides and activities inside the gate are FREE! There will be rides, jumping castles, face painting, food & coffee vendors and SO MUCH MORE! By simply attending this event you are supporting local hospitals
BB Print Stadium

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2024 Mackay Festival Of Arts Launch

May 9, 2024

Local art enthusiasts gathered at the Sarina Sugar Shed last Friday evening for the highly anticipated launch of the 2024 Festival of Arts program.

Photo Credit: Adam Sane and Hannah McNamara

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Sarina Mud Trials

May 9, 2024

Photo credit: Photos by Nell

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Event Guide

May 9, 2024

Friday 10th May

BB Goes Blue For Dolly
8am
Join us for a day of Blue as we have a day for Dolly. For only $25, enjoy a 30min Bounce with Ally at 10.30am followed by some light refreshments with all profits going to the worthy cause. Raffles as well kindly put together from some of our local friends in business for $2 a ticket or 3 for $5. Baked goods will also be available for purchase on the day. Your generosity will directly help fight to change the culture of bullying by addressing the impact of bullying, anxiety, depression & youth suicide, through education & direct support to young people & families.
Boogie Bounce Mackay

Keep The Speed Off The Street
3pm
Keep the Speed off the Streets - TEST & TUNE. All Cars & Bikes welcome, more info on what is required check out the information on our website: https://www.palmyradragway.com.au. online shop will close MONDAY 6TH MAY 4.00pm Gates open 3.00pm. Scrutineering open at 4.00pm till 6.00pm. Racing from 5.00pm - 9.00PM
13 Bells Rd, Palmyra

Neon Jellyfish Sip and Paint
From 6pm
Workshop information and inclusions. During this fun after dark session, we turn out the lights and paint under UV to bring our neon Jellyfish artwork to life. Enjoy the company of others and listen to tunes while you have a paint brush in one hand and a drink in the other. All art supplies included. BYO Drinks ice and glass ware provided, a delicious, shared nibbles platter included. Participants under 17 years must be accompanied by participating adult
Shop 1/3 Ungerer St, North Mackay

Live Music With Ron & Deb
6.30pm
Get ready for a night to remember! Join us this week at the Burb for an unforgettable live performance by the incredible Ron & Deb Duo! 
Feel the vibe, enjoy the music, and make memories from 6:30pm-10:30pm. 
See you in the bar for a fantastic evening of entertainment!
Souths Suburban Bowls Club, West Mackay

Saturday 11th May

Amateurs Race Day
11.30am
A huge day of racing is the Amateurs Race Day. The first of our premier race days of the year and a warm up for the fun of racing to come for the rest of the year. Amateurs Race Day is all about the thrill… the thrill of live local racing, Fashions on the Field, glamour, good food and entertainment. Beautiful weather at this time of the year in Mackay to head trackside. Enquiries & Private Marquee Bookings: events@mackayturfclub.com.au
Mackay Turf Club

2024 Mayors Charity Ball
6pm
After a successful 2023 Ball that raised almost $100,000 for two local charities, the 2024 event is expected to be bigger than ever! Ball-goers will revel in a night to remember celebrating iconic Mackay, with live music by the world-class Elton John Experience. Funds raised at the event will be donated to two incredible local charities this year – the Australian Street Aid Project and Grapevine Group. The event will run from 6pm until late at the MECC. More details at www.themecc.com.au.
The MECC

Live Music
6pm
Enjoy live music by local artists in the Garden Bar!
Saturday 11th May - The Rubens (Ticketed Event)
Harrup Park

Sunday 12th May

San Cisco – Under The Light Tour
8am
Indie pop royalty San Cisco are hitting the road touring regional Australia in support of their fifth studio album, Under The Light. Throughout their illustrious ten-year career, the indie pop three-piece have become one of Australia’s most successful independent artists amassing multiple accolades, gold & platinum records, Top 5 ARIA Charting Positions and much more. 
Ocean International

Celebrate Mother’s Day At The Grove
8am
Let us take care of breakfast for mum. Limited tickets available
Book now! https://theandergrovetavern.com.au/.../mothers-day.../
We are open for lunch & dinner as normal too. Lunch 11:30am - 2pm Dinner 5:30pm - 8:30pm
The Grove, 64 Andegrove Rd, Andegrove

Mother’s Day at the Burb
10am
Celebrate Mum at Souths Suburban Bowls Club this Mother's Day!
Spoil her with a delicious meal for lunch or dinner!
Lunch > 12pm-2pm with a special performance by Anette Worthington
Dinner > 6pm-8:30pm. Book now by calling us on 4957 3233
Souths Suburban Bowls Club

Monday 13th May

Matwork Pilates
5.30am
COST: $5. A 45-minute Mat work Pilates Class. Body weight exercises designed to strengthen your whole body whilst hopefully leaving you feeling relaxed. Coffee at The Deli Nook afterwards. Arrive 10 minutes early to sign in. MEET: In the hall (I'll post a pic so you don't get lost). BRING: Water & yoga mat.
21 Macalister Street. The hall attached to St Paul's Uniting Church

Tuesday 14th May

Book of the month
3.30pm
Take a closer look at our featured Artist’s Book for May. While the gallery is closed for renovations, Artspace Mackay will present its popular Book of the Month program at the Dudley Denny City Library. Book of the Month is a free event and opportunity for you—with the help of Artspace Volunteers—to explore the featured artist’s book of the month up-close and page-by-page. www.artspacemackay.com.au
Dudley Denny City Library, Victoria St

5K for Kays Charity Fun Run
5.15pm
oin me on Tuesday May 14 to celebrate my 15th year in Australia with a 5K charity fun run to help raise funds for the Mackay Hospital Foundation! This year the event will only cater for the 5K Distance. All those wishing to do the full 15K run can join me on Sunday May 19th at the same location. I look forward to seeing you at the Bluewater Quay on Tuesday May 14 to help support a very worthy cause in raising funds for the Mackay Hospital Foundation. 
Bluewater Quay


Wednesday 15th May


Mackay Farmers’ Market
6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

Cybersecurity Preparedness
12pm
Join us as we run through a scripted tabletop exercise, exploring possible solutions and the questions you need to be able to answer. This complimentary event will give you the opportunity to: Discover Myriad Services portfolio of security services, Join an interactive workshop with Leon Friend, Security Consultant at a leading industry company, Network with peers and local businesses & Take an afternoon off with our fully catered event.
Ocean International 1 Bridge Road, Mackay

Thursday 16th May


Riverside Markets
From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay


QLD AI Hub Mackay    
1pm
Whether you're a business owner, government official, academic, or agricultural enthusiast, this event offers a unique platform to connect, learn, and collaborate on the future of AI-driven business strategies in the MIW region. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of the conversation shaping the future of AI innovation in our community.
Split Spaces Mackay


Explore A Gym
10am
Bring your child along for a morning of FUN! Explore-A-Gym is a 2 hour play session that is designed to give your child the opportunity to learn and explore in a non-structured environment. Suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years. Cost is $12/child
5 Snow Wright Ct, Andergrove

Mackay Farmers’ Market
Kays Charity 5k Run
Race Day
Neon Sip & Paint
Mayors Charity Ball

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Event Guide

May 2, 2024

Friday 3rd May

Mackay Dance Festival
From 8.30am
Mackay Dance Festival is a fun & friendly Dance Competition that brings together dancers from all over Queensland! Our audience is open to the general public, so join us in celebrating our young performers! Tickets available at the door $7.50 per session. Sessions from 8.30 – running throughout the day.
21 Boundary Road, Ooralea

Art Party Afternoon
3pm
Bring your own project!
Do you have an existing arts project that you are looking to finish? Are you looking to meet up socially with other artists in an accessible environment? Held at Crossroad Arts come and make art and have conversations with other artists from our community. Art Party Afternoons is a self-led event - bring your own project and share a cup of tea and a chat! This is a FREE event.

May Industry Briefing Breakfast
6.45pm
Join us for a delightful morning bite and conversation at the May Industry Briefing Breakfast. This event is designed to offer a welcoming atmosphere for professionals in our region to connect, share insights, and cultivate meaningful relationships in an engaging environment. A plated hot breakfast including tea and coffee will be served.
Tickets: Members $60 | Non-members $85
Harrup Park

Late November
8pm
After a short time away, Indie-rock icons Late November are back with another demonstration presented by Suitable. After a lap of sold out shows across the east coast alongside playlunch and the release of 'In Your Memory' the octuplet have returned to the North, bringing with them a high-octane live show, gargantuan gang chants and a night to remember. Joined by Giant Palms, Ribbon Stone & Noise.
Hibiki, 22 Gregory Street

Saturday 4th May

FREE Pilates in the park
8.30am
FREE Pilates in the Park with Pilates by Katrina. Join us for Mat work Pilates focusing on the fundamentals of Pilates including abdominal strengthening and spinal mobility at Eimeo Esplanade. No Pilates experience necessary - beginners welcome. Please bring: a mat, towel and water bottle. For more information, please email / phone: 
admin@pilatesbykatrina.com.au / Katrina - 0437180370
Eimeo Esplanade

RSL Water Colour Workshop
10am
RSL Queensland has selected Active Lifestyles events throughout Queensland to provide opportunities for veterans, current serving Defence members, partners, and children. In this workshop you will be shown demonstrations of basic watercolour techniques before experimenting with watercolours to create your own beautiful artwork.
This workshop requires no previous experience and is a great opportunity to try a new hobby with other like-minded people. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. A light morning tea will be provided.
Shop 1/3 Ungerer St, North Mackay


Mingle Mini Tours
1pm
Mingle Events Co. is proud to be a part of the 'Northern Beaches Community Week' schedule, bringing you this special Northern Beaches Mingle Minis Tour.
As a proud Northern Beaches resident, Bec from Mingle is excited to take you on an adventure to explore the beauty, extraordinary local businesses and offerings found right here on our sandy doorstep.
Bucasia Beachfront Bar


Mojos May The 4th Be With You
4pm
Get ready to journey to a galaxy far, far away as we celebrate Star Wars Day in style! Join us at MOJO on Saturday, May 4th for an epic night filled with intergalactic fun and excitement! Dress up as your favourite Jedi, Sith, droid, or Wookiee and immerse yourself in the ultimate Star Wars experience. FREE entry
Mojos

Sunday 5th May

Kids For Christ Conference
8am
Calling all CFC Kids for Christ to RISE UP and bring a Generation of Family Healers to the world! We are excited to share this year’s theme inspired by Mark 2: 10-11. Let’s celebrate 30 years of God’s faithfulness in Australia! This year we will be bringing FAMCON to QUEENSLAND! May 5, 2024 at Ocean International Hotel, Mackay!
See you there!
Ocean International


Monday 6th May

Sunset Pilates
5.30pm
Pilates should improve strength, flexibility, and overall well-being.
My Pilates sessions incorporate controlled and aligned movements, breathing techniques, and mindful focus to sculpt and tone your body while enhancing your mind-body connection. Bring a Pilates / Yoga mat, a towel, water and we suggest mozzie repellent.
Slade Point - the grass park area at top of Albatross Street


Tuesday 7th May

Northern Beaches Community Play Group
9.15am
We are excited to be joined by Miss Kim from Active Squirtz so get ready to move, shake, jump and show off those broccoli muscles. Did you know that children are more likely to join in on an activity if their parent role models and participates in the activity too? Please bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen your own morning tea and approximately a $5 donation per family
5 Eimeo Esplanade

Wednesday 8th May


Mackay Farmers’ Market
6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

Explore A Gym
9am
Bring your child along for a morning of FUN! Explore-A-Gym is a 2 hour play session that is designed to give your child the opportunity to learn and explore in a non-structured environment. Suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years. Cost is $12/child
5 Snow Wright Ct, Andergrove

FREE No Lights No Lycra
6.15pm
Join No Lights No Lycra for a casual dance session in low-light conditions to give the feeling of dancing like no-one is watching. No skills, fitness or dance experience necessary - its just you moving your body in any way that feels good for you and enjoying some banging tunes whilst we're at it! Please bring: water bottle, comfortable clothes and an open mind. The PAC is the large, dark coloured building at the main entrance of the school and it has PAC clearly illuminated on the building. Enter through the glass doors.
Northern Beaches SHS, PAC.


Thursday 9th May


Riverside Markets
From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay


P&C Mother’s Day Stall  
6pm
Mother's Day Stall! The stall will be held over 2 days this year. Please visit online to sign up for volunteering. If you are available on more than 1-time slot please select both.  P.S - Fathers are really encouraged to participate at the Mother's Day Stall, it would be fantastic to see some dads there helping the kids to pick out their perfect gifts.
Pioneer Street, Mount Pleasant


MADSCOTS    
6.30pm
Join us at THE DISPENSARY for our second MADSCOTS event of the year!
Enjoy this special night with an arrangement of unique whiskies from all over the world accompanied by a three-course meal designed by our head chef Alex. 
The MADSCOTS welcome all new and returning guests!
The Dispensary Mackay

Mackay Farmers’ Market
Missy Higgins Live  
RSL Watercolour Painting
Art Party Afternoon
MADSCOTS  
Kids for Christ Conference

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Step Right Up To Hudson's Circus Extravaganza!

April 24, 2024

By Amanda Wright

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, get ready for the greatest show to hit Mackay this year! Hudson's Circus is in town, and it's time to experience the magic, thrill, and laughter under the big top.

Led by the dynamic duo of Goldie the Clown and Ringmistress Jane De Goldi, Hudson's Circus promises a traditional circus experience with a modern twist that will leave you breathless and begging for more. With over 10 years of experience touring the country, this circus knows how to captivate audiences of all ages, and as they explain it, the experience starts as soon as you purchase your ticket.

With showbags and memorabilia, slushies and carnival-style food, the evening abounds with magical memory-making moments.

Goldie, the iconic clown who once graced the streets of Dreamworld as its beloved mascot, brings his unique blend of humour and charm to the ring, ensuring plenty of smiles and howls of laughter. And Jane, the talented ringmistress, guides the audience through a mesmerising journey filled with awe-inspiring acts and heartwarming moments.

But what sets Hudson's Circus apart is its commitment to family entertainment. In fact, it’s a family show right at its heart. Not many people would know that the iconic clown and dazzling ringmistress are husband and wife, and their two children are also an integral part of the circus.

"We ran away from Dreamworld to join the circus, and we've never looked back,” Goldie laughed.

When the couple met, Jane played the character of Spongebob Square Pants at the theme park.

“It's a beautiful lifestyle, travelling the country as a family and spending every day together,” Jane added.

So, what can you expect from Hudson's Circus? Picture this: Majestic Welsh Mountain Ponies prancing gracefully, Dromedary Camels strutting their stuff, and the Flipping Disc Dogz wowing the crowd with their incredible stunts. Hudson’s have kept the tradition alive with animal acts in its performance with the promise that their four-legged stars are treated as well (if not better than) their human co-stars. It's a menagerie of talent and excitement that will leave you on the edge of your seat, with jugglers, talented trapeze and rope artists, illusions and thrilling motorbike stunt riders.

And let's not forget the modern twists that keep Hudson's Circus ahead of the curve. From state-of-the-art AI technology in the clown car to Jane's pioneering role as a female ringmaster, this circus is always pushing boundaries and redefining what it means to be under the big top.

But the real magic of Hudson's Circus lies in its ability to transport audiences to a world of wonder and imagination. As Jane puts it, "Come with us through the magical world of circus," and you'll find yourself entranced by the spectacle unfolding before your eyes.

So, gather your friends and family, grab your tickets at the door, and get ready for an unforgettable journey into the enchanting world of Hudson's Circus. With its unrivalled blend of tradition, innovation, and heart, this is one show you won't want to miss!

Ringmistress Jane De Goldi, young fan Brydon Wright, Goldi the Clown and Dromedary Camels Pearl and Storm are in Mackay to entertain generations of circus fans. Photo credit: Amanda Wright

Locals packed the big top to experience a night of entertainment under the big top

Don’t miss the artists and animals of Hudson’s Circus. Photo credit: Amanda Wright

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Event Guide

April 24, 2024

Just Keep Marching Event Launch
2.30pm
Just Keep Marching LAUNCH Friday 26 April 2024 2:30pm Memorial Swim Centre Smart Casual dress code. Additional pool entry fee swimming afterwards. Get Tickets NOW ONLY $5 home baked afternoon tea
Memorial Swim Centre

Moonlight Cinema In the Park
6.30pm
Spend a gorgeous evening under the stars, BYO picnic and drinks, then settle in for a perfect chick flick. The best Friday fun with your friends! Cost - $20 includes bean bag and popcorn. Movie – Pretty Woman. This is an 18 + event.
Wood St Park (beside Sams Singapore)

Karaoke Under The Stars
6.30pm
Family Karaoke Night @ Souths Suburban Bowls Club. Kids are allowed to sing & join in the fun. Best family nights, Excellent meals, Courtesy bus available, Supervised free kids room.
Souths Suburban Bowls Club


Saturday 27th April

Walkerston Farmers Day
8.15am
Join us in the Mackay Region for a day of networking, presentations on soil health, ruminant management, biosecurity, farm planning, pests and weeds and much more. Presenters include: Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group Inc., Reef Catchments, Biosecurity, Central Queensland Soil Health Integrity Systems. $7 for the day including morning tea and lunch. $5 for QGoat members. THIS IS THE PERFECT DAY FOR ANYONE WITH ACREAGE AND ANIMALS.
Tommy Webster Hall Walkerston

FREE Social Paddle With Sunset Bay Outriggers
8.30am
Join us for an exciting morning of paddling and fun at Eimeo Esplanade. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or a beginner, this event is perfect for everyone. Grab your friends, and get ready for an unforgettable experience. For more information please
email: secretarysbocc@gmail.com or phone: 0402 249 352
Eimeo Espl, Eimeo

Watercolour and Wine Night
6pm
Unwind in a relaxed setting and enjoy the afternoon painting your own Floral wreath artwork. No art experience necessary, experienced artist guiding the session. Enjoy the calming benefits of creating. Learn techniques, use my signature florals sheets and illustrate your very own beautiful artwork. All art supplies are included to use throughout the session, just bring yourself! BYO Drinks & nibbles if your please. Glassware are ice available.
Shop 1/3 Ungerer St, North Mackay

The Ultimate 90-00’s R&B Party
8pm
Join us as we transport you back to the golden era of R&B with our Blacklight UV Party! Get ready to sing your heart out as DJ Doodleface plays your favourite hits from the R&B legends that shaped the music scene. Make sure you're dressed to impress as we have amazing prizes on offer for best dressed as well as glowsticks for everyone! Get down to the jams you love and don't miss out!
Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday 28th April

Free Sunrise Photography Workshop
5.15am
FREE Sunrise Photography Workshop with Mackay Camera Group Inc. We will meet at 5:15am so that we are set up and ready for first light and then the sunrise itself. We welcome anyone who has an interest in photography whether that be via a camera or phone - no previous experience necessary. Please bring: your camera equipment or phone...whatever you intend to capture the sunrise with!
Blacks Beach Park, Bourke Street, Blacks Beach

Men’s Monthly Yoga
8am
Relax and rejuvenate with this men's only yoga class with Chris! The class includes simple yoga asana stretches followed by guided relaxation and meditation. Chris' down to earth approach to yoga welcomes men from all walks of life to come and give yoga a go. Your body and mind will thank you for it! Please book at the link by clicking on the date you want to book for. Visit Tranquil Yoga Mackay
6/37 Boddinton Street Mackay

FREE Meditative Walk
4.30pm
Join us for an afternoon to be at one with nature. Walking meditation is beautiful opportunity to connect with the elements, connect with yourself and become present in the here and now. There will be a few introductory practices to help us prepare, become more present and aware, before departing on our walking meditation. Please bring: Hat, sun safe clothes & water bottle.
Shoal Point Beach

Monday 29th April

YarnBomb Northern Beaches Meet Up
9.30am
Join us for a YarnBomb Meet Up in the Northern Beaches as we come together to crochet our jellyfish creation for the Northern Beaches Community Week as well as install at Eimeo SLSC. Experienced crocheters welcome and newbies too. We have plenty of yarn and crochet hooks to go around and plenty of jellyfish are needed for our planned installation. Let's chat, crochet and enjoy a beautiful morning of connection together. No need to RSVP....see you on the 29th April!
Eimeo Surf Life Saving Supporters Club

FREE On the Run Session
5.15am
Join us for an 'On the Run' session with Marty at Eimeo Esplanade. We run, jog (and walk when we need to) as we adventure through the Eimeo area. All levels of fitness and beginner 'runners' welcome - we all need to start somewhere...let it be this day that your love for running takes off. Please bring some water, a light a towel and a smile. Email: marty@ontherunmackay.com.au or Phone: 0409 263 202 for more information
9 Eimeo Espl, Eimeo

Tuesday 30th April

Cota Conversations
9am
Join us for an essential conversation at our upcoming workshop in Mackay on April 30th! While planning for scenarios like losing capacity or needing care may not be popular topics, they are incredibly important ones. Don't miss out on this opportunity! Enjoy morning tea and a light lunch as you engage in these crucial conversations. RSVPs are essential via the tickets link. This event is FREE. Visit Cota Queensland on Facebook for more information.
Oceans International Mackay  


Wednesday 1st May


FREE Outdoor Fitness Session
5.45am
Step up to the challenge with stair drills & body weighted movements at Blacks Beach with Megan from Double M Fitness. Expect a combination of stair climbing, interval training, plyometrics, and bodyweight exercises carefully crafted to maximize calorie burn and improve cardiovascular health. Please bring: A towel and a water bottle. For more details contact: Megan Connolly - 0448748741 or email doublemfitness@gmail.com or visit Double M Fitness HOME - Double M Fitness Mackay
Blacks Beach Stairs

Mackay Farmers’ Market
6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

FREE No Lights No Lycra
6.15pm
Join No Lights No Lycra for a casual dance session in low-light conditions to give the feeling of dancing like no-one is watching. No skills, fitness or dance experience necessary - its just you moving your body in any way that feels good for you and enjoying some banging tunes whilst we're at it! Please bring: water bottle, comfortable clothes and an open mind. The PAC is the large, dark coloured building at the main entrance of the school and it has PAC clearly illuminated on the building. Enter through the glass doors.
Northern Beaches SHS, PAC.

Thursday 2nd May

Explore A Gym
10am
Bring your child along for a morning of FUN! Explore-A-Gym is a 2 hour play session that is designed to give your child the opportunity to learn and explore in a non-structured environment. Suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years. Cost is $12/child
5 Snow Wright Ct, Andergrove

Riverside Markets
From 3pm
Come along and browse J2Fs collections of unique and colourful creations… Funky jewellery and fun kids clothing 
Bluewater Quay Mackay


Belly Balance – 6 week program  
6pm
Upcoming Pregnancy Course – Belly balance 6-week fear release program. A combination of birth preparation, long slow relaxation stretching and fear release meditations. A space of support and connection between women and an open forum for discussing all feelings that come with pregnancy. Book your space here:
https://ignite-you.as.me/bellybalanceprogram 
Athletica Fitness Centre

Mackay Farmers’ Market
Just Keep Marching  
Walkerston Farmers Day
Watercolour & Wine
Belly Balance
Free ‘On The Run’ Session

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Find Your Fashion Favourites At Sweet Repeats This Sunday!

April 19, 2024

After a very successful launch last year, Sweet Repeats – Pre-Loved Clothing Market returns this Sunday!

With a huge selection of high-quality, gently worn clothing and accessories, Sweet Repeats is a market aimed at promoting sustainability, affordability, and community engagement, offering people a budget-friendly shopping experience that’s kind to the planet without compromising on style or budget.

For Healthy Clean and Green owner/manager Wendy Steindl, the concept for the market originally stemmed from a purely environmental awareness side, however the success of the first Sweet Repeats and then it’s sister market Trash & Treasure, has proven that with the cost of living pressures, the markets are resonating to a much broader range of the Mackay community and these markets are something that the community wants!

Selling and purchasing second hand items reduces waste, slows fast fashion and minimizes our carbon footprint. By actively extending the lifecycle of an item we can collectively make a significant impact on the number of things being sent to landfill, which in turn has a positive effect on the environment.

Sweet Repeats is a fantastic opportunity to find high-quality items at affordable prices. Customers can discover items that they need or want without compromising on their budget and stallholders can turn pre-loved items that they no longer use into cash, which for some could help to ease financial pressures.

Healthy Clean and Green advocates always choosing better choice for the environment and as such Sweet Repeats is proud to be a low-waste event. We are encouraging customers and stallholders to bring along their own water bottles, coffee cups and shopping bags and a ‘waste station’ will be set up on site offering composting and recycling options. Local favourite MAD Cow Coffee will be in attendance and will be offering a ‘mug library’ that people can utilise if they forget to BYO.

Event Details:

Date: Sunday 21 April 2024

Time: 8am – 12pm

Location: CQ Uni City Campus Sydney Street Mackay

Stall Bookings:

https://form.jotform.com/240450629753862

For further information please contact:

Wendy Steindl

Owner/Manager

Healthy Clean and Green

wendy@healthycleanandgreen.com.au

www.healthycleanandgreen.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/healthycleanandgreensolutions

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Event Guide

April 18, 2024

Friday 19th April

CQ Rescue Charity Golf Day
11am
Taya Rush presents the 2nd annual charity golf day. $100 per player, teams of 4, 18-hole Ambrose. Novelty holes with prizes. Have a game of golf while supporting the RACQ CQ Rescue team!
Mackay Golf Club, Bucasia

Conversations With Art
1pm
Held on the 3rd Friday of each month, 'Conversations with Art' is a free and enjoyable discussion led by Artspace staff as we look at art works and images from gallery and museum collections. POP UP Venue in Residence' room. Book your free ticket now at 
https://bit.ly/3ND3oyK
Dudley Denny City Library

Keep The Speed Off The Street
3pm
Keep the Speed off the Streets - test & tune
Race your mates in a safe & controlled environment! All Cars & Bikes welcome, more info on what is required check out the information on our website. Tickets for racers: www.palmyradragway.biz Gates open 3.00pm. Scrutineering open at 4.00pm till 6.00pm. Racing from 5.00pm - 9.00PM
Palmyra Racing Club


Leyon Milner LIVE
6.30pm
Get ready for a night to remember! Join us this week at the Burb for an unforgettable live performance by the incredible Leyon Milner! Feel the vibe, enjoy the music, and make memories from 6:30pm-10:30pm. See you in the bar for a fantastic evening of entertainment!
Souths Suburban Bowls Club


Saturday 20th April

Pilates with Katrina
7am
Pilates with Katrina for LRC Runners after your Saturday morning run / walk. Please bring mat and $5.
Undercover area opposite Laffos Bar & Pizzeria, Caneland

Mother’s Day Platter Set
9am
Come & Get Creative! Spoil mum this Mothers’ Day, buy her a workshop so she can create this platter set. Or come and make one for her! Lots of designs & colour inspirations to choose from. Ages 15+ This 2.5hour class will give you an insight of how you can create, cut & assemble your glass. No experience necessary. Bookings, session times ... www.azureglass.com.au
321 Anzac Ave, Marian 

Candle Making Workshop
10.30am
Talented local Mackay candle maker Jess, with her handmade business A&J Crystal Creation is heading into The Creative Art Studio for this beautiful new workshop.
All supplies, learn how to create a beautiful 400g candle made with plant-based wax & fragrances. Personalise with crystals, dried flowers and glitters. All materials are provided, live demonstrations by Jess showing the process. Refreshments and nibbles provided. Seats are limited and bookings are essential.
Shop 1/3 Ungerer St, North Mackay

River of Life Festival
11am-11pm
This will be a free community fun day, featuring 28 local talent music acts across three stages along the banks of our newly developed Bluewater riverfront. A community stage showcasing local dance clubs, ukulele groups, Irish dancing, also loads of food stalls, market stalls and heaps of free activities from petting zoos, art workshops, fitness games, face painting and much more.
Bluewater Quay


Sunday 21st April

Second Hand Clothing Market
8am
After the very successful launch of the Sweet Repeats Second Hand Clothing Market in September last year, organisers are super excited to announce that it is happening again! From 8am - 12pm
CQ University City Campus

Superhero Kid’s Mindfulness Session
9pm
Are you looking for a different Activity for your kids to do? To Gain confidence in themselves and to make new friendships? To Learn to hold more attention and gain focus through activating their imagination. To become more aware of their emotions and how to control them? To Have fun, with movement, music, art, and learn mindfulness and relaxation? Ideal for children aged 6-9. Let your kids discover their own inner superhero’s. Bookings essential - Via email Susan.prh@icloud.com
Boogie Bounce Mackay, 167 Shakespeare Street

Colossal Board Games
10am
Join Mackay Boardgaming Guild at the library for a beginners board game session. 
Be introduced to the exciting world of board games where there is so much more than Monopoly! This event is for ages 12 years and older.
The Dome, 134 Victoria St, Mackay

Monday 22nd April

Adult Tap Class
5.45pm
Adult tap class - beginners welcome! $15 per person. 5:45 - 6:30 @ Monique’s Classical Coaching studio
Palmer St, North Mackay

Yoga Information Night (part 2)
6.30pm
This information night is your chance to ask questions, meet the instructor, and get a feel for what the 4-Week Intimate Mini Yoga Course has to offer. Let's come together, share the excitement, and prepare to embark on this enriching yoga journey. Mark your calendars, invite your friends, and let's explore the world of yoga together!
43 Gordan Street, Mackay

Tuesday 23rd April

Walk and Talk
9am
Meet us at the carpark near the playground on Lagoon Street for a casual walk through the gardens. Bring a pram, carrier or wheels for your little ones and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air. We can stop at the cafe halfway through or at the end depending what suits and can stay for a play at the playground afterwards
Botanical Gardens Mackay

Tradie Toolbox Mackay
3.30pm
Calling all Tradies and construction professionals in Rockhampton!
We are hitting the road to bring our Tradie Toolbox events to you! The event will focus on ‘Building your financial success’. Hosted by the QBCC and featuring guest speakers from partner agencies, this event is designed to provide you with essential knowledge and strategies to level up your financial game.
Rydges Mackay Suites

Wednesday 24th April


Mackay Farmers’ Market

6:30 – 10:30am
Shop local at the Mackay Farmers' Market and enjoy a morning on the Pioneer River.
Grab your reusable coffee cups, drink tumblers, water kefir bottles, produce and carry bags and stop in at the Mackay Farmers' Market every Wednesday.
Bluewater Quay

Pilates With Steph Lively  
5.15pm
Join us for body weight (ankle weights optional), Pilates style exercises. Suitable for most fitness levels. You need be able to independently get up and down off the ground and pace yourself. $5 on entry. WHERE: The large grassed area in front of the Council Chambers. BRING: Pilates / Yoga mat & water. Maybe mozzie spray too. PARKING: Free parking along Gordon & Macalister Street. We will cancel if the weather is no good. Check Facebook page for updated info.
73 Gordon Street, Mackay

Coterie at the SBH
7pm
Join us on April 24th as Coterie takes the stage, following its postponement due to weather conditions. If you missed out on tickets before, fret not! We still have limited tickets available, but they're selling fast! Get ready for an unforgettable evening as Coterie presents their epic Lush Leopard AU & NZ Tour. 
Seabreeze Hotel, Slade Point


Thursday 25th April

ANZAC Day Dawn Service
5.15am
Assemble at Farleigh store at 5.10am for parade and walk to cenotaph.
BBQ Gunfire breakfast at Farview Tavern after service - Gold Coin Donations. All are welcome.
Farleigh Mill

ANZAC Mid-Day Service
From 10am
Parade assembles at southern end of Bucasia Esplanade at 10.10am and walks to cenotaph. Sausage sizzle after service.
Bucasia Beach

ANZAC Day at Seabreeze
12pm
Let's honour and celebrate together at the Seabreeze Hotel. Join us for a day of remembrance and gratitude as we celebrate Anzac Day on Thursday 25th April from 12pm. Delight your taste buds with our specially curated Anzac Day menu and enjoy the soulful melodies of Moko (Duo), as they perform a harmonious mix of Aussie and Kiwi songs. Lest We forget.
Seabreeze Hotel, Slade Point

Mackay Farmers’ Market
Tradie Toolbox Mackay
Charity Golf Day
Conversations with Art
Mother’s Day platter set
ANZAC Day Darn Service

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Event Guide

April 11, 2024

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Elevating Artistry At The Wisely Wine And Food Day

April 11, 2024

With Artspace Mackay’s annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Art and Design Market taking a hiatus in 2024, Wisely Wine and Food Day is set to welcome an influx of creative exhibitors.

Artspace Mackay Director Tracey Heathwood said this year, the team would focus their efforts on professional development programs for local artists and artisans.
“By investing in professional development opportunities for our local artists and artisans in the off year, we hope to attract a larger number of unique, high quality local artisans to our curated art market going forward,” Ms Heathwood said.
“Unfortunately, attendance numbers have been waning in recent years, especially with so many quality markets on offer across the region.
“We have chosen to invest in this event and our artistic community this year, so that we can deliver a bespoke event that is a true showcase of our region’s creativity and artistic talent.”
In 2024, prospective art market stallholders are encouraged to apply for a place at the 2024 Wisely Wine and Food Day.
Festivals and Events Coordinator Sarah Porter said the Festival of Arts drawcard had been evolving over the last few years and would continue to do so.
“Wisely Wine and Food Day is so much more than a music festival – we really want to incorporate more experiences for visitors,” Ms Porter said.
“In 2024 we will have more exciting dining experiences, roving artists, children’s performances and we especially want to grow the creative offerings in the market area,” she said.
“We would love to see a larger representation of local artisans at this major event.
“Annually, the Wisely Wine and Food Day attracts up to 25,000 people, so it is a wonderful opportunity for local artists and artisans to reach new customers/audiences.”
To apply for a market stall at the 2024 Wisley Wine and Food Day, visit mackay.qld.gov.au/vendor
Applications close Wednesday, May 1, 2024.
The next Rock, Paper Scissors Art & Design Market will be presented in 2025. Keep an eye on the Artspace Mackay website and socials for more details.

Artspace Mackay is infusing this year's Wine and Food event with a surge of creativity as the Rock, Paper, Scissors Market takes a hiatus

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New Festival Aims To Bring River To Life

April 11, 2024

Get ready to ride the waves of excitement at the upcoming River of Life Festival!
Scheduled for April 20th from 11 am to 11 pm, this free community event promises a day packed with fun and entertainment for all ages. With 28 fantastic acts lined up across three vibrant stages, the festival will showcase the incredible talents of local performers. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Mackay’s sparkling blue Pioneer River and utilising the newly developed Waterfront Precinct, attendees can look forward to a day filled with music, laughter, and unforgettable moments. It's an event not to be missed as the community comes together to celebrate the heartbeat of the town. 
This festival has come about from the collective contribution of our community volunteers. There's something for everyone, including a kid’s hub with an array of activities for children of all ages and family, there will be dancing, market stalls, food vans and local displays.
 
Festival coordinator, Jamesly Gourlay says, "Please come join our party and celebrate the richness of togetherness. 
“Let's celebrate who we are, bringing our community together with a showcase of Mackay's culture and talents."
 
With idyllic views of our iconic Pioneer River, watch local acts and discover new talent - there is something for every musical taste.  Experience a town coming alive to the sound of music and art with the music spread throughout the three stages along the banks of the river.
 
Mackay Regional Council has supported the River of Life Festival with the Make Your Place grant funding designed to inspire community-driven events and attractions in the region. Various local businesses have also provided generous support with sponsorship, equipment and facilities.

What to expect at the RIVER OF LIFE FESTIVAL
* Sensory circus tribe
* Petting zoo
* Kids mini train rides
* Drum workshop
* Glitter Tattoo
* Facepainting
* Bush Craft
* Food stalls
* Art Workshops
* Dancing
* Local displays
* Fitness games
* Market stalls
* Music Bands

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Friday Fun In The City Heart

April 4, 2024

Looking for something entertaining to do today?
There’s lots of fun for kids and adults in Mackay’s city centre as part of its Friday activation series.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Let the Children Play Toyshop Pokemon Card Game Workshop.
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Wood St, near the Grazing Goat Cafe FREE kids activities:
   • Carlie's Fascinating Faces Face Painting Mackay
   • Plaster kids/ SandWizard Mackay & Whitsundays
   • Kids games
   • Live music by Tiffany Grace Music
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: DeckaDice Watch Party Free to attend:
   • Pokemon Concierge screening
   • Pokemon Bingo
   • Dress up in your best Pokemon-themed outfit and win prizes!!
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Crossroad Arts Inc Art Party Afternoon:
   • Age: 15+
   • Cost: Free
   • Bring your own projects and materials. Some art supplies provided.
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm: The Deli Nook BYO and grab a platter arvo.
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Pelican Zen Free City Heart Community Rhythm Drum Circle at Bluewater Quay.
6:00 pm - late: Red Dog Riverfront Ronny Crocker
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm: The Dispensary Mackay DJ Nathan in the bar.
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Hibiki 22 Bar & Karaoke Luke Miller Band
The Gallery Lounge and Bar: Free entry and pool until 9:00 pm with the resident DJ playing from 8:30 pm.

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March 28, 2024

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Mackenzie May's Musical Odyssey

March 21, 2024

From singing in a church to singing on stage, homegrown Central Queensland talent Mackenzie May is making her way up in the music arts world at just seventeen years old as she released her first debut single ‘Little Things’ on Friday, the 1st of March.

Mackenzie wrote the bittersweet song back in July last year at the junior academy of country music in Tamworth, where she co-wrote the song with Sarah Buckley from ‘The Buckleys.’

Mackenzie says she wrote the song about the small joys in life, acknowledging the little things as she memorises the minor, but significant moments her close friends will leave behind after they move onto university and into a new life outside of their hometown.

“A lot of my friends are moving away to uni, the song is about little things in life that get left behind and the little things that are big things to me.”

Growing up, Mackenzie would often sing with her pop. As her passion for singing developed over the years of her youth, she began singing for her local church, which expanded into her performing her first ever open mic at just thirteen-years-old. At fifteen, she then realised she would be able to make a career out of her harmonic vocal cords and acoustic guitar skills.

“Pop used to sing, I used to sit on his lap and sing with him.

“I think I was about twelve years old when I started singing in church. When I was thirteen, I did my first ever proper open mic.

“Then when I was about fifteen that’s when I realised, I could probably make a career out of this.”

Mackenzie shared her thoughts on exploring other musical genres, commenting: “Country music is definitely my genre; I don’t think I could go down any other pathway.”

She won the award for Novice Songwriter of the year in January 2024 at the Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) where she was given the opportunity to write another upcoming song in April.

“I’m going down to Hervey Bay in April to produce my second song so I’m really looking forward to that.”

“I’ll have to make an appearance up in Mackay sometime soon,” she says.

With a passion for singing mixed with her friendly charm, she will make a great artist throughout Central Queensland. Mackay looks forward to welcoming Mackenzie May in the near future.

Seventeen-year-old country singer-songwriter Mackenzie May. Photo supplied

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Event Guide

March 21, 2024

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Event Guide

March 15, 2024

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Event Guide

February 29, 2024

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Dancing With Heart

February 22, 2024

On Friday 15th March, well-known local identities will take to the stage to display their talents with the support of Choreographer Dolly Louw and back-up dancers from Fame Talent School. One participant will walk away with the coveted Mirror-Ball Trophy.

This night of entertainment is all for a great cause, raising money to support the Mackay Hospital Foundation.

Over the next four weeks we will profile two dancers each week. First up, Josh and Chloe.

Chloe Gunthorpe

Chloe Gunthorpe, a Director of Next Accounting, will be busting a move at the 2024 ‘Dancing with Heart’ Mackay Hospital Foundation.

With a client-focused approach, Chloe says she finds joy in helping businesses reach their goals whilst gaining trust, and often forming friendships with her clients along the way.

As Chloe dances her way through life, she finds confidence in expressing herself through movement. While exploring various dance styles, she embraces the opportunity to step out of her comfort zone.

“A lot of my dance moves require me to feel confident about myself – so it’s been nice to explore that,” she says.

Chloe admits that navigating lefts and rights on the dance floor can sometimes prove more challenging than crunching numbers in her profession.

“I’m good with numbers, but not directions apparently,” she laughed.

Beyond her professional endeavours, Chloe values the impactful work of the Mackay Hospital Foundation.

“The Mackay Hospital Foundation is so integral to our community and the health of our community.

“I am a huge believer in supporting the community and if I get to learn a few dance moves along the way and create some more connections and memories – than bonus!” 

Josh Smith

As a Senior Account Executive with Elders Insurance, Josh Smith leads a whirlwind of diversity and excitement in the world of insurance. He provides a perspective of his day-to-day life through a lens of enthusiasm and a vibrant touch to his professional journey.

“One day, we're soaking in the tranquil scenery of Collinsville, chatting with local farmers helping them with farm insurance and the next, we're diving into the bustling world of Moranbah, assisting contractors in the mining sector to navigate the labyrinth of insurance intricacies.

“It's a rollercoaster ride where predictability takes a backseat, and every day unveils a new adventure.”

 

When it comes to dance, Josh has embraced the challenge of keeping up with Miss Dolly from Fame Talent Dance School and acknowledged it as an inspiring fitness revolution.

Josh says he has channelled his inner Patrick Swayze and mastered the "Swayze Shuffle."

“It's a delicate blend of attempting to recreate Patrick Swayze's smooth moves from Dirty Dancing while realizing my coordination might need some serious movie magic.

“But hey, it's all in good fun, right?”

““I'm passionate about ensuring that the money raised goes where it's needed most, supporting our local hospitals and healthcare initiatives though the Mackay Hospital Foundation,” he says.

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Tutti Presents - Hot Note

February 22, 2024

Tutti is a vocal ensemble under the direction of Jan Whelan OAM. Jan is known around Mackay, not only for her work with the Mackay Choral Society and Mackay Musical Comedy Players, but also her accompanying work with soloists, school choirs and music ministries. Jan started the group in 2002 as a small ensemble and trios and quartets. Tutti members were very proud when in 2022 Jan was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Awards for Services to Music as an Accompanist.

Current vocalists of the group include well-known members of the community, performers, teachers and key members of other performing groups.  Their knowledge and expertise in different music styles combines to create a delectable program to share with local audiences.  Hot Note is filled with luscious harmonies and features guest artists Vicki Jones on vocals and Belinda Rooney on flute.  

CQCM student Cameron Hollis will entertain audience members in the foyer before the show with his beautiful guitar playing and the Con Friends Bar will be open to serve drinks and snacks.

Photo Credit: Supplied by Isobel Gillman, representative of vocal ensemble Tutti

Caption 1: Group members in headshots:

Top Row: Anne Atkinson, Vanessa Dale, Caroline Galea, Lynn Gallant

2nd Row: Isobel Gillman, Cecilia Hyde, Chantal Kay, Lauren Menzies

3rd Row: Louise Mullaney, Annie Pratt, Shona Rosser, Gwyneth Rupnik

4th Row: Caitlyn Schurmann, Nicole Thomson, Jan Whelan OAM

Caption 2: Vicki Jones (Black and White Image)

Caption 3: Belinda Rooney (Coloured Image)

What: Tutti presents Hot Note

When: Sat 09 March 7:30pm and Sun 10 March at 2:00pm

Where: CQCM Theatre Building 21 University Drive, 151 Boundary Rd, Ooralea

Cost: Adult $30, Concession $25, Child $20, plus family and group specials

Tickets: trybooking.com/CNYAC or call 0415167533

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February 22, 2024

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MECC ON THE MOVE WITH THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY BAND

February 22, 2024

The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) is moving offsite, with a performance from the Australian Army’s 1 RAR Band at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on Friday, 2 March, 2024.

The decision to host the performance from Townsville’s Band of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (known as 1 RAR Band) at the offsite venue was made following the closure of the MECC’s Auditorium, due to storm damage over the Christmas period.

Director Community and Client Services Janine McKay said the Defence unit’s strong sense of community was something the MECC could not pass up on.

“We have been collaborating with the band to bring music workshops to schools, and a preview performance at Caneland Central,” Ms McKay said.

“We’re fortunate to have skilled staff who are able to deliver offsite events; and hosting free, live music, with the talented 1RAR Band at Meadowlands Amphitheatre is something we’re proud to offer our community,” she said.

One RAR Band supports all three Brigade units, other Defence organisations, and the wider community. The band comprises a 10-piece ensemble (drums, trumpets, trombones and saxophones) alongside vocalists, playing contemporary music that blends modern beats with Australian classics. After success following their Sunset Vibes performance at the Winton Outback Festival in 2023, the band are excited to bring their music to Mackay.

The MECC are encouraging all ages to come along and enjoy this free, family-friendly night out.

“This will be a memorable night out. Bring some chairs or a blanket and pack a picnic. We will also have a variety of food trucks available for those looking for savoury or desserts options,” Ms McKay said.

FREE EVENT

WHAT: The MECC Presents Sunset Vibes with the 1 RAR Band

WHEN: Saturday 2 March, 6.30pm

WHERE: Meadowlands Amphitheatre, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Caption:  A show-stopping performance from the Australian Army’s 1 RAR Band. Photos supplied

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Get School Holidays Sorted With MECC’s September Weekender

February 22, 2024

Launched in 2020, the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre is eager to bring back the 2024 instalment of the September Weekender, the popular event that keeps the entire family entertained.

Scheduled for the September School Holidays, this weekend extravaganza features the best of the best, from adults only evenings, musical icons, and circus performance.

Now, what’s on the agenda?

Day one will see award-winning cabaret, Briefs Factory, alongside celebrated songbird, Sahara Beck, return to the stage, following their sold-out shows.

Day two includes Australia Idol judge and iconic musician Marcia Hines to perform her album, ‘Still Shining’, plus many more of her hits.

Day three is kid-centric, including the Brats Carnival, a wild circus with fantastic music, acts of amazement and eye-popping party tricks, as part of the DBCT Kids Theatre Season.

Venue and Events Operations Manager, Jemma Carey, said the weekend is a celebration of live events, programmed to provide the ultimate weekend of live entertainment.

“We have programmed on these dates to encourage visitation to our region, three events over three days during the school holidays will provide both locals and visitors the chance to experience some of Australia’s best entertainers live in Mackay,” Ms Carey said.

“The first September Weekender took place over three-years ago, and we still get requests to bring it back. We’re excited by this announcement and the MECC team is excited to bring this flamboyant event to Mackay in September” Ms Carey said.

September Weekender events are currently on with tickets available at www.themecc.com.au

SEPTEMBER WEEKENDER

Friday 20 September | Briefs Factory Bite Club

Saturday 21 September | Marcia Hines

Sunday 22 September | DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season Brats Carnival

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

SAVE THE DATE:

WHEN: September 20 – 22

WHERE: Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

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February 15, 2024

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Odd Couples – A Season of One Act Comedies presented by Kucom Theatre Review

February 9, 2024

“Odd Couples – A Season of One Act Comedies”

Presented By Kucom Theatre

Review by Vicky Bobeldyk

Last week, Vicky reviewed The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish by David Tristram. This week, we explore the remaining two plays in Kucom’s three-play comedy act, Odd Couples.

Call Centre Call by Bruce Olive

Directed by James Hunter

Frustration we can all relate to is the focus of the second play on the bill, in which Henry McThistle played by Michael Brennan experiences several automated voices when on phone calls. Set in the time of flip-phones and terrible dial-up, Henry just needs to ‘talk to a real human’ about his intermittent broadband. What he receives is a never-ending stream of selections he must make on his phone.

Brennan’s third play with Kucom sees him much more at ease on the stage, his delivery is more natural as he connects, as we all can, with Henry’s mounting frustration. Two newcomers play the Voices – Jaki Pianta and Rebecca Williams. Pianta has some complex repetition which can become monotonous, but she delivers them with superb comic timing. Williams’ role is a little more complex as her role has two different versions in another case of fantasy versus reality. Which version will Henry choose?

What’s For Pudding? By David Tristram

Directed by Bronwyn Grannall

When the question is asked ‘What’s for pudding?’ frustrated Mary played by Pia Larsen explodes on her dull, accountant husband, Jack (James Hunter) of how bored she is, how boring their lives are and that it in no way involves dessert of any kind, let alone pudding. They are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of couple Maureen (Tessa King) and her husband Ted (John Irvine) and later, the hopeless Dennis (Andrew Deguara) who just wants to order some pants from Mary’s catalogue.

Plying themselves with far too much whiskey, the cold reality of the state of both couples’ relationships and the reason behind Mary’s mood are revealed.

Larsen as ever, delivers a humorous, well-rounded, natural and relatable character as she holds the narrative together. Hunter relaxes along with his character to produce some beautiful and funny moments. Irvine and King, utilise their combined vast experience to create endearing characters but it is Deguara who once again steals the show with his superb comic timing. In a similar role to that he played in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’, Deguara maintains his focus then whips out his punchlines with joyous, thigh-slapping precision.

In all, wonderful, light-hearted evening (or matinee if that suits you better) of fun and laughter thanks to the folks at Kucom Theatre.

Remaining sessions at Kucom Theatre:

Thurs - Sat 8-10 Feb at 7:30pm

Duration: 2 hours plus 2 x 20 min intervals

Contains adult content

Bookings: https://events.humanitix.com/odd-couples-a-season-of-one-act-plays

James Hunter and Jack and Pia Larsen as Mary in ‘What’s for Pudding?’

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Connection Of Mackay With Soroptimists

February 9, 2024

The Soroptimists of Mackay are inviting the community to their ‘Celebrating the Connections of Community’ display, at the Jubilee Community Centre Foyer, open until the end of February.

The Soroptimists of Mackay is a group focusing on bettering women's rights, issues affecting women and girls, and creating equality for everyone, and the Mackay group concentrates on assisting vulnerable individuals in the community anyway they can.

The Mackay of the Soroptimists were established in 1976, and are an integral group to Mackay, supporting and raising funds for key Mackay organisations and services.

The group acts to advocate for women, one of their key services includes J’s Wardrobe, at the Mackay Base Hospital, which equips patients and individuals with clothing, providing them with dignity of wearing clean and supportable clothing.

Ways the community can help the Mackay Soroptimists:

   • J’s Wardrobe is always accepting casual clothing that does not have drawstring closures or belts. This is required so that the clothing can easily be put on by patients who have arrived at hospital in an emergency situation.

   • Clothing donated that is not appropriate for the hospital, the Soroptimists host pre-loved clothing stalls, which fund the purchase of new underwear.

   • Their Bags for Dignity Program consistently requires brand new personal toiletry items, including sanitary pads and tampons, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, soap and container, hairbrush, lip balm, face wipes, socks, water bottles, shopping bags, and backpacks.

   • Donation of pencils and pencil cases for their Smith Family Mackay.

   • Any other preloved or new materials that are not appropriate for other programmes are contributed for their Bags for Change Project, with St Vincent’s de Paul Support Service.

For those wishing to hear more about the Soroptimists of Mackay, or to donate, contact the Soroptimists on simackay@siswp.org or ring 0431 707 010.

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February 9, 2024

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Dance Express Unleash Your Child's Creativity and Confidence

February 9, 2024

Whether your child dreams of a professional dance career or simply wants to get active and make friends, Dance Express has the perfect class! Here your child can find a safe space where they are free to express themselves, build friendships and set the stage for a lifetime of creativity and confidence.

From our Award-Winning Ready Set Dance Program for Preschoolers, our V.I.Prep class exclusive to Preppies and our extensive School Aged Program, we can help meet your child’s unique needs, personality and ability. We offer a full range of classes including: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Singing and Cheer.

Through their Ready Set Dance Program, Dance Express has become the go-to studio for over 120 of Mackay’s Preschoolers.

“We are so proud of our Preschool Programs and love the Confidence, Coordination and Creativity it cultivates in our Preschoolers from Walking Age to 5yrs. As a Premium Partner studio, we offer the full range of classes including: Dance, Ballet, Acro & Move which is a class designed for Toddlers and their Parents!” Karen Bishop, Director of Dance Express explains.

“We understand the busy timetables that families juggle and want dance to be a stress-free activity! From one 45-minute class a week to elite training, we have a class and time to suit all families.

“2024 is certainly the perfect year to get into dance! We have huge plans for our 20th Concert and can’t wait to celebrate with you all,” Karen says.  

After 20 years in the biz, Dance Express continues to be a home away from home for so many dancers and is proud to be a safe and stable third place for the young people of Mackay.

Dance Express will be in full force at the upcoming Mackay Sports Expo, so come and say hello to our friendly DE Team and get your child moving in 2024!

Fun and smiles at Dance Express Mackay / Photo Credit: Dance Express (Facebook)

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Discover Your Passion Mackay's Biggest Sport Expo Awaits

February 9, 2024

Unlock a world of new passions and opportunities for both adults and children alike at Mackay's ultimate sport and recreation event—the JET Group Mackay Sport and Rec Expo!

With over 100 clubs gathered under one roof, this expo is your one-stop destination to explore a vast array of sports and activities.

Mayor Greg Williamson invites attendees to dive into the action-packed day, featuring interactive booths, active zone demonstrations, and thrilling competitions.

From parents seeking new sports for their kids to adults eager to discover their next adventure, there's something for everyone to explore and enjoy. Embark on a journey of discovery as you try your hand at Scouts' rope bridges, dragonboat paddling, woodchopping, and lawn bowls—all within the vibrant atmosphere of the MECC.

Plus, with a relaxed session at the start of the event, inclusivity is ensured for all attendees.

Thanks to the generous support of JET Group Mackay, attendees have the chance to win fantastic prizes, including $1000 for one lucky club and exciting giveaways for individuals.

Join us on Sunday, February 11th, from 9 am to 1 pm, and ignite your passion for sport and recreation. Don't miss this opportunity to explore new horizons and create unforgettable memories. Visit mackay.qld.gov.au/sportexpo for more information.

What: JET Group Mackay Sport and Rec Expo

When: Sunday, February 11, from 9am to 1pm

Where: The MECC

Tickets: Free entry

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The Transformative Power of Team Sports For Children

February 9, 2024

Participating in team sports is a cornerstone of a child's holistic development, offering a wealth of benefits that extend well beyond the boundaries of the playing field. As children eagerly put on their jerseys or lace up their cleats, they embark on a transformative journey that shapes their physical health, social skills, emotional resilience, and cognitive abilities.

Team sports contribute significantly to the physical wellbeing of children. Regular engagement in physical activities helps build strong bones and muscles, fosters cardiovascular health, and instills a sense of commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Beyond the immediate physical advantages, involvement in team sports cultivates discipline as children commit to regular exercise and training routines.

The social development derived from team sports is equally invaluable. Being part of a team teaches vital interpersonal skills, including communication, cooperation, and teamwork. Collaborative experiences encourage children to share responsibilities, strategise together, and celebrate victories as a cohesive unit. Through wins and losses, they develop resilience, humility, and a deep understanding of the importance of supporting teammates.

Emotionally, team sports provide a platform for children to navigate a range of feelings, from the elation of success to the disappointment of defeat. Learning to manage stress, cope with setbacks, and handle diverse emotions contributes to the development of robust self-esteem and confidence.

Cognitively, participating in team sports enhances decision-making and critical thinking skills. Understanding game strategies, anticipating opponents' moves, and making split-second decisions on the field all contribute to cognitive development. Moreover, team sports often involve learning and adhering to rules, promoting a sense of order that can positively impact a child's academic performance.

The communal spirit forged through team sports extends beyond the game, fostering lasting friendships and a sense of belonging. Shared experiences, challenges, and triumphs build a strong sense of community among teammates. This communal aspect teaches children to respect diversity, appreciate differences, and work collectively towards shared goals.

Team sports play a pivotal role in shaping a child's character and fostering holistic growth. Through the joyous chaos of the playing field, children absorb life lessons that contribute to their becoming well-rounded individuals. Whether scoring a goal, making a crucial play, or cheering on a teammate, the transformative power of team sports for children is undeniable, leaving an enduring impact on their journey toward adulthood.

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February 1, 2024

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Odd Couples – A Season of One Act Comedies presented by Kucom Theatre Review by Vicky Bobeldyk

February 1, 2024

“Odd Couples – A Season Of One Act Comedies”

Presented By Kucom Theatre

Review by Vicky Bobeldyk

Kucom have been very busy in recent months. The installation of brand-new tiered seating has turned their once-bare, black-box performance space into a THEATRE! With 100 bright red, fresh smelling, comfortable seats, all raked to perfection there is not a bad seat in the house!

Each performance features three plays that, as the name suggests, all explore the relationship dynamics of several sets of couples who at first appear quite normal but turn out to be rather odd. But what is ‘normal’ in a modern relationship? Let us dive in and see…

The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish by David Tristram

Directed by Hayley Long

‘For Henry Smith life was rarely dull. For Alice Smith life was rarely anything else.’

In true Tristram hilarity, this brilliant little comedy features a couple married for many years; daydreamer Henry played expertly by Geoff Stuart-McLean and perfectionist housewife, Alice played by the consummate professional – Bronwyn Grannall, who nag, fight, annoy and tease one another inescapably. Whist at first, the couple seem locked in their every-day squabbles, simple but effective lighting changes clue us into their very complex and highly entertaining fantasy worlds.

In Henry’s daydreams, he is strong, athletic, an actor/comedian, a Casanova and President of the USA. For Alice, in her exotic fantasies, she is relentlessly pursued by lovers in naughty but clever scenarios. The only one on stage privy to both reality and fantasy is their goldfish – Orca. Does he have the strength to bring the two together? Stuart-McLean and Grannall are two of the most experienced actors in the region. They float through tricky dialogue with ease, bounce off each other and clearly have a wonderful rapport. It is a delight to see these two heavyweights in action. This play is a must-see for all aspiring actors for the lesson in ‘how it’s done’ alone.

Geoff Stewart-McLean as Henry and Bronwyn Grannall as Alice

What happens in the next two plays?

You’ll have to pick up next week’s newspaper for the final two reviews. Or, better yet, book tickets to Kucom’s performance and see the action for yourself this weekend!

Season at Kucom Theatre over two weekends:

Thurs - Sat 1-3 Feb at 7:30pm

Sun 4 Feb at 2pm (Matinee)

Thurs - Sat 8-10 Feb at 7:30pm.

Duration: 2 hours plus 2 x 20 min intervals

Contains adult content.

Bookings: https://events.humanitix.com/odd-couples-a-season-of-one-act-plays

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AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS GALA CANCELLED

January 24, 2024

Mackay Regional Council has made the difficult decision to cancel tomorrow night’s Australia Day Awards Gala.

The decision was made to ensure the safety of attendees due to possible hazardous weather conditions associated with the crossing of a forecasted tropical cyclone.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the decision was a difficult one that council was taking with an abundance of caution.

“The fact that we have a cyclone forecast to cross the coast late at night about the time this event is set to conclude is something we can’t ignore,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We don’t want 400-plus people on the road coming from all parts of our region if there is severe weather,’’ he said.

“We are currently looking at options around an appropriate way to celebrate the winners and nominees at a later date.”

The winners of the Mackay Regional Council Australia Day Awards, including the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, will be announced on Australia Day (January 26).

The MECC team will be contacting ticket holders today to notify them of the cancellation and provide refunds where applicable.

The Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in the MECC on Australia Day morning will also be postponed to a later date.

For updates on the 12 council-supported Australia Day Community Events, including postponements and cancellations, residents are advised to head to council’s website or the Facebook pages of the organisers.

The Bureau of Meteorology has a current warning zone for gale force winds with damaging wind gusts to 120 km/h for the Mackay region (within 24 hours) and a storm tide is expected between Townsville and Mackay.

People between Ayr to Sarina, including Mackay, Bowen and the Whitsunday Islands, should take precautions and stay current with the latest advice.

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Kucom Theatre's Odd Couples: Quirky, Weird, And Hilariously Kinky

January 24, 2024

Next Thursday (1 February) sees the opening of Kucom Theatre’s first offering for 2024, a season of one-act plays collectively titled Odd Couples – for a very good reason.

Odd Couples is a trio of one-act plays that take a grown-up look at relationships between men and women - some quirky, some weird or even downright kinky, but all in a richly comic vein:

The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish, by David Tristram

For Henry Smith life was rarely dull. For Alice Smith life was rarely anything else. Enter Michel - French waiter - tall, dark, and available. Exactly what happened next, no-one's quite sure...

Call Centre Call, by Bruce Olive

Henry is just an ordinary man, living on his own and trying unsuccessfully to connect with the world in which he finds himself. After many frustrating and hilarious interactions with automated voice response systems, he is desperate to talk to a real person.

What's For Pudding? by David Tristram

Mary and Jack's dull Saturday evening is interrupted by the arrival of Maureen, Ted and Dennis. The occasion rapidly dissolves into a drunken gathering as Ted's intellect is likened to that of a paper clip, his wife Maureen reveals a liking for Jack, and Jack rapidly cultivates a taste for pouring whisky over his head.

Special Sunday Matinee

On Sunday 4 February Kucom will be staging a special matinee performance of Odd Couples, starting at 2pm.

Relax and enjoy a pleasant Sunday afternoon of live comedy, in an air-conditioned theatre with comfortable seats. Kucom's licensed bar serves soft drinks as well as alcoholic beverages. Our comfortable new seating system even has grab rails in the aisles to enable the less mobile among us to manage the stairs!

Please note that bookings are essential: https://bit.ly/3QTZJ2a.

Men Needed For Upcoming Production!

Auditions were held last Sunday for Kucom’s April production Bob’s Your Auntie. In true community theatre tradition, men were scarce, and director Maureen Coleman is still on the lookout for another one or two males to complete the cast. Some of the male roles are not very big and would be perfect for anyone wanting to try their hand at acting for the first time.

More information is available from Kucom Theatre: admin@ucom.org.au or phone 0439 684 548.

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Live Gigs For Aussie Day

January 24, 2024

Australia Day at the Palace Hotel & MC’s place

12pm

Crickey! chuck on your best Aussie attire and sharpen your singing skills as you belt out all your favorite Aussie classics. Pluggers and boardshorts are encouraged! From 8pm score a $100 bar voucher just by showing off your best rendition of an Aussie classic. The audience will determine the winner! Will the winner be you?

The Palace Hotel & MC’s Place 82 Victoria St

Australia Day Family Beach Party

12pm

Live music by Significant Other, glitter tattoos, inflatable slides, bubbles and a special Aussie menu… what more could you want for a typical Aussie day! Join the locals at Seabreeze Hotel for a fun packed celebration down under!

Seabreeze Hotel, Slade Point

General Gordon Aussie Party

12pm

All day BBQ, live music and a title of Tug-o-War champion is up for grabs in a battle against Tradies vs Cane farmers! Got good throwing skills? Wonder who can toss the thong the furthest? Only the General Gordon Hotel will know! Join in on the fantastic family day to celebrate the land of the mighty kangaroo!

General Gordon Hotel, Homebush

Elementary Australian Party

5pm

Dust off your tent and throw it in the back of the car! We’re going on a little road trip to Kinchant Dam! Camping from just $12.50 per person/per night, Vans $30 (unpowered). Stay the night at the beautiful, scenic Kinchant Dam and enjoy bangin’ Aussie tunes all night, hosted by the Elementary – Mackay!

Kinchant Dam – Kinchant Waters

Karaoke Celebrations at the Burb

6:30pm

Do you have the voice of an angel? It doesn’t even matter if you don’t! Show off your karaoke skills at the Karaoke Under the Stars Event! You’re in for a joyous family night! Featuring great meals, a supervised kid’s room and an available courtesy bus. Kids are also allowed to join in on the fun!

South Suburban Bowls Club

Karaoke – All weekend!

8pm

Did someone say Karaoke? All weekend? To celebrate Australia day? You guessed it, an all-weekender karaoke event held at McGuires Hotel. Sing along to all the Aussie classics for Australia day! FREE entry! Don’t miss out on a cracking good weekend!

McGuires Hotel, 17 Wood St Mackay

Family Fun Packed Australia Day

11am

Australia day celebrations are nearing with a fun packed day for you and the family! Music, food and activities involved including a jumping castle, waterslide as well as face painting! FREE snags, thong throwing comp and lamington eating comp! Meat tray raffles happening on the day to raise funds for the Cyclone Jasper Far North QLD & SEQ Storm Relief Fund.

Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club

Please note, details were correct at time of printing, please check with organising venues before attending if inclement weather could affect these events.

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January 24, 2024

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January 18, 2024

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - CREEDENCE CLEARWATER COLLECTIVE

January 18, 2024

Carter Entertainment invites you to a night of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty at the MECC this February.

Celebrating the music of one of the world’s most iconic bands– from the songs they wrote, to the songs covered, to the songs they wrote for others. From their album debut in 1968 to their last album in 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival was a juggernaut of phenomenal proportions. No other band has created such an impact in such a short time.

There's something about Creedence Clearwater’s music that just makes you want to put your arms in the air and sing along. With their rootsy sound and incredible lyrics, CCR has produced some of the most unforgettable songs of all time. Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Fortunate Son and Bad Moon Rising are only a few of their iconic hits.

The Creedence Clearwater Collective brings to the stage a band that captures the unique CCR sound. You do not want to hear through the grapevine that you missed out on this fun, hit-packed live concert.

Join Creedence Clearwater Collective at The MECC on 17 February, a real-life travelling band.

Please note: This is a tribute show.

What: Creedence Clearwater Collective

When: Saturday 17 February 2024, 7.30pm

Where: MECC Auditorium

Tickets: www.themecc.com.au

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Kucom theatre is kicking off the new year in style

January 4, 2024

January is shaping up to be a super busy month for Kucom.

AUDITIONS

On Sunday 14 January there will be auditions for the April production, a comedy by Thomas Amo titled Bob’s Your Auntie. Director Maureen Coleman is looking for a cast of nine actors to entertain audiences in this deliciously politically incorrect farce.

Audition packs are available online at https://bit.ly/471B68P.

Season dates will be 11, 12 ,13, 14, 18, 19, 20 April.

ONE-ACT PLAYS

Auditions were held in November for Odd Couples, a season of one-act plays opening on 1 February, and cast members are returning to rehearsals after their Christmas break for an intensive four weeks of preparation.

The season comprises three plays:

The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish, by David Tristram (dir. Hayley Long), featuring Geoff Stewart-McLean and Bronwyn Grannall

Call Centre Call, by Bruce Olive (dir. James Hunter), featuring Michael Brennan, Jaki Pianta and Rebecca Williamson

What’s for Pudding? by David Tristram (dir. Bronwyn Grannall), featuring Pia Larsen, James Hunter, Tessa King, John Irvine and Andrew Deguara

Book online at https://bit.ly/3QTZJ2a and be among the first to enjoy the comfort of Kucom’s new retractable raked seating.

Season dates: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 February.

For updates on these and other forthcoming Kucom events, please visit the Kucom website, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter:

Phone 0439 684 548

Email admin@kucom.org.au

Website www.kucom.org.au

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kucomtheatre/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/kucom.theatre/?hl=en

Twitter https://twitter.com/kucomtheatre

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'Tis the Season for Christmas Snaps

December 21, 2023

1 Thomsett family. Photo: Photos by Nell

2 McCallum family, taken at the RSPCA Santa paws fund raising event. Photo: Coffee and Hops

3 Rootes family. Photo: Mad for Media

4 Parter family. Photo: Whitsunday Shopping Centre

5 Sullivan family. Photo: Photos by Nell

6 Smith family. Photo: Mad for Media

7 Fields Family with mum dressed as the Grinch. Photo: Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre

8 Walton family. Photo: Bee Me Photography

9 Batley family. Photo: Mad for Media

10 Vickery family. Photo: Mad for Media

11 Wright family. Photo: Caneland Central

12 Dougan family. The Grove, Los Angeles

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Last-minute Ideas To Stuff Those Stockings

December 21, 2023

Rubble & Crew toys bring the new series to life

Still scratching your head for those last-minute Christmas gifts?

Don't panic! We’ve found some of the season's hottest toys that'll save your holiday shopping in the nick of time!

After nearly 10 years of success, top-rated preschool hit series PAW Patrol has just launched a spin-off series titled Rubble & Crew, streaming on Paramount+.

As a proud member of the PAW Patrol, Rubble has stolen the hearts of preschoolers around the world with his loyal, optimistic nature and penchant for treats. The new series expands Rubble's world with storytelling that digs into amazing construction projects and the importance of family, combined with high-stakes action, fun adventures and messy demolition that preschoolers will love.

Set in the community of Builder Cove, a neighbouring town to PAW Patrol 's Adventure Bay, Rubble & Crew centres on Rubble, the funny and optimistic leader of the construction crew.

In the small, quickly growing town, lots of things are still needed for the community to come together, including a bigger airport, train station, bridges, tunnels, schools, fire stations, parks and more. Rubble and his construction pup family - his pup cousins Mix, Wheeler and Charger - must work together to tackle and build all the projects the town needs.

The new series follows Rubble & Crew as they go on high-stakes adventures.  To coincide with the new series and bring the excitement of the PAW Patrol world to life, PAW Patrol has released four new Rubble & Crew toys with life-like construction toys and pup figures; Wheeler’s Dump Truck, Charger’s Crane Grabber Truck, Mix’s Cement Mixer Truck and Rubble’s Bulldozer.

Kids can join Rubble & Crew on their big adventures, recreating their favourite building projects from the show, with their own true-to-life construction vehicles that feature real working wheels, and true to life construction features like movable scoops, rotating mixing drums and extendable crane arms – all the things that kids love.

Sure to be a pre-school favourite, Rubble & Crew’s all new construction vehicles encourage kids to develop construction adventures and ideas of their own, and let children engage in a story that’s grounded in family and community values.

Rubble & Crew Construction Vehicles are $24.99 each and available exclusively at Kmart.

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December 21, 2023

INTO THE NEW YEAR THANKS TO SPECIAL BLUE DUO

The Bluewater Quay is set to get even bluer thanks to a pair of special visitors this New Year’s Eve.

Smurfette and Papa Smurf will be taking the stage at the Mackay Regional Council New Years Eve River Party.

Families can expect to sing and dance along to a rock’n’roll party from the duo – as long as Papa Smurf can overcome his stage fright.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the Smurfs would be just two of the performers at the expanded River Party.

“This year’s event will be spread across both the Bluewater Quay and River Wharves,” Mayor Williamson said.

“There will be live music and entertainment at both locations – Smurfs, Jonte and Matt Tandy at Bluewater Quay and Kate Lockyer at River Wharves,” he said.

“As always, entry to this family friendly event is free and there will be something for everyone – markets, food vendors, facepainting, amusement rides, fireworks and families can even meet and grab a photo with the Smurfs.”

Festival and Events Coordinator Sarah Porter said the amazing team at Muscle Garden had supported the two fireworks displays this year as naming rights sponsor.

“The Muscle Garden Fireworks will be at 9pm and midnight and will be a great spectacle to welcome in 2024,” Ms Porter said.

“We hope everyone has a fantastic night enjoying some great local music and family entertainment,” she said.

Ms Porter said there would be some very talented local musicians on stage.

“Jonte is known for his unique covers from a range of eras, and his growing collection of really catchy, thoughtful originals.

“Matt Tandy is a blues and roots musician whose songs tell stories and really draw you in with foot-stomping goodness and a dash of humour.

“And Kate Lockyer has an amazing chilled, acoustic vibe that is perfect for kicking back to while you enjoy the selections from the food vendors.

“There will be a lot of fun on offer, so hopefully the only ones feeling blue seeing in 2024 will be the Smurfs.”

Schedule of entertainment

Bluewater Quay:

● 6pm – Mayor’s welcome

● 6.05pm - Welcome to Country

● 6.15pm – Kids’ Smurf Show #1

● 6.45pm – Jonte

● 7.15pm – Meet & Greet

● 7.45pm – Matt Tandy

● 8.40pm – Kids’ Smurf Show #2

● 9pm – Muscle Garden Fireworks

● Midnight – Muscle Garden Fireworks

River Wharves:

● 6pm to 9pm – Kids’ face painting

● 6.30pm to 9pm – Kate Lockyer

● ZIFFY'S Ice Cream Truck

Local singers, Jonte and Matt Tandy, will be performing at the Bluewater Quay on New Years Eve, with the Smurfs set to delight children with a special show

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Event Guide

December 21, 2023

Friday 22 December

Friday 5K Run

5:30pm

Join Emmie-Lee Fitness, Rise & Mind Mackay and Mackay Surf Lifesaving Clubbies on a social fun run, jog or walk along the Breakwater and Marina paths.

Meeting beach side of the Surf Club ready to go every Friday arvo @5:30pm.

Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club

The EMO Night Before Xmas

9pm – 3am

Emo / Pop-Punk and Metal playing all night.

Arcadia Bar

Saturday 23 December

Habana Carols Under the Stars

7pm

One of the best outdoor carols in all of Mackay. Bring your chair, blanket, snacks, mozzie repellent, singing voices and friends to have some fun and get into the festive mood.

Santa is sure to make an appearance.

This is a FREE FAMILY EVENT (wheelchair accessible) organised by the Habana & Districts Progress Association. Supported by Mackay Regional Council’s Christmas Grants. Please note, this is a 100% free night, there are no food or market stall vendors onsite.

1091 Mackay Habana Road

Live Music

6pm-10pm

Enjoy live music by local artists in the Garden Bar!

Tonight’s artist is VIVA.

Harrup Park

Xmas Dance Fit Class

Every Saturday from 10am

Inviting everyone as Mad Fitness Mackay hosts a special Christmas DanceFit class which will also be our last class for the year! 8am start!

Wear something Christmas-y and Sheena says she promises there won’t be any Mariah Carey Christmas songs.

For info call Erin at +61 419 357 120

Slade Point Community Hall, Wren St

Disc Golf Xmas Social Round

8:30am

Fun Social Day - 18 Holes

9 Basket Holes

9 Target Holes

2x Lucky Door Prizes will be drawn on the day.

New players welcome - Discs available for hire on the day.

John Breen Park

CHRISTMAS EVE Sunday 24 December

Sarina’s Emergency Services Lolly Drop

5:30pm

We are kicking off the parade at 5.30pm on Christmas Eve!

Listen out for the sirens and music!

As much as we would love to go down every single street, it is not possible for us with all the vehicles. Please visit Sarina Fire Station on Facebook for the route maps.

Sarina

Christmas Eve Family Fun Day

12pm

Come on down to The Seabreeze for the ultimate Christmas Eve Party. Live music by The Feels.

Seabreeze Hotel

CHRISTMAS DAY Monday 25 December

The Last Quarter

Annual No One Eats Alone Christmas Lunch

11am – 1pm

Christmas Day join us for a free lunch with all the trimmings ham, prawns, rolls, salad and dessert and some of your favourite Indian delicacies will be on the menu. We will have a small gift for all who attend!

This year we encourage anyone who would like to donate to either purchase a gift voucher from Cole’s or Woolies so we can make sure those who are struggling can have more than just one meal during the holiday season.

Roshni Indian Restaurant

Thursday 28 December

Free Pop Up Barre Class

9:30am and 4:30pm

Ashley is almost finished her Barre Teacher Training!

As Ash has not quite completed her training she is offering some free classes.

Dec 28 - 9:30-10:10am

Dec 28 - 4:30-5:10pm

Space is limited please do book online through the app.

Tranquil Yoga Mackay, Boddington Street

CASA Christmas Cheer BBQ

10am-12pm

Come down for a snag and a yarn

CASA, 54 Gregory Street

Friday 29 December

Birdlife Monthly Survey

6am-8am

Join Birdlife Mackay with their monthly bird count in the Botanic Gardens. If you are a keen bird watcher or just love birds and keen to find out more, we would love your help!

Meet at the Viewing Deck next to the Café, off Lagoon Street. Bring a hat, water bottle, camera and binoculars (if you have them).

Bird counts are held on the last Friday of each month.

For more information head to: https://birdlife.org.au/groups/birdlife-mackay/

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Saturday 30 December

Live Music

6pm-10pm

Enjoy live music by local artists in the Garden Bar!

Tonight’s artist is Significant Other.

Harrup Park

NEW YEAR’S EVE Sunday 31 December

NYE at Harrup Park

6pm

Come and celebrate the New Year with us at Harrup Park in the Garden Bar!

Our theme this year is Glitz and Glam!

FREE EVENT! Enjoy live music by Mango Junction from 8pm-12am.  Capture memorable moments with our photobooth and enjoy food from our in-house smoker. A Guaranteed $3,000 in cash to be given away.

Harrup Park

NYE River Party

6pm – 9pm

Say goodbye to 2023 and kick off the new year with a bang on Sunday, 31 December!

The ever-popular NYE River Party brought to you by the Mackay Regional Council is back from 6pm - 9pm.

There will be non-stop entertainment for the whole family featuring amusement rides, face painting, food vendors, local musicians, as well as two exciting kids performances from special guests!

The NYE River Party will be topped off with the 9pm Muscle Garden fireworks display! Don't forget to head back to Bluewater Quay and River Wharves for the midnight fireworks as we celebrate the start of 2024!

Bluewater Quay and River Wharves

NYE Beach Party

8pm – 5am

Enter the new year with a bang at McGuires Hotel as we host the biggest outdoor NYE party in town.

We're hosting a 'Beach Party' with first 200 people getting lei'd on arrival + a $300 Twerk Comp so bring your cheering squad.

Entry $20 before 10pm

McGuires Hotel

NYE River Party

Habana Carols Under the Stars

Pop Up Barre Class

Birdlife Monthly Survey

Dance Fit Class

Sarina Emergency Services Lolly Drop

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KEEP THE KIDS ENTERTAINED THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

December 14, 2023

Ensure the kids are kept entertained these school holidays, with a host of fun and exciting activities across the region.

> ARTSPACE MACKAY

Artspace Mackay will be closed Monday, December 4, to early May, 2024 for critical facility maintenance works. Dudley Denny City Library will host Artspace Mackay pop-up during this time. Due to the closure, no school holiday activities will be held.

> LIBRARIES

LIBRARY KIDS CLUB (FIVE TO 12 YEARS)

Until Wednesday, January 31

Sign up for Library Kids Club and keep the kids' reading and entertained over the summer school holidays. The club is suitable for children aged five to 12 years. The club features a reading challenge with prizes up for grabs and events and activities to fill your social calendars.

Register for Library Kids Club and join in the free fun at your local library: http://www.mackay.qld.gov.au/librarykidsclub

Bookings are required for all Library Kids Club activities via Eventbrite.

LIBRARY KIDS CLUB - MOVIE MATINEE

Friday, December 15, 2pm to 4pm, Gordon White Library

Thursday, January 11, 2pm to 4pm, Gordon White Library

Join us for an afternoon movie and popcorn. This event is for children aged five to 12 years old. Want to know what we are watching? Follow us on Facebook to find out. The movie will be announced prior to screening. Bookings required.

LIBRARY KIDS CLUB - CHRISTMAS PUPPETS AND PYJAMAS

Thursday, December 21, 5pm to 6pm

Gordon White Library

Join Ros from Wild Puppets for an evening of family fun. Suitable for children aged two to ten years of age and their families. Limited spots available. Bookings required.

DROP-IN DAYS

Until  December 22, 8.30am to 5pm

Mirani, Sarina and Walkerston libraries

Imagine, connect, construct, create, build and design. Children aged five to 12 years are invited to drop in during library open hours to explore and discover our educational construction resources. Follow on Facebook events. No bookings required, drop-in activities.

More school holiday activities to come for January!

Watch this space…

> MACKAY CITY AND WATERFRONT

ACTIVE SQUIRTZ MACKAY

Wednesday, December 20, at 9am

Wednesday, January 10, at 9am

Wednesday, January 17, at 9am

River Wharves, River Street

Join in Active Squirtz’s awesome adventures for two- to five-year-olds. The 40-minute sessions are free to attend. Register via their Facebook events.

> MACKAY REGIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS

TIBBLES HUNT

Until December 20, 9am to 4pm

Tropical Shade Garden

Tibbles the friendly garden gnome is adventuring through the Tropical Shade Garden during the holidays. Pick up an activity sheet from the Visitor Information Centre and find all the hidden gnomes to discover the secret festive message. A free activity suitable for kids aged five to 12 years.

Additional self-guided activity resources can be found here: mackayregionalbotanicgardens.com.au

BOARD GAMES AT THE BOTANIC GARDENS

Wednesday, December 20, 11am to noon – Bookings required

Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

Bring the whole family or a couple of friends and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere as you challenge each other to win. Try a classic like Scrabble, Cluedo and Checkers or take the challenge with Stardew Valley, Sushi Go and Bananagrams to name just a few. FREE family friendly activity.

CHRISTMAS CARD CREATIONS WORKSHOP

Tuesday, December 19, 10am to 11am

Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

FREE drop-in activity, suitable for all ages. Create a festive card using found materials and a splash of Christmas colour.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS KIDS’ WORKSHOP

Wednesday, December 20, 10am to noon

Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

FREE drop-in activity, suitable for ages five to 12 years. Create a Christmas decoration inspired by the botanic gardens. All materials provided.

FAMILY PICNIC PHOTO COMPETITION

Open all school holidays. Drawn January 19.

What is your favourite family picnic spot in the gardens? Send a photo of your family enjoying a picnic in the gardens to botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au for a chance to win a picnic basket set!

BOCCE WITH A BUDDY

Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, except during Christmas closure period

Malta Garden Bocce Court

Cost: $5 to hire a bocce set

Enjoy a game of bocce with a friend on our sand bocce court. Bocce sets are available to hire from Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre or bring your own to play. Please note bocce hire not available from Thursday, December 21, 2023 to Sunday, January 14, 2024.

> MECC

DBCT KIDS’ THEATRE SEASON – THE BEANIES

Saturday, January 20, 10am and 12.30pm

MECC North Foyer

Join us for this delightful picnic-style performance on comfortable pillows and mats in the North Foyer. The Beanies are sincerely silly. In fact, they’re full-time silliness professionals! But beneath the comedy lies a heartfelt mission to be every child’s BFF and champion their right to be gloriously and unapologetically themselves. Find out more and book!

> SARINA SUGAR SHED

SPECIAL KIDS TOUR OF THE SARINA SUGAR SHED

10.30am every day of the school holidays, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Field of Dreams Parklands, Railway Square, Sarina

Cost: Adult entry at the children’s price of $14,

Bookings are essential: www.sarinasugarshed.com.au

This fun, interactive session focuses on the kids, with the added bonus of adults being welcome at kids' prices! During the 45-minute tour, the kids will discover the growing and harvesting of the sugar cane and complete a hunt for the critters that live in our sugar cane patch. They’ll enter our miniature sugar mill to see how sugar cane is crushed, and sample deliciously sweet sugar cane juice straight from our miniature mill, 'Bill the Mill Junior’.

Special stickers help the kids to understand how the machines work to transform sugar cane juice into sugar – they can touch and feel the different stages of the production from the bagasse to the sugar, to tasting the molasses! They’ll also receive a free information sheet at the end, which is great for school projects, and the quick, fun quiz will help to keep the young ones engaged. They are guaranteed to learn something!

> SARINA YOUTH CENTRE

All events run 10am to 2pm

The Sarina Youth Centre will host a range of school holiday drop-in activities for young people aged 10 to 21 years. There are limited spots, so please register to attend by calling 4961 9278 or email sarinayouthcentre@mackay.qld.gov.au

Monday, December 18: Gingerbread making

Tuesday, December 19: First Aid Course (free)

Wednesday, December 20: Christmas community party, Rugby League grounds 11am to 3pm

Thursday, December 21: Christmas lunch

Friday, December 22: CLOSED

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Event Guide

December 14, 2023

Friday 15 December

Mackay Show Association Christmas Mega Markets

Friday Evening 5pm – 8pm

Market & food stalls, special appearance by Santa, ham raffles. |

$2 per person

Mackay Showgrounds

Friday Night Live Music

Every Friday from 5pm

Join us on Friday’s from 5pm for live music from our local favourites, good food and great company. | Free entry.

Boomerang Hotel

Christmas Holiday Kids Crafts

Friday 15 December | 10am – 2pm

Join Santa’s Elves and make your very own Christmas holiday craft at Caneland

Central. No bookings required. | Free entry.

Santa’s workshop (outside Target) | Caneland Central

Saturday 16 December

Mackay Showground Markets

Every Saturday from 6am – 10am

Local Produce, Natural products, Seafood, Plants and much more.

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

2023 Christmas Markets

This Saturday from 8am – 4pm

Mackay Basketball will be hosting its first-ever Christmas markets this December!

Free entry.

McDonalds Mackay Stadium

Falun Gong Classes

Every Saturday from 10am

Falun Gong offers you relaxation, meditation, inner peace and health through movement.

You’re invited to come along and experience a session in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens.

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

Enjoy good tunes and great vibes every Saturday from 2pm. | Free entry.

The Kooyong Hotel

Sunday 17 December

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

Monday 18 December

Trivia Night

From 6:30pm – 9pm - Every Monday

Souths Monday Night Trivia just got a whole lot more serious!

Do you have what it takes to take home the jackpot?

Round up your friends and get your geek on!

Sports Bar, Souths Leagues Club

Mackay Get It Together – Better Together Housing

10 am – 11.30 am

Better Together Housing is for women over 55 who are considering their housing options for now or in the future and would like to explore more about shared housing.

Greater Whitsunday Communities | 63 Sydney Street, Mackay

Yoga For Youth

From 4.45 pm – Every Monday

Yoga Class exclusively for teens. This class is suitable for beginners through to advanced yoga students and is safe and supportive space for teens to explore the many benefits of yoga, to connect with other teens and more importantly, yourself. BYO yoga mat and water bottle.

Mackay Northern Beaches SHS | $10 Per Student

Trivia Night

From 7pm – 9pm - Every Monday

There’s no excuse not to stretch the grey matter as it’s free to play so come along with your mates or we can put you in a team, each team can have 2-7 players.

Registrations from 6.30pm, starts 7pm.

Book your table to avoid disappointment, call (07) 4965 6100.

Centro Restaurant, Magpies Sporting Club

Trivia Night

From 7pm – 9pm - Every Monday

Don’t miss this December’s Christmas Comedy Gala, featuring Queensland’s top comedians for an 18+ night of laughter.  Join with your colleagues, friends, or anyone for a grown-up twist on the 12 Days of Christmas.

Headliner Shayne Hunter, known for his smart and hilarious comedy, leads the lineup. Host Anna Brennan and her Drag King alter ego, Bruce Hwy, bring raw and anecdotal storytelling to the stage. Kody Maverick and Max Leishman add fresh, friendly humour to the mix. Expect an unforgettable night of laughter. | Tickets available at tickets.avclive.com.au

The Metropolitan Hotel

Tuesday 19 December

Christmas Card Creation Drop-In Session

10 am - 11 am

Join us to create Christmas cards inspired by nature! This is a free drop in, family

Friendly activity, held in the Botanic Gardens Meeting Room. Suitable for kids of all ages. | Free entry

Mackay Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

Wednesday 20 December

Teen Shed Mackay Teen Circle

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

Teen Circle is a place for all teens in the community to come together. It's a safe space for them to connect, heal and learn from each other. 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, 6:30 am to 10:30 am

Shop fresh, shop local. The Farmers’ market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce. Enjoy a morning beside the Pioneer River and buy direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

Sugar City Rock and Roll Mackay Club Wednesday Night Lessons

Every Wednesday, 7:00 pm

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. $8 for members and $10 for non-members after that. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Christmas Decoration Creation Drop-In Session

10 am – 12 noon

Create a Christmas decoration or two inspired by nature. All materials provided. Free family-friendly activity. | Free entry.

Mackay Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

Thursday 21 December

Mackay Riverside Market

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

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

Bluewater Quay

Rusty Kettle Crew Christmas Raffles

6.00 pm

1/2 ham, $100 seafood voucher, loaded meat trays by Goodes Butchers Sarina.

Koumala Hotel

Mackay Christmas Mega Markets

Mackay Showground Market

Christmas Card Creation Drop-In Session

Christmas Holiday Kids Crafts

Christmas Decoration Creation Drop-In Session

Mackay Farmers’ Market

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It’s Me, Hi, I’m The Problem It’s Me…

December 14, 2023

I’ve had that song stuck in my head for a while now!

But really, Hi, it’s me, your old friend!

I’ve been living under a motherhood rock for the past 12 months, but I’ll be back on air on Star 101.9 bright and early in January.

I actually cannot believe we are already talking about January 2024!

Time is flying by.

I feel there is something about saying ‘time is flying by’ that means you’re getting older.

I would have heard my parents and grandparents say ‘time flies’ so many times over the years, yet it’s only in the last few years (clearly a sign I’m getting old) that I’ve truly understood how accurate that saying is, and how precious every day is.

I hope you were able to be present this year, enjoy the little moments, and spend as much time as possible doing things that make you smile.

But if not, I’m sorry, and good news, is there’s a new year right around the corner, so chuck 2023 in the bin and 2024 provides a clean slate to start fresh.  

Next year brings a fresh new sound to the ‘who’ you wake up with every morning, and no I’m not talking about your partner sorry! I mean when you flick on your radio there will be a new show to wake up to! I am looking forward to welcoming my new co-host to town, and you can be sure we have got so much planned to give back to anyone that listens.

My top two favourite parts of the job is to have a chat with everyone every morning and to give away as many prizes and cash as the big boss lets me!

In the meantime, from my family to yours, Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!

Rach

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The Divine Light Shines Bright At Christmas

December 14, 2023

The image of the man, woman and baby in the darkened stable has a powerful hold on people’s imaginations.

Why?

Maybe because so many can identify with someone huddled in darkness, turned away from the inn, apart from family. How many feel displaced, not ‘at home’ in their surroundings? How many suffer the darkness of loneliness, betrayal and rejection? How many dwell in the shadow of illness and grief? How many live, as first-time parents, with self-doubt and anxiety about the future for the family? The material world isn’t always hospitable.

But look closer at the baby: a universal symbol of hope and love.

But there’s more: a light radiating from the baby, and the light casts out darkness which has no power against the light. The light is the sign of God in a human life, re-creating lives. The light radiates not just from human love, but is divine: the eternal power of life, love and grace that seeks to fill wherever there is darkness. This light is not of this world, but it transforms this world.

At Christmas, those who have found the glory of this joy gather to give thanks for, and share, this most wonderful inner peace.  

Come and join us and, wherever you are, may you know God’s blessings of joy.

Ven. Dr Rosemary Dunn

Archdeacon of Mission and Ministry and Archdeacon of Mackay

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A Musical Celebration Of The Festive Season

December 14, 2023

No matter who you are, or where you’re from, you’ve probably heard “Jingle Bells” at least once. Some people love to blast carols in the car as early as November, and others can be less enthusiastic. No matter which side of the fence you sit on, Christmas carols are an iconic celebration of the season that fit perfectly alongside the tree that finds itself a staple in the homes of so many.

Christmas carols have deep roots in cultural and religious traditions. The first carol believed to have been written is nearly 1500 years old. While the nature of the music may have changed, for many the importance of the message remains the same.

One of the most prominent carols that can be heard throughout the festive season is “Silent Night”. The history behind this iconic tune is fascinating, although there are several different opinions on how the carol originated.

The song was originally composed in the early 1800s by Austrian composer Franz Xaver Gruber and the famed lyrics were written by Father Joseph Mohr, a young catholic priest. Silent Night, or as it was then known, “Stille Nacht”, was first performed in a small Austrian parish in Oberndorf on Christmas Eve in 1818. On this fateful night, the young priest brought his writings to Gruber and pleaded with him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for them. This was to be done with haste, as river flooding had damaged the church organ, and an alternative was needed for that evening's mass.

The mass went off without a hitch and a new carol was born. From there the acclaimed tune travelled across the globe and was declared an “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO in 2011.

The tradition of singing Christmas carols is a multi-faceted celebration of joy, tradition, community, and creativity. These timeless melodies connect us to the past, illuminate the religious significance of the holiday, and foster a sense of togetherness that defines the Christmas spirit.

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A Christmas Message Of Great Joy

December 14, 2023

Christmas is a time to stop work, rest awhile, and turn to God. The good news of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, is a message of great joy for everyone: for you and for me.

This Christmas, find your local church, attend a Christmas service, hear the good news, give your heart to Jesus, and donate to a Christmas appeal.

The Journey to Bethlehem movie is showing in cinemas now. The miracle of the survival of Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, shows us God’s determination to be with us in life’s struggles. The birth of Jesus Christ is an encouragement to worship the God who ‘became flesh and dwelt among us’ (John 1:14) and to extend a helping hand to the vulnerable people of the world.

People are dying in many war-torn parts of the world. At Christmas time in 1949, the Rev. Frank Byatt, a Methodist Minister, encouraged those gathered around his meal table to give the cost of a Christmas dinner to help those recovering from the Second World War. Each year, through the National Council of Churches, for almost 75 years since then, Christian people raise more than $1.8 million for overseas aid and development. You can give at your local church or online https://christmasbowl.actforpeace.org.au/donate.

Rev. Dr Julia Pitman

St Paul’s Uniting Church

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A TASTE OF IRELAND

December 6, 2023

Hot off its sold out 2023 UK Tour, ‘A Taste of Ireland―The Irish Music & Dance Sensation’ returns with a performance that is ‘Celtic―for this decade’. Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands, as A Taste of Ireland returns to Mackay for the first time in 3 years.

Having performed over 300 shows since 2019, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ has merged cultural traditions, modern flair, and craic galore to deliver a performance that has brought the house down night after night. This season, join an acclaimed cast of champion Irish dancers, dazzling musicians, and a contemporary vocalist, as they blend Irish charm with mind-blowing talents to present an unforgettable night of entertainment.

Featuring revamped classics like ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Tell Me Ma’, the show’s energetic blend of melodic folk music mash-ups, live jaw-dropping acapella tap battles, and heart-warming emotion, transports you through the story of Ireland’s tumultuous history - complemented by stunning production and lighting.

Starring dancers from Lord of the Dance alongside a treasure trove of Irish Dancing Champions, ’A Taste of Ireland’ merges international Irish dance stars with the very best talent in the nation to deliver intricate choreography that is 100% live.

With over one hundred and fifty 5-star Facebook reviews, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ is exactly what it promises: a taste of everything you love about Ireland with a generous helping of more!

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the world’s most prominent Irish dance shows before it takes off around the globe once again! ‘A Taste of Ireland’ returns in 2024, and it’s truly ‘Celtic―for this decade’.

What: A Taste of Ireland

When: 22 June, 2024. 7:30pm

Where: MECC

Tickets: themecc.com.au

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Event Guide

December 6, 2023

Friday 8 December

Churches Together Christmas Lunch

From 12pm to 2pm

All are invited to attend, with Mayor Greg Williamson featuring the launch of the Christmas Bowl Appeal of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Discussion on the issues the churches are facing especially at Christmas, and the launch of an appeal for a NAYBA social and economic impact survey and report. | $28 per person, kids under 12 eat free!

Bookings essential by 12pm, 1st December at www.trybooking.com/CNDFF

St Paul’s Uniting Church, Macalister Street

Summer Sounds Vol. 1

From 7pm

Get ready to kick off your summer with a bang at the most exciting music event of the season, “Summer Sounds”! A stellar lineup including Systemic Machine, Inside Lane, Viper Syndicate and Giant Palms are ready to drop an incredible night of music to create a night to remember. | Get your tickets at trybooking.com

Arcadia Bar

Friday Night Live Music

Every Friday from 5pm

Join us on Friday’s from 5pm for live music from our local favourites, good food and great company. | Free entry.

Boomerang Hotel

DJ Tikelz

From 9pm

Reggae | R&B | Old School | Dancehall | Island Jamz

If that’s your vibe then this night with special guest DJ TIKELZ is for you! | Ticket available at the door.

The Rabbit Hole

Saturday 9 December

Mackay Showground Markets

Every Saturday from 6am – 10am

Local Produce, Natural products, Seafood, Plants and much more.

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

Special Olympics Mackay Fire Multi Sport Event

Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am

Special Olympics Mackay Fire invites Special Olympics athletes and those athletes with an intellectual disability to have a go at 3on3 basketball, table tennis, bocce and ten pin bowling.

Lock it in your calendar! | Tickets available online.

187 Borgs Rd, Alligator Creek

Falun Gong Classes

Every Saturday from 10am

Falun Gong offers you relaxation, meditation, inner peace and health through movement.

You’re invited to come along and experience a session in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens.

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

Enjoy good tunes and great vibes every Saturday from 2pm. | Free entry.

The Kooyong Hotel

Sunday 10 December

Troppo Markets

7.30am to 11.30am

Monthly Event, held on the second Sunday of each month

Mackay’s Troppo Treasure Markets will keep you coming back with a never-ending variety of items for sale and plenty of entertainment and amusements too.

It’s more than just shopping… it turns your Sunday into a fun day.

Come and be a part of this major community event!

Mount Pleasant

The Memorial Swimming Centre Is Turning 60!

Sunday from 11am to 4pm

Jumping castle, merry-go-round and rock climbing wall, as well as a vintage car display, rock and roll dancers and live entertainment from The Two Māori’s. | Free entry.

Milton St, Mackay

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

Monday 11 December

Trivia Night

From 6:30pm – 9pm - Every Monday

Souths Monday Night Trivia just got a whole lot more serious!

Do you have what it takes to take home the jackpot?

Round up your friends and get your geek on!

Sports Bar, Souths Leagues Club

Trivia Night

From 7pm – 9pm - Every Monday

There’s no excuse not to stretch the grey matter as it’s free to play so come along with your mates or we can put you in a team, each team can have 2-7 players.

Registrations from 6.30pm, starts 7pm.

Book your table to avoid disappointment, call (07) 4965 6100.

Centro Restaurant, Magpies Sporting Club

Tuesday 12 December

Trivia Night

From 7pm – 9pm - Every Monday

Don’t miss this December’s Christmas Comedy Gala, featuring Queensland’s top comedians for an 18+ night of laughter.  Join with your colleagues, friends, or anyone for a grown-up twist on the 12 Days of Christmas.

Headliner Shayne Hunter, known for his smart and hilarious comedy, leads the lineup. Host Anna Brennan and her Drag King alter ego, Bruce Hwy, bring raw and anecdotal storytelling to the stage. Kody Maverick and Max Leishman add fresh, friendly humour to the mix. Expect an unforgettable night of laughter. | Tickets available at tickets.avclive.com.au

The Metropolitan Hotel

Wednesday 13 December

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 and learn from each other. 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

Shop fresh, shop local. The Farmers’ market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce. Enjoy a morning beside the Pioneer River and buy 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. $8 for members and $10 for non-members after that. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Thursday 14 December

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 dessert.

Bluewater Quay

Summer Sounds @ Arcadia Bar

DJ Tikelz @ The Rabbit Hole

Special Olympics Multisport Event

Troppo Markets

Mackay Farmers Market

The Memorial Swimming Centre

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Christmas Luncheon For BlueCare Seniors

December 6, 2023

The Mackay Bowling Club was the hub for a festive luncheon on 30th November, with 26 residents and carers from BlueCare Mackay Homefield Aged Care Facility attending the club to enjoy a Christmas lunch.

The annual event usually takes place at a local hotel, but this year, no bus was available for transport.

Organisers Mike Irving, John Jorgensen and Brad Robertson banded together to offer the group a suitable place to enjoy their festivities, which is right next door to their living quarters!

A delicious meal and a joyous occasion for all involved. This is the first year this option has been available, and the organisers hope to be able to continue it for Christmas in 2024.

Organisers John Jorgensen (left) and Brad Robertson

Twenty-six residents and carers enjoyed a delicious Christmas meal

Photo credit: Sinead Porter

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Gallery Maintenance Spurs Artspace Mackay's Move To Library

December 6, 2023

The team from Artspace Mackay will call the Dudley Denny City Library home over the holiday season, as the gallery undergoes critical facility maintenance works.

The team of curators will set up in the quiet space of the library, allowing them to deliver some fascinating public programs and work on the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection.

Artspace Mackay closed on Monday, December 4, and is anticipated to re-open early May 2024.

This closure will extend to both the gallery and Foodspace Café, with Foodspace relocating to the MECC during the closure period to offer takeaway service only.

Mayor Greg Williamson said Artspace Mackay was a AAA-rated, international standard gallery space that had just celebrated its 20th birthday.

“We need to ensure our regional gallery can maintain that rating and international standard, so we can continue to attract and secure high-profile exhibitions,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Building improvement works will focus on ensuring the internal cooling systems are renewed and in peak condition,” he said.

Artspace Mackay director Tracey Heathwood said during the closure the team were taking the opportunity to deliver their regular programming out in the community.

“We are investigating some alternative venues across the region, especially in rural localities,” Ms Heathwood said.

“The BMA Kidspace, Conversations with Art, Kids Art Club, Art and Memory and Artists’ Book of the Month programs will continue to run and we will update the details and locations of these on our website and social media as soon as possible.”

For more information on the upgrades, public programs or to view the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection online, head to artspacemackay.com.au

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SHOP LOCAL

December 6, 2023

Mackay’s City Centre Offers A Treasure Trove Of Christmas Treats

Mackay Farmers Market

A weekly operator at Mackay Farmer’s Market is Venton’s Tropical Blooms, who offer a comprehensive range of heliconias, gingers and tropical foliage to beautify your home or gift on special occasions. Venton’s have an array of banana varieties, including Cavendish, Ducasse and Dwarf Ducasse.

Paw paws, papayas, passionfruit, black sapotes, carambolas, star apples, mangoes, lychees, limes and lemons are also seasonally available, as well as tropical plums, persimmons and a wide variety of avocado trees.

Mackay Music

Mackay Music have a range of hot deals this Christmas for all music enthusiasts, including the ever popular Fender Pack. This deal features the Squier Sonic Stratocaster, Squier Frontman 10 watt amp, along with accessories like a padded gig bag, 3 metre cable, strap, and picks priced at $529.

You can also find a range of beautiful music-inspired jewellery and accessories, a perfect gift or stocking stuffer leading into the festive season!

The Rug Gallery

The Rug Gallery proudly stocks a wide selection of rugs, cushions and hides made from top quality leather, supplied by NSW Leather Co. All materials are hypoallergenic, making this the best option for cowhide rugs in Australia.

The Rug Gallery source a range of luxurious cowhide, Mongolian sheepskin, goatskin and reindeer skin rugs in a variety of patterns and colour palettes that are sure to make a bold statement in your home.

Let The Children Play Toyshop

Let the Children Play Toyshop don’t only cater to the kids. The storefront stocks a dedicated array of adult board games featuring categories of strategy, logic, spelling, trivia, party and card games.

Explore vintage classics such as Axis and Allies, Sequence and Triominos, as well as modern fan-favourites including Dorfromantik, Azul and Memory Maze.

The storefront also offers deluxe wooden chess sets, bingo roller cages, poker cards and shufflers. Explore The Games Collection catalogue in-store for hot deals in the countdown to Christmas!

Venton’s Tropical Blooms stall at the Mackay Farmers Market

The Fender Pack deal is one you don’t want to miss at Mackay Music

Explore the beauty of hide rugs with The Rug Gallery

Find an extensive collection for adults and children at Let the Children Play Toyshop

Photo credit: Sinead Porter

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NQBP Celebrates Year Of Achievements

December 6, 2023

Last week, approximately 100 stakeholders from the port industry and local community gathered at the Mackay Surf Club to celebrate their collective achievements at the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) End of Year Stakeholder Event.

This year amongst the achievements was a bumper trade year at the Port of Mackay thanks to strong sugar, grain and fuel trade, strong environmental results and $120,000 donated across NQBP’s port communities.

Thank you to all stakeholders for their support and the commitment of NQBP’s people, port partners, customers, and port communities.

As a Queensland Government-owned port authority, NQBP is responsible for the ports of Mackay, Abbot Point, Hay Point, and Weipa in far north Queensland.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) CEO Brendan Webb, Mackay Isaac Tourism’s Andrea Davis, Wisely Group’s Chris Bugeja

NQBP Board Chair Jane McTaggart, NQBP Board Director Jorgen Gullestrup and NQBP Board Director Lynn Smart

AECOM’s Bart Wassink and NQBP Board Director Paul Heagney

NQBP Board Director Monica McKendry and Mackay Regional Council Cr Fran Mann

Auriga Group’s Keith Thompson and NQBP’s Darren Brownsey

NQBP’s Kevin Kane and Mackay and Whitsunday Life’s Zach Thomas and Jessica Clark

Mackay Regional Council Deputy Mayor Cr Karen May, Greater Whitsunday Alliance’s Kylie Porter and Greater Whitsunday Communities Antoinette du Toit

Vassallo Constructions’ Jared Vassallo and Marcus Fossey with NQBP’s Kingo Gan and Hossein Saadai

NQBP CEO Brendan Webb welcomes guests

Yuwi representative Uncle Philip Kemp provided a Welcome to Country

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Celebrating International Day Of People With Disability

December 6, 2023

The Jubilee Community Centre is buzzing with excitement as it hosts a series of vibrant celebrations to mark the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) this week and the next. Under the theme "Working Together for a Fairer World," this year's IDPwD aims to create a more inclusive society for individuals with disabilities.

Organised by the Bee Creativezzz team and backed by council support, a spectrum of engaging workshops and activities are captivating participants at the Jubilee Community Centre. Councillors Bonaventura, Jones and Green joined in on the fun of a drumming workshop.

The festivities don't end here! Next week, a delightful array of bee-themed craft activities is set to enchant visitors of all ages. Everyone is invited to partake in these imaginative sessions, embracing the spirit of creativity and inclusivity.

For those eager to be a part of these upcoming events or seeking more information, feel free to reach out to Fiona Vuibeqa at fiona.vuibeqa@mackay.qld.gov.au. Be part of this heartwarming celebration and contribute to fostering a more diverse and inclusive world for everyone.

Songs, poem readings, drum workshops and arts and crafts have been part of the fun so far celebrating International Day of People with Disability

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Unlocking Andergrove's Paths

December 6, 2023

Beam E-Scooters Expand Boundary

Beam e-scooter riders can now spread their wings and ride further into Andergrove and Beaconsfield as part of an extension of the boundary area.

Initially, 50 of the purple e-scooters were available for hire only within the Beaconsfield and Andergrove area, aiding transport within the two suburbs for work, errands and leisure.

But, due to high demand, the area has now been connected to Beam’s existing operational area within the Mackay City Centre.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the expansion was a fantastic opportunity for northside residents.

“Riders in those two suburbs have certainly embraced it, with more than 5000 kilometres ridden on the 50 e-scooters since they were introduced there back in August,” Mayor Williamson said.

“And the statistics are showing us that e-scooter usage in Beaconsfield and Andergrove is highest from 3pm to 5pm throughout the week, and from 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays,” he said.

“Council’s partnership with Beam to introduce the e-scooters has certainly been a huge success and we look forward to continuing to work with them to advantage our residents.”

Beam’s Mackay Operations Manager, Cameron Milicevic, said with safety front of mind, Beam was pleased to launch a Summer Smart campaign in time for the holiday season.

“This safety campaign aims to support safe riding and is running digitally and in-app,” Mr Milicevic said.

“Trips over the summer holiday months can increase by about 20 to 30 per cent, with our Summer Smart campaign designed to remind riders of the smart way to ride and to ensure the riding rules remain front of mind,” he said.

“The vast majority of riders are doing the right thing, and we're pleased to see riders engaging with our Beam Safe Academy and following the rules.

“However, our three-strikes policy is in place and riders face suspension and permanent bans for bad riding and parking offences.

“We want riders to know that riding and parking safely is their responsibility, and that our team are out there enforcing the rules.”

The campaign focuses on the key riding rules:

● It’s illegal to drink and ride.

● A helmet is included with every Beam ride and must be worn on every trip.

● Put your phone away while riding – just like when driving a car, it’s illegal to use your phone whilst riding an e-scooter.

● No tandem riding – stick to one person on an e-scooter.

● Park responsibly, with your e-scooter parked kerbside.

E-scooter use continues to grow in popularity in Mackay, with over 500,000 kilometres ridden across the city to date, and the average rider riding for just over 11 minutes.

2023’s top e-scooter destinations include Bluewater Quay, Mackay Harbour and the City Centre.

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Event Guide

November 30, 2023

Friday 1 December

Friday Night Live Music

Every Friday from 5pm

Join us on Friday’s from 5pm for live music from our local favourites, good food and great company. | Free entry.

Boomerang Hotel

Morning Melodies – Christmas with Karen Knowles

From 11am

Well known for her Carols and Christmas repertoire, Karen performs regularly with her musical director accompanying her on piano.

Join Karen for a wonderful selection of her hits, standards and your favourite Christmas songs as her music moves you into the true Spirit of Christmas. | Tickets available at themecc.com.au

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (MECC)

City Heart Christmas

From 4pm to 8pm

The City Heart will come alive with Christmas celebrations!

Fifth Lane will brighten the city with markets, live music, face painting, roving performers, scavenger hunt, kids activities and more.

Enjoy late night shopping and Santa will be in town. Great fun for all the family. | Free entry.

Fifth Lane

Kickstart Your Christmas

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7pm to 11pm

Join in for a weekend full of festive fun with three fantastic events!

FRIDAY

Christmas Karaoke Competition with Hyphen Entertainment!

Win complimentary tickets to 3 ticketed events at Seabreeze – just enter the Karaoke competition for a chance to win this grand prize! Register from 6:30pm for a 7pm kick-off. Come to impress as the winner will be chosen by the crowd response! Plus extra giveaways.

SATURDAY

Naughty or Nice Night dress-up party with The Feels!

$100 cash prize to be won for the best-dressed competition. Come along in your best Naughty or Nice themed attire!

Live music will be playing from 7pm to 11pm.

SUNDAY

Unwind from an incredible weekend with the Silly Season Sunday Session!

Presenting some of Mackay’s best solo singers & songwriters, the line-up will be performing a mix of original and covers.

Live music from 12pm to 6pm.

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 2 December

Mackay Showground Markets

Every Saturday from 6am – 10am

Local Produce, Natural products, Seafood, Plants and much more.

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

Falun Gong Classes

Every Saturday from 10am

Falun Gong offers you relaxation, meditation, inner peace and health through movement.

You’re invited to come along and experience a session in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens.

Leisa Payne School of Dance Presents ‘Take A Bow’

From 2pm

The incredible LP dancers are proud to present a celebration of 2023 and are excited to showcase their outstanding success in all genres of dance.

Be captivated by the array of talent from 2yrs to Pre Professional in this nonstop dance extravaganza. | Tickets available at themecc.com.au

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (MECC)

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

Enjoy good tunes and great vibes every Saturday from 2pm. | Free entry.

The Kooyong Hotel

Carols in the Gardens

From 4:30pm

Carols in the Gardens is back for 2023 thanks to Glencore and Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

An afternoon jam packed with free family fun activities with Carols kicking off at 6pm!

Come down at 4.30pm to secure your spots & for the kids to enjoy the free rides.

There is also plenty of food vendors to grab a bite to eat! | Free entry.

Meadowlands Amphitheatre - Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Bandeoke – A Live Karaoke Experience

From 9pm

Ever Wanted to be the Star of your own show?

Bandeoke – Rockstar Experience offers karaoke entertainment in front of a full rock band.

And for one night we are bringing you the full experience with a live band.

Free Cowboy hat from our sponsors for the first 120 people in the door. | Tickets available at eventbrite.com.au

Arcadia Bar

Sunday 3 December

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

Monday 4 December

Christmas Hoy and Mini Cent Sale | QCWA Calen

From 9:30am

Morning tea, games, mini cent sale, prize for the best Christmas decoration.

$7 entry – For more information, call Kerry on 0427 083 164

120 McIntyre Street, Calen

Santa Visits Harrup Park

From 5pm – 7pm – 4th, 11th and 18th December

Prepare for Christmas! Join in for a festive treat – a complimentary family photo session with Santa Claus.

Santa will be waiting in the Lancaster Rooms. We can’t wait to see you there! | Free family photos available

Harrup Park

Centre Stage Dancy Company Presents ‘That’s Entertainment 2023’

From 6pm Monday and Tuesday

Centre Stage Dance Company presents "That's Entertainment 2023" featuring dancers from 2 - 18 years.

The first half is a celebration of 20 years of Centre Stage with lots of walks down memory lane and a huge variety of music and costumes.

The second half features a smorgasbord of dance routines in jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, cabaret and showgirl.

This show is for all ages and is only group routines, no solos. | Tickets available at themecc.com.au

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (MECC)

Trivia Night

From 6:30pm – 9pm - Every Monday

Souths Monday Night Trivia just got a whole lot more serious!

Do you have what it takes to take home the jackpot?

Round up your friends and get your geek on!

Sports Bar, Souths Leagues Club

Trivia Night

From 7pm – 9pm - Every Monday

There’s no excuse not to stretch the grey matter as it’s free to play so come along with your mates or we can put you in a team, each team can have 2-7 players.

Registrations from 6.30pm, starts 7pm.

Book your table to avoid disappointment, call (07) 4965 6100.

Centro Restaurant, Magpies Sporting Club

Tuesday 5 December

Trivia Night

From 7pm – 9pm - Every Monday

Don’t miss this December’s Christmas Comedy Gala, featuring Queensland’s top comedians for an 18+ night of laughter.  Join with your colleagues, friends, or anyone for a grown-up twist on the 12 Days of Christmas.

Headliner Shayne Hunter, known for his smart and hilarious comedy, leads the lineup. Host Anna Brennan and her Drag King alter ego, Bruce Hwy, bring raw and anecdotal storytelling to the stage. Kody Maverick and Max Leishman add fresh, friendly humour to the mix. Expect an unforgettable night of laughter. | Tickets available at tickets.avclive.com.au

The Metropolitan Hotel

Wednesday 6 December

Mackay Farmers’ Market

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

Shop fresh, shop local. The Farmers’ market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce. Enjoy a morning beside the Pioneer River and buy direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

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 and learn from each other. 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

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. $8 for members and $10 for non-members after that. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Thursday 7 December

The Wiggles WIGGLY BIG DAY OUT! Tour

3 Performances - 10am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

A spectacular live show for the whole family!

The world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles! Are bringing their ARIA award winning live show back for their annual arena tour as they embark on their biggest & brightest show yet!

Get ready for a carnival of fun in a day filled with music, dancing and laughter in this extraordinary live show, guaranteed to bring joy to audiences across the country, leaving the whole family with smiles from ear-to-ear! | Tickets available at themecc.com.au

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (MECC)

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 dessert.

Bluewater Quay

Christmas with Karen Knowles

Kickstart Your Christmas

City Heart Christmas

Christmas Hoy & Mini Cent Sale

Carols in the Gardens

Santa Visits Harrup Park

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Sarina’s Christmas Festival Extravaganza

November 30, 2023

Kicking off on 2nd December, the Bob Wood Cultural Hall Park is set to host a community Christmas fair celebration in the leadup to the festive season, alongside a music festival and a special, artist-created light show.

The Christmas fair will take place in the park outside the Bob Wood Cultural Hall from 2pm to 5pm, with eventgoers set to be delighted with jumping castles, face painting, balloon twisting, disco and kids karaoke, as well as a visit from Santa. These activities will be coupled by Christmas gift markets featuring local wares.

Deputy Mayor Karen May stated that the fair would have a huge range of family activities.

“Everything is free, and we even have prizes for the best Christmas dress ups, so make sure you wear your colourful festive outfits,” she said.

Following the Christmas celebration, the Festival of Small Halls will kick off in the Bob Wood Cultural Hall from 5.30pm.

Taking the stage until 8pm are internationally-acclaimed Scottish trio Assynt, as well as Queensland’s Jackie Marshall and local singer/songwriter Jezzie.

Cr May said it was great to have the Scottish trio in Sarina. “The audience can expect a rousing performance with award-winning musicians bringing highland music to life in a contemporary way,” she said.

The Sarina Lions club will be running a non-profit bar and catering at the event, including tea/coffee, soft drinks, water and beer.

Sarina Neighbourhood Centre has engaged artists Donna Maree Robinson and Lalune Croker to deliver a magical Christmas light show on display from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, using the big tree on the corner of Anzac and Broad Streets as a canvas.

Bob Wood Cultural Hall has accessible entry with a ramp access and bathrooms. Tickets are available at Sarina Neighbourhood Centre and are only $10 for adults. Children under 18, pensioners and concession card holders are free.

The creative talents of Donna Maree Robinson and Lalune Croker will deliver a magical Christmas light show

Photo supplied

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Morning Melodies Returns In Time For Christmas

November 30, 2023

The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) is excited to host the first Morning Melodies performance in six months, featuring Christmas with Karen Knowles starting at 11am this morning, Friday 1st December.

Morning Melodies is known locally as an affordable day of entertainment, with tickets including a small morning tea and the opportunity to share in over twenty lucky door prize giveaways.

Proudly sponsored by The Friends of the MECC, their President Kerry Bonaventura said the final Morning Melodies performance for the year would be one to remember.

“We have some market stalls for everyone to do a little bit of Christmas shopping, and the Friends of the MECC have organised Lion’s Christmas Cakes for everyone to enjoy with their cuppa” she said.

Attendees will be treated to entertainment by Young Talent Time’s, Karen Knowles, who will be performing a range of Christmas carols alongside a wonderful selection of hit music.

Commencing her performance career on Young Talent Time, Karen Knowles’ career spans over 40 years. In 1980 she became the first Australian schoolgirl to receive a gold record with her single ‘Why Won’t You Explain’.

Guests who are interested in completing their Christmas shopping while at the event will be glad to hear Let the Children Play Toyshop and Whitsunday Biscuit Factory will be in the market stall line-up.

With tickets starting at just $15 each, the Friends of the MECC’s Morning Melodies is an affordable festive celebration for Mackay locals.

Tickets are selling fast! Find yours at themecc.com.au

Teagan Smith and Kelsey Hughes gear up for Morning Melodies

Photo supplied

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Summer Night For The Soul

November 30, 2023

Festival of Small Halls

The folk event of summer is arriving in to town, checking into Sarina for one night of mammoth music, that will leave the soul replenished and recharged.

The Summer rendition of the Festival of Small Halls is back and featuring headlining acts Assynt and Jackie Marshall, with the evening expected to be music for the soul.

Jackie Marshall is a folk singer-songwriter, with her inspirations stemming from 60s and 70s and western folk and country, jazz, and improvisation. Full of energy and warmth, the audience will be swept away with her fantastic stage presence and gentle atmosphere.

“It's a huge pleasure to be heading out on the road for Small Halls,” said Jackie. “I love being in motion, soaking up the colours of this beautiful country, meeting new people with fascinating stories, and experiencing the joy of performing to intimate audiences in venues rich with the feeling of personal connection. I feel incredibly fortunate to be involved.”

Assynt are Scotland’s own award-winning instrumental folk band, passionately known for their tight-knit fiddle and pipe playing combination.

Itching to present their tunes to audiences across Australia, Assynt noted "We have been looking forward to touring Australia as part of the Small Halls tour for over four years now! A little later than planned due to the pandemic, we are excited to showcase our Scottish music for the Australian audiences and experience the culture in Queensland and Victoria!"

The Festival is proudly supporting the Sarina Lions, who will host a selection of meals, with tea and coffee, softs and light beer for attendees.

WHAT: Festival of Small Halls

WHERE: Bob Wood Cultural Hall

WHEN: Saturday December 2, from 5pm

TICKETS: festivalofsmallhalls.com starting from $10

Festival of Small Halls is the event of the summer. Image supplied

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A Sunday Tradition Blending Community And Quality Products

November 30, 2023

The Seaforth Markets are a community-based event that occur every Sunday from 8am to 12:30pm, supplying organic and gourmet produce, fresh fruit and vegetables and an array of quality products from local artisans.

The Markets are run by the Seaforth Progress Association, with funds also recycling back into the community, by allowing stalls from organisations such as RACQ CQ Rescue, Country Women’s Association, local schools and sporting clubs to participate.

The Seaforth Progress Association have been in operation since 1956. President of the Seaforth Market Association Lyn Prince wakes up at 5am to prepare the markets every Sunday for business as usual, with a growing list of stalls operating each week.

Lyn stated, “On the actual day before the markets, I will go over and sit underneath the trees, making sure I've got some spaces because each market we're getting at least another ten stores.”

The market hosts a book stall for locals and tourists to enjoy updated reading materials, as well as a line of food trucks overlooking the esplanade to cater the event.

On 10th December, Christmas will come alive at the Seaforth Markets! A visit from Santa’s elves, a Ham Wheel and raffles will be on the agenda, with stallholders and storefronts dressed in their finest festive attire.

Travellers come from all over, including locals from Yeppoon, Townsville and Bowen to be a part of the Seaforth Markets, to experience a flourishing community event with a tight-knit camaraderie.

Lyn is passionate about the familial atmosphere that has been created for marketgoers and stallholders alike, as well as the growth of Seaforth itself, without seeing it become urbanised.

She stated, “There's nowhere I've travelled, where you can do what we can do here.

“I just love the fact that we've grown and that people, especially [during] Covid, found something that they were passionate about and continued on with it.

“We have a place where they can come and feel comfortable and sell what they make, and that is a therapy, you can't buy that.”

Interested volunteers, businesses and organisations who would like to be involved with the Seaforth Markets can contact Seaforth Progress Assoc. on Facebook, or call Lyn Prince directly on 0437 533 007 for more information.

WHAT: Seaforth Christmas Markets

WHERE: Seaforth Esplanade

WHEN: Sunday, 10 December

Inspire your green thumb every Sunday

Enjoy a selection of local spreads and baked goods

Organisations such as State Emergency Services (SES) often join the Seaforth Markets

Photos supplied

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