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The 2024 Mackay Expo Calls You To Adventure

The 2024 Mackay Expo Calls You To Adventure

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, inc

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24 May Event Guide

24 May Event Guide

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

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

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

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

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The Peasant Prince Set To Grace The MECC

The Peasant Prince Set To Grace The MECC

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, pres

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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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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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March 21, 2024

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Event Guide

March 15, 2024

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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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January 4, 2024

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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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LA LA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA

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

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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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Let The Music Play This Christmas!

November 23, 2023

With A Perfect Present From Mackay Music

Whether you're embarking on a musical journey as a novice, searching for your dream instrument as a seasoned professional, or in need of comprehensive event gear, Mackay Music stands as the reliable choice committed to meeting all your musical needs.

With a legacy of twenty-four years in the business, Owner Kelly Cacciola and her team have made Mackay Music a go-to destination for musicians of all ages and skill levels.

The team at Mackay Music boasts a range of expertise, catering to everyone from little kids eager to play the ukulele to school students mastering brass and woodwind instruments, and teenagers ready to rock out with their first electric guitars.

Christmas is a bustling time for the store that offers an extensive range of items from guitars, amps, violins, keyboards, and pianos to harmonicas and percussion instruments, including electronic drum kits.

Kelly stated, “Everyone has different needs and that’s what we’re here for, for them to come in and find what’s best for them.

“They might like the look of something, but it might not really be what’s best for the style of music they’re playing.” You can’t get the ‘hands on’ experience from looking online, you need to come in to feel and play the instrument.

As the holiday season approaches, Mackay Music is offering enticing deals that are sure to strike a chord with music enthusiasts. One popular offer is the Fender Pack, featuring 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.

The Tanglewood Reunion electric/acoustic guitar is available at a discounted price of $349, a significant $150 in savings.

The mahogany Tanglewood Auld Trinity is another attractive option, now retailing at $399 down from $599. Additionally, the Tanglewood concert-size mahogany ukulele is on sale at $129, marked down from $179.

Mackay Music also offers low-cost shipping, ensuring that customers can access a wide range of instruments and equipment regardless of location. The convenience extends to both online and in-store support, as well as services like guitar and violin restringing and repairs.

To explore Mackay Music's full catalogue, visit their website at www.mackaymusic.com.au or drop by their store at 28 Sydney Street.

The infamous wall of electric and acoustic guitars at Mackay Music

Pianos, brass and woodwind instruments galore

Bongo drums are a quirky gift idea this Christmas

Photo credit: Sinead Porter

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Your Midweek Freshness Fix

November 23, 2023

Get Your Tastebuds Tingling At Mackay Farmers Market

Every Wednesday morning from 6:30am to 10:30am, Mackay comes alive with the Mackay Farmers' Market Inc. at the picturesque Bluewater Quay.

Two years ago, stall holders started the incorporation to continue offering Mackay locals a chance to experience the midweek market. This is your go-to destination for all things fresh and locally sourced, with an abundant array of quality produce and products.

Start your morning right, with a cup of coffee in hand and a choice of delicious foods including dumplings, pies and sausage rolls.

You can explore stalls boasting a wide variety of goods, from fresh milk to artisan sourdough bread, eggs, pure honey, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, tea and rich coffee blends, a selection of premium meats, pet treats, smoked smallgoods, olive oils, vibrant tropical flowers and plants and eco-friendly beeswax wraps– the Mackay Farmers Market has got it all!

What makes the Mackay Farmers' Market special is their commitment to sustainable living and supporting local growers. By choosing to shop local, you're not only getting the freshest produce but also contributing to the growth of the Mackay community.

Available products are advertised on social media leading up to the event, with produce sourced within a two-hundred kilometre radius of Mackay. Offerings straight from the grower assists in cutting out the big corporations.  

Marketing Manager Loren Vanzella is passionate about her community and local produce, stating: “We are very grateful to our loyal customers for their ongoing support.

“The response to our challenges has been overwhelmingly positive and it’s wonderful to know that what we do makes a difference to so many.”

Some of the stalls welcomed by the market include but are not limited to the Mount Jukes Family Farm, Shore Fresh Seafoods, Venton’s Tropical Blooms, Zelenka Farms and many more.

Don't forget to bring your reusable bags – the market strives for an eco-conscious shopping experience.

Join the flourishing community every Wednesday at the Mackay Farmers Market, to indulge in the joy of shopping fresh, local, and midweek with quality and variety nestled against a beautiful backdrop at Bluewater Quay.

Visit Mackay Farmers’ Market on Facebook or Instagram for the latest information.

Pure n' Natural Honey

Eungelladale Milk

Zelenka Farms

Vintage Farmhouse Kitchen

Photo credit: Sinead Porter

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A Dazzling Showcase Of Artistic Brilliance

November 23, 2023

The Paxton’s Portrait Prize is in its’ ninth year, this year introducing the Pet Portrait category with entries from talented artists from around the Mackay region.

The event is the brainchild of Lynn Robson and Melissa Larsen, both realising there was really no way for children and students to be able to exhibit their artwork in a local exhibition. This event provides a platform for young artists to show off their creative talents.

The event is themed around the Archibald Prize, with conditions that artworks must be a portrait of someone from Mackay, alive or deceased. It also has to have been created within the past twelve months, using any medium of choice.

The Paxton’s Portrait Prize is all ages inclusive, with Primary School, Secondary School and Open categories. Pieces are hung up on display, with a host of judges to decide the winners.

Teacher and Event Founder Melissa Larsen stated, “Seeing the wonderful community come together and support it, it's just fantastic”.

“People make an effort every year to go and create a work to go into it. The wonderful camaraderie of our Mackay community that gets behind all of this, it's really wonderful to see.”

Councillor Michelle Green had the pleasure of participating in the Paxton’s Portrait Prize as an esteemed judge this year. Michelle commented, “This is where you learn the ropes, and you get a direction to follow your passion.

“If it helps these little creatives go on to be larger creatives and into careers with that creative talent, I think that's what's so amazing about it.”

This year, the event has been held at the Jubilee Community Centre instead of its’ usual location at Paxton’s Warehouse which has enabled the exhibition to stay open for two weeks running until 24th November.

A highlight for the local community is the People’s Choice award for each category, where locals can visit the exhibition and pick their favourite piece.

Congratulations to all of the entrants and winners this year, who are fostering a brilliant array of talent in the local art scene for Mackay.

The Jubilee Community Centre came alive on judging day for the Paxton’s Portrait Prize

Photo supplied

Sophie Clayton 'On the Surface' Winner of Secondary School category

Ashley Holmes ‘Reading of Prayer’ Winner of Open category

Ryan Masendu ‘Self Portrait’ Winner of Primary School category

Annie Usher ‘Calling Home’ Highly Commended Open category

Photo Credit: Councillor Michelle Green

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Event Guide

November 23, 2023

Friday 24 November

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

The Radiators (Live)

From 8pm

Get ready to immerse yourself in an unforgettable night of classic hits, high-energy performances, and pure rock ‘n’ roll magic as The Radiators take the stage. | Tickets available at oztix.com.au

Seabreeze Hotel

Mackay Twilight Market

From 5pm to 8:30pm and Saturday 4pm to 8:30pm

Join us in the big shed for a festive evening of merriment with your loved ones. Shop for unique holiday gifts from the many charming market stalls, ran by small local businesses. | $2 adult entry - children under 17 years free of charge.

Mackay Showgrounds

Saturday 25 November

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.

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

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

The Kooyong Hotel

The Wild Sky (Live)

From 6pm

Enjoy good tunes and great vibes. Come along for a great night! | Free entry.

Harrup Park

Sunday 26 November

Laura Frank (Live)

From 3pm to 7pm

Join an unforgettable live performance by talented musician, singer-songwriter, and DIY enthusiast who is known for her chart-topping singles and captivating stage presence. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

Monday 27 November

Full Moon Circle – Breathwork and Meditation

From 5:45pm to 7:30pm

Put down what you are carrying this Full Moon.

Connect with like-minded others in a supportive circle. We will move through a progression of breath work, some gentle movement, sound healing and meditation.

This circle is for you if you are craving more harmony in your life, would like dive deeper into meditation and connect with your breath and body.

Tea and nibbles will be provided. | Tickets at trybooking.com

Mackay CWA Hall

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 28 November

Baby Bounce

From 9:30am to 10am

The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs. It's never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child.

Please bring a small blanket for your child. | Free ticketed event, find yours at eventbrite.com.au

Sarina Library

Book Chat for Teens

From 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Drop in and tell us what you like, what you don’t like, what you’re reading, what you have read, what you would like to read.

Chat to others about your best (and worst) reading experiences. For young adults aged 12 to 18 years. | Free ticketed event, find yours at eventbrite.com.au

Gordon White Library

Wednesday 29 November

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 30 November

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

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Theatre Arts Mackay Dance Excellence

November 23, 2023
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Property Point

November 16, 2023

The emotional, human side of selling real estate is what makes it interesting, brings value to what we do. It is an important time for people and, as agents, we get to know and help buyers and sellers at a significant point in their lives.

And you get to know all sorts of people; the good, the bad, the powerful, the wounded, the clever, the fastidious, the generous, the not-so generous, the hard-working, the rich, the battlers … and that was just the buyers and sellers of the first house I ever sold. Not really, but you get what I mean.

A few years ago I sold a unit to a lady called Susan Nitz. Susan worked at Coles in Sydney Street and had saved hard to be able to buy her first home, a nice little two-bedroom unit.

Susan was single, in her 50s and lived a simple life; she enjoyed music, loved her cat, had a close and loving bond with her mother and had warm friendships with the customers and colleagues she knew at Coles.

She was a gentle, kind soul who saw the best in everyone and loved to help them. I really enjoyed selling her the property because it was so important to her and she was such a nice person. She had lots of questions and concerns and I was pleased to ease her through it all and hand over the keys to a delighted buyer.

A couple of years later Susan became ill and, sadly, died earlier this year. She was brave and stoic and didn’t tell people what she was going through. Even her mother, Ethel, didn’t know about her illness until its late stages.

Her passing hit Ethel hard. The two of them shared a bond, partly through their love of country music, and had lived together for years. A mother shouldn’t have to bury her daughter. It rips your heart out.

It was left to Ethel to look after Susan’s affairs and a couple of months after she passed away Ethel rang me and asked me to sell the unit I had sold to Susan.

So, I got to know Ethel over the past few months, dropping around to get her to sign listing documents, disclosure statements, contracts and the like. Talking about her life, Susan, the terrible loss and the beautiful memories.

There was a lot of interest in the unit and I sold it to a young woman in her early 20s called Katie. Katie is a warm, energetic, hard-working, optimistic soul from a supportive local family who knew Susan and remember her fondly from shopping at Coles.

Somehow it seems so much better that Katie bought Susan’s unit rather than some investor from down south who needed a positively geared rental to balance out their portfolio of shares and property.

You might think that selling real estate is only about bricks and mortar and money. You would be wrong.

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Join Our Generosity Drive For A Hamper-Filled Holiday

November 16, 2023

We’ve officially gotten to the time of the year where it’s socially acceptable to get excited for Christmas. With that, Star and Mackay Women’s Services officially launched the 2023 Hamper Drive!

The Hamper Drive will officially run until Friday December 8th, and we are asking businesses, schools and individuals to donate hampers to the Mackay Women's Centre. These can be gathered in a box or washing basket and can include non-perishable food and Christmas gifts or other similar style items.

If you’re in need of some hamper filler ideas I’ve done the hard work for you:                                                

•     Milk

•      Pasta and pasta sauce

•     2 Min Noodles

•     Biscuits

•     Christmas Bon Bons

•     Custard

•     Jelly

•     Pudding or Cake

•     Tin Fruit

•     Tuna

•     Taco Kit

•     Lollies

•     Crisps

•     Tea and Sugar

•     Tinned Veggies

Also, any toy donations will go to children of all ages. Toys or gifts for a variety of ages would be suitable, as would gifts for the mother of these families. Vouchers for movies, Timezone or even the grocery store would be greatly appreciated.

Any hamper donations you collect you can drop directly to the Mackay Women's Services at 418A Shakespeare St, West Mackay. Or get in touch with us at Star to see what we may be able to arrange.

Kaley

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Mackay’s Cinematic Extravaganza

November 16, 2023

Award-winning films will illuminate Mackay’s big screen from 17th to 19th November. Prepare for an extraordinary cinematic experience BCC Mount Pleasant, with a selection of highly-acclaimed new films from across the world.

The Travelling Film Festival (TFF) is the touring arm of the Sydney Film Festival and began in 1974, bringing assorted genres to regional and rural locations that would not ordinarily get to see them.

This year’s Opening Night film is Sundance Audience Award-winner ‘Shayda’, a stirring and inspiring drama about an Iranian migrant battling the legal system to protect her 6-year-old daughter in Australia.

‘Anatomy of a Fall’ is a must-see inclusion, winning the Sydney Film Festival Audience Award in 2023 as well as the 2023 Cannes Palme d’Or. This tense psychological drama sees an author accused of murdering her husband.

Winning over 30 international awards is semi-autobiographical drama ‘Riceboy Sleeps’, a warm, endearing, shot-on-16mm treasure about a Korean mother and son’s migrant experience in Canada.

Just awarded Best Film of 2023 by the International Film Critics Federation, is ‘Fallen Leaves’. The story features a lonely supermarket worker and an even lonelier metalworker creating a delightfully deadpan courtship.

‘Perfect Days’ has been earning smiles and swelling hearts, with classic rock tunes from the likes of Van Morrison and Prince permeating this poetic reflection on the beauty to be found in the everyday, from renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire).

Berlinale-nominated ‘Blackberry’ puts the invention of the first smartphone and the rise of “tech bros” under a savagely funny microscope, resulting in a boisterous and dramatic tale for our time.

Three Australian short films accompany the program, including dark comedy ‘Chum’, a story about a blind woman who bonds with a stranger; but all is not as it seems.

‘Katele’ is spoken in English and Kala Kawa Ya and is set across a Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Island backdrop.

Animated story ‘Teacups’, based on the true story of Don Ritchie, who’s calm and comforting intervention saved many lives near his cliff-top home and is narrated by Hugo Weaving.

Manager of Travelling Film Festival Annie Parnell stated, “We are delighted to be returning to the region, which has hosted the Travelling Film Festival for some years, to showcase this special program of award-winning features and short films.

“There are stories from around the world, with gripping drama and laugh-out-loud comedy that we are sure will please the Mackay cinema-goers, both returning and new!”

Tickets to the Travelling Film Festival Mackay are now on sale at sff.org.au/tff/program/mackay

'Anatomy of a Fall' movie poster

'Fallen Leaves' movie poster

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Elf On The Big Screen

November 16, 2023

The first Mackay Hospital Foundation Cinema Under the Stars is coming to Sarina this weekend and is bringing the Christmas spirit!

With gates opening from 4pm, families will be greeted with all sorts of children’s activities, from jumping castles, face painting, market stalls, as well as tonnes of food vendors, and of course, Santa Claus.

And the headlining movie is the family favourite Elf, starring Will Farrell.

Mackay Hospital Foundation General Manager, Kristi Algate said, “The Cinema Under the Stars movie nights have been regular events in Mackay for quite some time but this will be our first Cinema Under the Stars in Sarina. Entry is very cost-effective at $5 per person or $20 per family. All proceeds raised at the event will be directed back to Sarina Hospital so the Sarina Community can rest assured that they will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this event when visiting Sarina Hospital.”

There will also be the chance to win a VIP experience for the night, which includes a personal covered area, an inflatable lounge and food vouchers to ensure no one is left hungry.

Ms Algate added, “We are so pleased to be able to bring this event to Sarina. We hope to see many people throughout the local community taking advantage of this event with a difference and share in some early Christmas Spirit with us.”

WHAT: Cinema Under The Stars, Sarina

WHERE: Sarina Showgrounds

WHEN: Saturday November 18, from 4pm

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TRIVIA BY TRAVEL ASSOCIATES

November 16, 2023

Travel lovers from across the region are invited to come along to a special trivia night held at Harrup Park next Thursday, 23 November. Not only will attendees enjoy a fun and lively trivia evening, they will also get to meet 20 travel partners who will be on-hand to answer questions about a range of travel destinations. There will also be a selection of Black Friday deals up for grabs.

For one night only, 20 travel experts representing exciting travel brands, will be visiting Mackay and ready to talk to attendees at the Trivia By Travel Associates event next Thursday.

This is your opportunity to speak with the experts, take advantage of some Black Friday deals and brush up on your travel knowledge.

The trivia night kicks off at 6pm and is hosted by 4MK Radio star, Rob Kidd, with the evening sure to be lively and entertaining for all.

Each table will consist of eight people so get your friends together and book your place.

Tickets are just $25 and include a share platter on your table.

The Trivia Champion, decided by a quick-fire round, will secure a remarkable prize—a 12-Day Norwegian Coastal Voyage for two guests.

This features a journey cruising through the world-renowned fjords, providing a front-row seat to the mesmerizing spectacle of the Northern Lights or the phenomenon of the midnight sun.

If you can’t make it to the trivia evening and want to make the most of the Black Friday offers – contact the team at Travel Associates to make an appointment 07 4940 0500.

Visit Travel Associates Mackay on Facebook for more information or to secure tickets.

WHAT: Trivia By Travel Associates

WHERE: Harrup Park

WHEN: Thursday, 23 October  

TIME: 5pm – 8pm

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Celebrating 75 Years Of Camaraderie

November 10, 2023

Gargett branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association will mark its 75th anniversary on 20th November, with a special luncheon reminiscent of times gone by.

This month, the children and grandchildren of those women will be at the centre of the branch’s anniversary celebrations, joining past and present QCWA members and people with links to the branch at a birthday luncheon at Gargett Hall.

A morning tea, as well as a display of photos through the ages will be a part of the itinerary, to assist in celebrating the milestone for the QCWA community.

The branch had its first beginnings on November 17, 1948, at a meeting held in Gargett’s Coronation Hall. One of the earliest photos, taken in the early 1950s, shows a group of women on the hall stage, which doubled as the town’s picture theatre.

The was the early meeting place for members before Gargett CWA opened its own hall in 1957.

Construction of the hall in 1957 remains one of the branch’s major achievements. Members held miniature deb balls, fashion parades, dances, fancy dress balls, concerts and more in the 1960s.

For 10 years during the 1960s and early 1970s, an annual Tourist Festival Ball was held at Gargett Hall, a highlight was the crowning of the Tourist Festival Queen.

Today, service to the community is a major focus, with members meeting monthly to work on numerous fundraising projects to keep the hall open and maintained, as well as boosting the CWA’s State Crisis Fund and financing local community support initiatives.

The 75th Anniversary Lunch starts at 10:30am. The cost is $20 to attend and RSVP is essential by 10th November to Secretary Loris on 0400 559 557 or lorisvwall@gmail.com.au.

This will be a joyous occasion for local women to celebrate the achievements of their beloved organisation and share in the spirit of community, as they do best.

Original members of the Gargett branch QCWA in early 1950s (L-R) Edie Omand, Ethel Bradshaw, Madge Bradshaw, Violet Kohler (later Martin), Thelma Cameron, Doris Voss (later Luscombe), Nell Webster, Elizabeth Henderson, May Millard, Ina Childs, Jess Launder and Elsie Nash

Celebrations for the opening of the new Mirani Bridge in 1959. CWA had a float in the procession

Tourist Festival Queen 1971. (L-R) Lola Dwyer, President Silvia Bourke, Winner Marie Louise Howie Secretary Glady Dillon, Treasurer Shirley Venton and Vice President Irma Forzatti

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Experience The Magic Of World-Class Cinema

November 10, 2023

A brilliant line-up of highly awarded new films from around the globe will light up the big screen in Mackay at BCC Mount Pleasant, from 17th to 19th November, bringing exciting world-class cinema to sunny Queensland.

The Travelling Film Festival brings international and Australian film programs to venues and locations that would not ordinarily get to see the range of films on offer in a cinema setting.

Featuring six award-winning and nominated feature-length films and three award-winning Australian short films, the festival program promises absorbing stories from masterful filmmakers.

Filmgoers can enjoy an Opening Night welcome drink before the film starts, hosted by Film & Arts Mackay from 6:15pm on 17th November.

This year’s Opening Night film is Sundance Audience Award-winner ‘Shayda’, a stirring and inspiring drama about an Iranian migrant battling the legal system to protect her 6-year-old daughter in Australia.

The Travelling Film Festival will also feature showings of award-winning films such as ‘Anatomy of a Fall’, a tense psychological drama featuring an author accused of murdering her husband.

‘Riceboy Sleeps’, a warm and endearing shot-on-16mm treasure about a Korean mother and son’s migrant experience in Canada.

‘Fallen Leaves’ is an off-beat and quirky romance of a lonely supermarket worker and an even lonelier metalworker.

‘Perfect Days’ Tokyo-set, including classic rock tunes from the likes of Van Morrison and Prince.

‘Blackberry’ puts the invention of the first smartphone and the rise of “tech bros” under a savagely funny microscope.

‘Chum’ is an Australian short dark comedy of a blind woman who bonds with a stranger; but all is not as it seems.

‘Katele’ is set across a Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Island backdrop, spoken in English and Kala Kawa Ya.

‘Teacups’ is a poignant animation based on the true story of Don Ritchie, who’s calm and comforting intervention saved many lives near his cliff-top home.

MACKAY LIFE READERS CAN ENJOY A DISCOUNT ON TICKETS BY USING CODE TFFFRIEND

Tickets to The Travelling Film Festival Mackay are now on sale. For more information and bookings, please visit www.sff.org.au/tff/program/mackay

The Travelling Film Festival Returns with an Award-Winning Lineup fromAround the Globe

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Event Guide

November 10, 2023

Friday 10 November

Keep the Speed off the Streets! (Test & Tune)

Gates open 3pm

Scrutineering opens at 4.00pm to 6.00pm Racing from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. $20 Spectator tickets available at the gate.

Palmyra Dragway

Paxtons Night Markets

4pm to 8pm

Mackay’s original and truly local handmade Night market. A unique shopping experience with quality stalls, live music, food and the best location on the river. | Free entry.

10 River Street

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

Friday Kirtan Meditation

2nd and 4th Friday of every month from 6:30pm to 8pm

Kirtan sessions weave live music with sacred yoga chants in a relaxed, uplifting atmosphere where you can easily experience spiritual connection. | Free entry.

CWA Hall

Annette Worthington (Live)

From 6:30pm

Don’t miss out on an evening filled with awesome music and non-stop dancing! | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 11 November

2023 PDRC Champs

Gates open 8am

Scrutineering shed open from 9:00am to 11:00am. Qualifying from 12:00pm. Racing from 4:00pm. Finals approx. 8:00pm. $20 Spectator tickets available at the gate.

Palmyra Dragway

WBBL: Heat vs Strikers

First Ball from 6:10pm

The Heat WBBL team are returning to their second home in Mackay for the highly anticipated match against the Adelaide Strikers!

Grab a bite to eat at the ground as you cheer on your favourite team.

Tickets available at brisbaneheat.com.au/wbbl-mackay

Great Barrier Reef Arena

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.

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

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

The Kooyong Hotel

Mackay Choral Society presents ‘A Glorious Christmas’

3pm and Sunday 3pm

Welcoming the music lovers of Mackay to what will be a world class performance, with choruses from Handel's Messiah and traditional Christmas Carols, filling the theatre with beautiful singing and orchestral music for over two hours (including a 20 minute interval).

Adults $35, Concession $30 and Children $20 | Tickets available at trybooking.com

CQCM Theatre - 151 Boundary Road, Ooralea

Mackay Nth Qld Babies & Kids Mega Christmas Market

From 4pm – 8:30pm and Sunday 12th November from 8am to 12pm

Over 50 Local businesses on display with all things babies & kids, as well as mum’s to be & new mum products.

Lucky door prizes, Jumping Castles, Face Painting, Free Bounty Bags.

$2 Adult Entry - Kids 17 years and under free. Tickets available at the door

Mackay Showgrounds

Significant Other (Live)

From 6pm – 10pm

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable night of live entertainment at the Garden Bar. | Free entry.

Harrup Park

Sunday 12 November

Troppo Markets

2nd Sunday of every month from 7:30am to 11:30am

This event will keep you coming back with a never-ending variety of items for sale and plenty of entertainment and amusements too. | Free entry.

Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre

Significant Other (Live)

From 2pm

A live music performance that you won’t want to miss - come along for a great afternoon! | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

Monday 13 November

Trivia Night

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Trivia night on Mondays at Centro Restaurant.  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.

Magpies Sporting Club

Tuesday 14 November

B2B Brews (sponsored by Travel Associates Mackay)

8am to 9am

This week’s brews are sponsored by Travel Associates Mackay. Enjoy your morning bevvie while hearing all about Travel Associates Mackay upcoming Travel Trivia Night on the 23rd of November. With amazing prizes to be won including a 12-night Norwegian Cruise for 2, this is a night not to be missed!

So come on down, grab your coffee and start fine tuning your travel knowledge!

Sprinkles and Love Cake Emporium

Chatty Cafe

Every second Tuesday of the month from 9:30am to 10:30am

Chatty Café is a global movement that aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation, connecting people over a cuppa to help improve health and mental wellbeing.

Chatty Café invites you to come along to connect, converse, and share ideas. Second Tuesday of the Month.

Access to free events is only one of the benefits of library membership. If you are not already a library member, please join at library.mackay.qld.gov.au/Montage/Join.aspx

Gordon White Library

EQUIP: POWER EDITION

9am to 3:30pm

An event in Mackay to INSPIRE + EQUIP women on their political journey.

The Women for Election EQUIP: Power Edition Program is a highly practical non-partisan workshop that provides women with the key knowledge of how to campaign at all levels of government.  You'll learn about the tools and techniques to enable you to run for office, be the best candidate you can be, or assist another woman with her political campaign.

Free event | Tickets at humanitix.com

Jubilee Community Centre

Wednesday 15 November

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 16 November

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

West End Readers Book Club

5pm to 6pm

Come along to the monthly book club and connect with people who enjoy reading and discover new authors. This event is for adults aged 18 years and older. | Free entry.

Access to free events is only one of the benefits of library membership. If you are not already a library member, please join at library.mackay.qld.gov.au/Montage/Join.aspx

Walkerston Library

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Dance Express Takes Centre Stage

November 10, 2023

Dance Express Mackay is thrilled to hit the stage on 19th November in a dance extravaganza like no other - No need to toss up which concerts to see in 2023, the concert of the year is right here!

The Dance Express kids will have you grooving in your seat from their larger-than-life Ready Set Dancers making a stage debut, to their Graduating Seniors taking their final bow.

A spectacle for the whole family, Dance Express concerts are known for their high energy and entertainment factor.

“After putting on my fair share of concerts over the years, what was once groundbreaking just doesn’t cut it anymore,” said Director of Dance Express, Karen Bishop.

“It is vital to keep innovating and pushing the boundaries to keep the audience engaged! Rather than the passive clap and awkward cough, we want a real party atmosphere.

“Our audience members are each given a glow stick to wave and dance within their seats. Seeing a sea of colour really gives the kids a boost and adds to the energy of the performance!” Ms Bishop exclaimed.

Gone are the days of long concerts with endless solos to slow the pace, Dance Express’ award-winning routines matched with the electric MECC atmosphere combine to create a show that is fast paced, exciting and fun!

A little bit of tap, a splash of jazz, a sprinkling of ballet, a drizzle of hip hop, stir in their cheer routines, top it off with some contemporary music, and you have the perfect ‘Concert Recipe’!

So, bring the whole family, lace up those dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate with Dance Express.

It is a dream for the performers to dance for a sold-out auditorium, and tickets are selling fast so grab yours today!

Visit themecc.com.au for tickets and more information

Watch the Dance Express kids light up the stage live at the MECC

Photo supplied

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Final Digital Marketing Workshops For 2023

November 10, 2023

Local businesses have the opportunity to learn essential digital marketing skills in face-to-face workshops this November.

Run by digital marketing agency Rebel Nation, the small group workshops allow participants to upgrade their marketing knowledge, learn new tools and ask questions specific to their business.

Rebel Nation head trainer Jade McAuley said the final 2023 workshops were two of her “favourite” topics because of “the massive impact they can have on your business, and anyone can use them!”.

“Our first is on Meta Ads – which I’d stake is probably the most cost-effective advertising platform available to businesses today,” Ms McAuley said.

“Learn how to use this platform and you can turn a $50 ad spend into 1000s of eyeballs on your business.

“I get that it can seem daunting – the idea of creating a digital ad – but that’s what these workshops are for. It’s a capped group so you can ask all your questions, get ideas and insights specific to your business and also learn from other business peeps.”

The Meta Ads workshops will run on November 16 and 17, and the second workshop on ChatGPT will run on November 21 and 22.

“ChatGPT is a free tool that makes writing social media copy, blogs, taglines, basically any kind of marketing copy so much easier, faster and better – when you know how to use it correctly.

“I know so many businesses who don’t have the time to do their marketing – ChatGPT is seriously a gamechanger here, the time it saves is immense.”

Spots are limited and bookings are $70 per person.

Bookings can be made at www.rebelnation.com.au/workshops-november.

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OI! AUSSIE DAY EVENT GRANTS NOW OPEN

November 10, 2023

Mackay Regional Council's Australia Day event grants are now open and local community groups are encouraged to apply.

Mayor Greg Williamson said council was excited to offer the Australia Day event grant funding once again for 2024.

“Our 2023 Aussie Day community events had a record attendance of more than 2900 people, so we are looking forward to another exciting Aussie Day event line up,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Not-for-profit community groups can apply for up to $1000 to support their Australia Day event and celebrate what they love about our beautiful region,” he said.

“From beach games and park barbecues to awards ceremonies and morning teas, the events are a great way to highlight our community spirit.

“The events are held at various times throughout the day and are a celebration of the amazing region we live in.”

To be eligible for funding, events need to be held on Australia Day 2024 (Friday, January 26), be free for all to attend and held within the Mackay Regional Council area.

Organisers also need to be a registered not-for-profit group or have a letter of support from a registered group.

Applications are now open via the council website and will close midnight Monday, November 20.

Australia Day event grant application forms and guidelines can be found on the council website.

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THE NOMINATION THAT GIVES OUR HEROES THE THANKS THEY DESERVE

November 10, 2023

Mackay Regional Council is on the hunt for unsung heroes, community volunteers, inspirational sportspeople and local legends of all ages.

Now is the time to nominate residents for the 2024 Australia Day Awards.

Nominations are now open for the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Arts and Culture, Environmental Achievement, Lori Burgess Community Volunteer, Community Group, Senior Sports and Young Sports Award.

Mayor Greg Williamson said there had been so many tremendous nominations last year and our region was extremely lucky to have so many amazing groups and individuals that stepped up for our community.

“Police District Crime Prevention Coordinator Nigel Dalton is our 2023 Citizen of the Year and is a great example of a community member who goes above and beyond,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Nigel not only works hard to educate and keep our young people safe, he’s also a very active community volunteer who has worked with disadvantaged youth and men’s groups like Shed Happens,” he said.

Nigel was awarded the Queensland Police Liaison Officer Award in 2017.

His Police District activities are outstanding, particularly Choices and Safety Circus safety talks across various age groups.

“The judges were also blown away by our Lori Burgess Community Volunteer Award winner Jody Burrows,” Mayor Williamson added.

“Jody has volunteered with Mackay Riding for the Disabled for about 30 years.

“She has changed people’s lives.

“There are many amazing stories of rider progress, from nonverbal autistic children talking when on a horse to riders being able to develop enough strength in their back or core to support life changing surgeries.”

The 2023 Young Citizen of the Year was Keira Brown.

Keira is the current coordinator of the Valley District Youth Council. She has been instrumental in working towards the group’s main goals of giving a voice to Pioneer Valley youth, developing leadership and building a regional youth community.

Mayor Greg Williamson said nominating someone for an Australia Day Award took just minutes and was as simple as filling out a nomination form on council’s website or grabbing a hard copy at council’s customer service centres.

“Each year, the nominees always say just how much it means to be nominated and recognised for the work they do,” he said.

“If there’s someone you know who goes above and beyond for our community, then please recognise them today with a nomination.”

Nominations close January 4, 2024.

Online nominations can be found at mackay.qld.gov.au/australiaday

All award winners and nominees will be recognised at a special awards ceremony at the MECC on Thursday, January 25, 2024.

2022 Citizen of the Year Frank Cowell, 2023 Citizen of the Year Nigel Dalton, Mayor Greg Williamson and Vassie Comino of P.Comino and Sons at the 2023 Australia Day Awards Gala

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Blast From The Past For Rock And Rollers

November 2, 2023

The Mackay Sugar City Rock and Rollers Club members and participants recently had a Saturday night out to remember, with the old Glenella Dance Hall giving a blast from the past, with dancing and fun surrounded by amazing vintage decor of yesteryear.

The Club offers classes every Wednesday night at 7pm in the Senior Citizens Hall on Macalister Street, with the first night free!  

Club members are looking forward to the Christmas dance on 9th December, with tickets to be pre-purchased by 17th November.

You don’t have to be a member to come along and have a good time!

For further information, call 0408 983 911.

Anne Duncan and Joseph Sagor showing many colours

Jane and Mario Torrisi always enjoying themselves

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80th Anniversary Reunion Of Crediton

November 2, 2023

A fun family afternoon has been prepared as Crediton Provisional School and Crediton Hall Recreation Club celebrates an amazing milestone of 80 years in operation.

The event is on 18th November, starting at 12pm and running until late. CHRC is providing a delicious spread of roast beef or pulled pork and gravy rolls, a celebration cake for dessert, as well as a tea and coffee station.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a plate of nibblies to share, and are reminded that the event is BYO for drinks. Chairs and tables will be provided, as well as free camping (powered and unpowered sites).

The Crediton Hall Recreation Club will have games for the kids, and a firepit for the adults. They are also set to host a Rolling Raffle, where you can purchase a $20 ticket to have a chance in all the raffles held throughout the evening.

Attendees are reminded that this is a cash-only event.

Past and present residents are encouraged to attend, and to give a summary of their past involvement and where they are now.

Please bring along any old photos you may have or forward to the Crediton Hall email address.

For further information, contact Secretary of Crediton Hall Recreation Club, Mandy Tennent on 0400 835 275.

All are welcome to join this event, with RSVP due by 11th November to creditonhall@gmail.com

A previous Crediton anniversary celebration. Photo supplied

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A Glorious Christmas

November 2, 2023

Mackay Choral Society is proud to present its newest production, A Glorious Christmas taking place 11th and 12th November at 3pm.

The two concerts will comprise of choruses from Handel's Messiah and traditional Christmas Carols, conducted by Kevin Field, a world class conductor currently based at the Bentley Music Academy, Malaysia.

The Society will also bring two professional soloists, Jo Burton and Paul McMahon, to perform beside their own renowned soprano, Nicole Thomson.

The two concerts will be performed at the CQ University Conservatorium of Music, providing a rare occasion for Mackay audiences to enjoy classical music and traditional carols, performed by professional soloists as well as the choir and an orchestra comprising local and overseas musicians.

Mackay Choral Society looks forward to welcoming the music lovers of Mackay to what will be a world class performance.

Tickets are available through trybooking.com or alternatively you can call 0422 264 397. Prices included Adult $35, Concession $30 and Children $20.

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Free Mindfulness For Teens

November 2, 2023

Carmen Bennett is a teacher with twenty-five years of experience as an educator, with a focus to empower others to learn, develop and succeed through her MindSpace Learning classes.

Ms Bennett accepts students of all ages, although is currently offering a free 6 week Mindfulness Program through Term Four, targeted at teens aged 13 to 16 years old with many activities on offer:

Week 1 - Mindfulness for stress and sleep - Breathing, meditation, create an essential oil roller

Week 2 - Mindful movement - River walk, body percussion

Week 3- Mindful creation - Project from recycled objects

Week 4 - Mindful goals and visions - Know your purpose

Week 5 - Mindful friendships - Team-building activities

Week 6 - Mindful confidence - Voice work and public speaking

Each session is designed to assist teen development in self-awareness, direction and insight, unlocking potential and increasing capability; a zone to learn new skill sets and break old habits.

Based on three decades of observation Ms Bennett has committed to, she has discovered how people learn, accomplish projects, and achieve goals. Her observations have fostered a space that is founded in a philosophy of mindful awareness.

Mindfulness, journaling, meditation, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), PERMA model theory and crystal bowl sound therapy are experienced in this sensory environment.

“As a qualified educational leader with extensive experience in mentoring, teaching, and leading teams, sessions integrate coaching and learning to encourage a mind shift.

“Distractibility and procrastination have impacted on our ability to think and live with true purpose, true awareness, and true connection.” Ms Bennett stated.

Classes will also be offered in 2024. Live an intentionally-built future with Mindspace Learning.

To book a consultation or find out more about the various programs and workshops available, visit mindspace-learning.my.canva.site or email mindspaceqld@gmail.com

Experience sound therapy with Mindspace Learning

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Event Guide

November 2, 2023

Friday 3 November

Public Art Walk

First Friday of every month from 4:30pm

This city art walk begins at Artspace Mackay and takes you through the city centre. Along the way, participants will learn about Mackay’s iconic public art installations and the local, and internationally-acclaimed artists who created them. | Free entry for all ages.

Artspace Mackay

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

FILM NIGHT | ‘Driving Madeleine’

Starts at 7:30pm

DRIVING MADELEINE is a heart-warming French drama film, released in 2022 and directed by Christian Carion. The story rediscovers the power of the kindness of strangers, following taxi driver Charles (Dany Boon) who reluctantly takes on an early-morning booking and begins to regret his decision when a cantankerous old woman, Madeleine (Line Renaud) is waiting begrudgingly at the pickup point. Despite his own personal grievances, Charles begins to realise that his problems are nowhere near as hard-pressing as his client’s. | Tickets online at trybook.com/CMLUR

Film and Arts Mackay

Shannan Fitzgerald (Live)

From 6:30pm

Kickstart your weekend, a night filled with awesome music and non-stop dancing. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 4 November

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.

Family Karaoke Pizza Party

6pm - 1st Saturday of the month

Come out for a fun-filled family-friendly night on the 1st Saturday of every month!

Enjoy FREE activities including karaoke, face painting, and balloon twisting.

Satisfy your hunger with delicious food at Ma’s Parkside Plaza and make lasting memories with loved ones.

Call (07) 4951 2139 to RSVP | Free entry.

Ma's Pizza Kitchen - Parkside Plaza

Karaoke Under The Stars

First Saturday of every month from 8pm – midnight

Start tuning up your vocals & getting your song lists ready so you can Karaoke the night out. | Free entry.

Northern Beaches Bowls Club

Sunday 5 November

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

Monday 6 November

Trivia Night

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

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 7 November

Fire & Fate Unplugged (Live)

From 4pm

Following the Melbourne Cup, come on down to the Seabreeze to see Fire & Fate – Unplugged! | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Morning Melodies

First Tuesday of every month from 11am-1pm

Enjoy a morning of fun, food and entertainment with Morning Melodies featuring Anette Worthington performing live once a month. | Free entry.

Souths Leagues Club

Wednesday 8 November

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 9 November

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

The Dreggs – Take a Little Time Tour

From 7:30pm

Fresh from their latest hit singles and sold-out shows across the UK and Europe, The Dreggs are back to rock Australia once again. Don’t miss the chance to experience their high-energy performance right here on home turf. | Tickets at oztix.com.au

Seabreeze Hotel

Mackay Farmers Market

Karaoke Under The Stars

Shannan Fitzgerald (Live)

FILM NIGHT | ‘Driving Madeleine’

Family Karaoke Pizza Party

The Dreggs – Take a Little Time Tour

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Wiggle And Giggle At The WIGGLY BIG DAY OUT!

November 2, 2023

The world's most beloved children's entertainment group, The Wiggles, are thrilled to announce their brand new live show, WIGGLY BIG DAY OUT! Tour, proudly presented by Huggies.

This spectacular event will treat families to an enchanting carnival-inspired extravaganza, as The Wiggles perform live to the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC).

Promising a festive day filled with music, dancing, and laughter for the whole family, audiences can expect an unforgettable event filled with energetic performances by the Wiggly ‘Great Eight’ - Blue Wiggles Anthony and Lucia, Red Wiggles Simon and Caterina, Yellow Wiggles Tsehay and Evie, and Purple Wiggles Lachy and John.

The show will feature beloved Wiggles songs such as ‘Rock-a-Bye Your Bear’, ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Fruit Salad’, as well as new hits like ‘Getting Strong’ and ‘Hey Tsehay!’

Blue Wiggle Anthony Field said, "We can't wait to hit the road again and bring our biggest and brightest show yet to families all over Australia.

“This tour will be a Wiggly carnival celebration that will create unforgettable memories for everyone. We have some surprises in store, including new songs and a lot of festival fun.”

The Wiggles will also be joined on stage by all their Wiggly friends, including Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Captain Feathersword and Shirley Shawn the Unicorn.

In  true Wiggles tradition, the annual arena spectacular wouldn't be complete without a special appearance down under from the big man in red, direct from the North Pole.

The WIGGLY BIG DAY OUT! Tour promises to be an extraordinary live show, guaranteed to bring joy to audiences and leave the whole family with smiles from ear to ear. The tour will commence at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) on 7th December.

Get your tickets fast, they’ll go like hot potatoes! Available at themecc.com.au

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SARINA HOSTS BARBECUE AND EXPO FOR MOVEMBER

November 2, 2023

The Sarina Rugby League Club and the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre are hosting a free “Happy As” barbecue and mini expo to celebrate Men’s Health Awareness Month (Movember).

The event, to be held at the Sarina Sporting and Services Club beer garden this Saturday (November 4), from noon to 2pm, will be a great social event with a positive health and wellbeing theme.

There will be live music, random lucky door prizes, ten cars on show from the Mackay Vintage Car Club and various expo displays from local organisations like the Sarina Men’s Shed, Real Mates Talk and sporting groups.

Mayor Greg Williamson encouraged residents to register for the event as soon as possible, as numbers were limited.

“This will be a great event for men of all ages to come along, grab some information, enjoy a free barbecue lunch and socialise,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Movember is a fantastic month-long campaign that encourages men to engage in activities to raise awareness about men’s health,” he said.

“It aims to challenge the stigma around men’s health issues, spark conversations and promote early detection and intervention.”

To register for the “Happy As” barbecue and mini expo, head to https://fb.me/e/1xeouJX9J or call the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre on 4961 9283.

Prior to the lunch event, at 11.30am, council and the Sarina Rugby League Club will be unveiling a new plaque at Buffy the Toad, in Broad Street Park, to immortalise three new local legends of league.

Players Daly Cherry-Evans, Reuben Cotter and Brianna Clark will be represented on the plaque and have been invited, together with Sarina Rugby League lifetime members and players.

This unveiling is open for the community to attend and will be emceed by rugby league great and Mackay region councillor Martin Bella.

Sarina rugby league legends Martin Bella and Kevin Campion with Buffy in 2016

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Event Guide

October 26, 2023

Friday 27 October

Guided Walks in the Gardens

10am – 11:15am

A guided walk in the Gardens. These walks last about an hour and are conducted at a leisurely pace.

While bookings are preferred, individuals can phone the gardens at 07 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au to reserve their spot.

Every Friday until the end of October. | Free entry.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Come and Try Lawn Bowls

10am – 11:30am

Enjoy a fun session learning to play. Bowls provided or bring your own. Wear comfortable clothing, flat soled footwear, socks or barefoot. Families, workplaces and individuals welcome. | Free entry.

Mackay City Bowls Club

Endeavour Foundation Employment Showcase

2pm – 3:30pm

The different jobs that might just be right for you

What it’s like to work for Endeavour Foundation

How you can be a part of #TeamPossible!

This event is for you if you are:

- A person with disability looking for a job

- Looking to support people with disability as an employment coach

- A support coordinator

- Curious about the services we provide to support people with disability in the community.

Endeavour Foundation Business Solutions

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

Nathan Kennedy (Live)

6:30pm – 10:30pm

Come along for a great night of live music at The Burb. | Free entry.

Souths Suburban Bowls Club

Fire & Fate Unplugged (Live)

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Come on down to the Seabreeze Hotel to see Fire & Fate – Unplugged, LIVE!

Don’t miss out on an evening filled with awesome music and non-stop dancing. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 28 October

Mackay Showground Markets

6am – 10am

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

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

Obstacle Hell 2023

7:30am

Over 40 obstacles, mud pits, music mayhem & more. An obstacle challenge for fun & for all fitness levels. | Tickets available at obstaclehell.com

Rowallan Park Scout Camping Ground

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.

Día de los Muertos

12pm – 9pm

Join this colourful and cultural extravaganza celebrating the Day of the Dead this Halloween!

Mexican meal specials all day, as well as activities from 6-9pm including Sugar Skull Face Painting, Live Music, Piñatas and a Costume Contest.

Family-friendly event. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

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

The Kooyong Hotel

VaMa (Live)

6pm – 10pm

Experience the dynamic live performance by VaMa at the Garden Bar.

Join in for an unforgettable night of music and entertainment! | Free entry.

Harrup Park

Sunday 29 October

Tyla Rodrigues (Live)

3pm – 6pm

Soulful country sensation Tyla Rodrigues to light up Seabreeze Hotel with free live show!

Tyla has quickly risen to prominence, captivating audiences with her performances at renowned festivals, events, and venues.

Drawing inspiration from musical legends such as Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Lauren Hill, as well as modern country icons like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, and Chris Stapleton, Tyla has crafted a unique country-soul style. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

Souths Leagues Club

Monday 30 October

Come and Try Lawn Bowls

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Enjoy a fun session learning to play. Bowls provided or bring your own. Wear comfortable clothing, flat soled footwear, socks or barefoot. Families, workplaces and individuals welcome. | Free entry.

Mackay City Bowls Club

Tuesday 31 October

Mackay Work Well Regional Information Session

8am – 10am

Join the Work Well Information Sessions to learn, connect and share ideas with other industry professionals. The event will include presentations on:

• Managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work Code of Practice 2022

• Managing respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in construction and manufacturing of construction elements Code of Practice 2022

• Powerline safety: Look up and live. | Reserve your free ticket at eventbrite.com.au

Rydges Mackay Suites

Halloween Carnevil Trick or Treat

3:30pm – 6pm

Dress up, grab your stamp card & trick or treat with a twist through the Centre.

Head in after school for the trick or treat, letting your costumed little monsters explore the Centre in search of participating stores who will reward them with a trick or treat stamp. Once all are collected come back to the stage and get a bag of goodies! Limited numbers available.

Trick or treat, spooky craft and free face painting.

Registration required for participating children.

Mount Pleasant Centre

Wednesday 1 November

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. $5 for members and $8 for non-members after that. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Thursday 2 November

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

Menopause the Musical

Thursday & Friday – 7:30pm

The original New York and Las Vegas hit Menopause The Musical® is coming to Mackay this November!

Inspired by a hot flush and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical® is a celebration for women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change”. | Tickets available online

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre

Mackay Farmers Market

Día de los Muertos

Sunday Night Bingo

Tyla Rodrigues

Menopause the Musical

Obstacle Hell 2023

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FILM NIGHT | ‘Driving Madeleine’

October 26, 2023

DRIVING MADELEINE is a heart-warming French drama film, released in 2022 and directed by Christian Carion. The story rediscovers the power of the kindness of strangers, following taxi driver Charles (Dany Boon) who reluctantly takes on an early-morning booking.

He begins to regret his decision when a cantankerous old woman, Madeleine (Line Renaud) is waiting begrudgingly at the pickup point. Despite his own personal grievances, Charles begins to realise that his problems are nowhere near as hard-pressing as his client’s.

At the age of 92, she must bow to the pressure of family and doctors, waiting to be forced into an assisted living facility. With a day at her disposal, Madeleine intends to drag it out for as long as possible, indulging in her final hours of freedom.

Catch this flick at the upcoming film night at Film and Arts Mackay, 7:30pm on Friday 3rd November. Tickets available at trybooking.com/CMLUR

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Celebrating Health And Wellness With International Men’s Day Breakfast

October 26, 2023

Shed Happens Mackay is set to celebrate International Men’s Day on 17th November this year. The organisation celebrates this event annually, with a corporate charity breakfast on or near International Men’s Day, which falls on 19th November.

Sponsored by DGH Engineering and supported by DBCT, this is Shed Happens Mackay’s premier event, being supported by an Art Show in August and presentation of Mackay Man Of The Year at the International Men’s Day breakfast.

Our sponsors include DBCT, 2iT Technology, Bushman’s Bakery and we were fortunate to receive a RADF Grant. The RADF Grant is a joint initiative of the State Government and MRC.

Shed Happens Mackay’s theme for International Men’s Day 2023 is the third pillar of IMD, ‘Health and wellness for all generations of men’, for the ‘Shed Interview’ with Ian Rowan and the ever-popular small group discussion around the tables.

The organisation will conduct an Art Auction of three artworks, one of which won Best at Show, titled ‘Internal Oath/Eternal Growth’, a 2nd prize titled ‘A Healing Campfire’ and a donated painting. This is the fourth year of awarding Mackay Man Of The Year, and it is proving very competitive.

What: International Men’s Day Celebratory Breakfast

WHen: 17th November 2023

6:45am – 9:30am

Where: Souths Leagues Club

Tickets $60.00 per person or $550.00 per table of 10

Contact: Frank Cowell: 0434 908 968 or man@dfcowell.net for more information

Best at Show painting, ‘Internal Oath/Eternal Growth’

2nd Prize painting, 'A Healing Campfire'

Donated painting

Photos supplied

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THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE

October 19, 2023

KUCOM THEATRE REVIEW BY MIKI PONTING-BOYD

You don't need to travel all the way to Sydney for world-class theatre, because you'll find it right here in Mackay with Kucom's latest production "Things I know To Be True", by Andrew Bovell.

Set in the home of your "typical" Aussie family, this masterpiece delves deep into the complexities of family dynamics, exploring love, loss, betrayal, morals and the dilemma of "how to share personal struggles with others when those others are the cause".

I wasn’t expecting to be taken on such a rollercoaster of emotions. Stunning and powerful, this show hits you in all of the feels.

I'll be honest, the risk with a suburban family drama is that it has the potential to fall into the realm of offensively stereotypical, (been there, seen that). Fortunately, Kucom's production, under the direction of the talented Victor Scott, is refreshingly cliche-free, presenting a beautifully modern depiction of a family that we can all relate to, in one way or another.

This is Victor's second time directing Andrew Bovell's work, and his experience is evident, with sophisticated staging, epic direction and a perfectly chosen cast.

Every actor was perfection, bringing raw, honest and engaging performances with empathy for each other that was seriously next-level. Their genuine reactions to events in the storyline were extraordinary, and I was engrossed with every developing minute.

Special mention to the accompanying soundtrack, curated by Victor, which adds a texture and layers to the production - so many goosebumps!

At the risk of giving away the ending, the gut-wrenching finale stayed with me for a long time, so this is my recommendation that you wear extra-strength waterproof mascara.

In conclusion, you absolutely must go see this extraordinary show - 19 to 28 October at Kucom Theatre.

Chef's kiss to the cast and crew. More, more more!!!

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Event Guide

October 19, 2023

Friday 20 October

Guided Walks in the Gardens

10am – 11:15am

A guided walk in the Gardens. These walks last about an hour and are conducted at a leisurely pace.

While bookings are preferred, individuals can phone the gardens at 07 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au to reserve their spot.

Every Friday until the end of October. | Free entry.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

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

Anette Worthington (Live)

From 6:30pm

Don’t miss out on an evening filled with awesome music and non-stop dancing. See you there! | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Ron & Deb Duo (Live)

6:30pm – 10:30pm

Come along for a great night of live music at The Burb. | Free entry.

Souths Suburban Bowls Club

Paint & Sip

Every Friday at 5:30pm

The After Work Quickie event teaches you the skills to paint on canvas, while having a few cheeky drinks. BYO.

Book tickets at bottletopsandbrushes.com/shop

Studios 104 Victoria Street

Saturday 21 October

Mackay Showground Markets

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.

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

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

The Kooyong Hotel

The World Goes 'Round

2pm & 7:30pm

The World Goes 'Round is a stunning revue of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team, Kander and Ebb.

From Cabaret to Chicago, the nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including "Mr. Cellophane," "Maybe This Time," "Cabaret" and "New York, New York." | Tickets online.

Central Queensland Conservatorium Of Music

Lucid Wings (Live)

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Lucid Wings Duo will be gracing the stage for a live music performance that you won’t want to miss. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Global Grooves 2023

3pm – 8pm

Travel the world in a single afternoon and celebrate our vibrant cultural communities that together make up our proud Mackay region.

Featuring an array of performances from multicultural artists, local community groups, and a range of talented musicians.

Get your groove on or take part in the many activities and workshops on show throughout the event. | All ages event - Free entry.

Queens Park

Sunday 22 October

Come and Try Lawn Bowls

10am – 11:30am

Enjoy a fun session learning to play. Bowls provided or bring your own. Wear comfortable clothing, flat soled footwear, socks or barefoot. Families, workplaces and individuals welcome. | Free entry.

Mackay City Bowls Club

Country to the Coast

From 12pm

Saddle up and join Mackay’s most exciting country event! Live music from Jessica Cash (12pm - 3pm) and Tyla Rodrigues (3pm – 6pm), ride the mechanical bull and visit the petting zoo!

Akubras & Boots are more than welcome! Show off your country style and strut your stuff. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

St. Joseph’s Christmas Fair

12pm – 4pm

Show rides, jumping castles, face painting and glitter tattoos, kids craft activities, games with fantastic prizes. Meat tray wheel, hot food stalls, dessert bar, live music and bar. | Free entry.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, North Mackay

Monday 23 October

Toddler Time

9:30am – 10am

The 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 - one ticket required per attendee. | Tickets online.

Gordon White Library  

Tuesday 24 October

Retire Happy Mackay

5:30pm – 6:45am

This session is designed to give you the tools to start building a better retirement now. This casual and easy-to-understand seminar includes a guide on how to retire, including how much you need in retirement and what to consider when retiring, the latest legislation updates, as well as Centrelink benefits you may be entitled to. | Tickets are complimentary for BUSSQ members and their spouse, partner, or friend.

Souths Leagues Club

Baby Bounce

9:30am – 10am

Baby Bounce promotes language development in babies from birth to walking.

The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs. It’s never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child. Please bring a small blanket for your child.

Bookings are essential - one ticket required per attendee. | Tickets online.

Sarina Library

Wednesday 25 October

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase | Mackay

From 7:30pm

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia. Boasting a line-up of festival favourites and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment is bringing the best of the fest direct to you!

Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. | Tickets online.

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre

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. $5 for members and $8 for non-members after that. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Thursday 26 October

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

Annette Worthington

Lucid Wings

Country to the Coast

Sydney Comedy Festival

Global Grooves 2023

St. Joseph’s Christmas Fair

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Fostering Indigenous Business Awareness and Collaboration

October 19, 2023

Each Friday in October, Mackay Regional Council’s Economic Development team hosts a ‘lunch and learn’ event, Yarning Together, as part of celebrating Indigenous Business Month.

The weekly event was created as a platform for the business community to come together in a casual setting, to promote and showcase Indigenous businesses by ‘having a yarn’ and spreading awareness of their prominence in the Mackay region.

Mackay Regional Council Director of Planning, Growth and Sustainability, Aletta Nugent, said the first event on 6th October was a great success for all in attendance, with others dropping by to find out more about the event.

“The main goal of these events is to assist local Indigenous businesses to gain more visibility and access to potential customers and partners,” Ms Nugent said.

“The business representative is given a platform to showcase their products and services. This involves yarning and storytelling about their products or services and distributing promotional materials,” she said.

Ms Nugent said there was also an emphasis on fostering collaboration and partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses and organisations.

“This provides real opportunities for attendees to network with Indigenous business owners, potential partners, investors, and customers and build future relationships,” she said.

Yarning Together events are open to everyone, with the best way to get involved being to attend the event as a participant.

By attending, you can show your support for Indigenous businesses and learn more about their products and services.

You can join the final two Yarning Together events on Fridays from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the City Centre, outside 77 Victoria Street.

For further information on Indigenous Business Month, visit indigenousbusinessmonth.com.au

Attendees celebrate Indigenous Business Month at Yarning Together event - Photo supplied

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Reliving The Glory Days

October 19, 2023

Mackay Central’s Class Of ‘72 Reunion

Mackay Central State School is gearing up to commemorate the reunion of the Class of 1972, scheduled for 21st October.

The organising committee for the event have been busy planning celebrations, with reconnections and recollections set to make this an extraordinary time for past students of the graduating class.

The event will begin with an escorted tour through the school on Saturday morning, followed by an afternoon gathering at 2pm in the Metropolitan Hotel.

It will be a day of reminiscent good times, with two former teachers as special guests, a walk down memory lane with a host of photos, and ‘telegrams’ from those who are unable to join.

Mackay Central State School is calling out to those who they may have missed in contacting past students, with it not being an easy task to locate everyone.  

If you see yourself, a friend or relative in these images, be sure to reach out to Mackay Central as they would love to catch up with everyone available to attend.

Any classmates who would like to stay on for dinner or know anyone pictured that would like to attend, please contact the ‘1972 Mackay Central Graduating Class Reunion’ page on Facebook.

Class 7A

Class 7B

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Savour The World At Global Grooves - Mackay's Multicultural Feast!

October 19, 2023

Treat your senses to a world tour this weekend at the Mackay region’s largest celebration of multiculturalism.

Global Grooves will transform Queens Park into a global village this Saturday, October 21, from 3pm to 8pm.

The festival will feature fascinating cultural workshops, mesmerising dance performances and global music, markets, and a smorgasbord of international cuisines.

There will be Maltese and Italian baked goods, lechon (Filipino rotisserie pig), curries, dumplings, German sausages, Dutch poffertjes, Greek kebabs, Chinese and Malaysian specialties and so much more.

Deputy Mayor Karen May said council had recently celebrated swearing in people from 100 different nations at our region’s citizenship ceremonies.

“To be able to say that the Mackay region is made up of cultures and customs from 100 different nationalities is amazing,” Cr May said.

“And, while we won’t have all of those cultures on display at Global Grooves, we will have at least 20 – whether that’s through their cuisine, traditional dress, dance, workshops or market stalls,” she said.

Festivals and Events Coordinator Sarah Porter said Global Grooves was a free community event and this year the workshops on offer would allow residents to immerse themselves in cultural practices and dance.

“There will be workshops on traditional Māori tattooing and dancing, Papua New Guinean coconut weaving, Cuban dancing and rhythm circle drumming,” Ms Porter said.

This is a fantastic opportunity for festival goers to learn skills from cultural experts who are generously sharing their traditions with the community,” she said.

Filipino community leader Vivien Hanrahan said Global Grooves presented a unique opportunity.

“Mackay has many passionate multicultural communities, and they all have their festivities during the year to celebrate and showcase their cultures, but Global Grooves is special because it brings them all together and gives people a taste of a variety of cultures,” Ms Hanrahan said.

Please note, Global Grooves is an alcohol-free event. For a full list of market stalls and food vendors, visit the Mackay Festivals Facebook page at facebook.com/mackayfestivals.

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PERFECTION AT PAXTONS

October 12, 2023

Mackay Northern

Beaches State High

School Year 12 Formal

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It’s Time To Head To The Theatre

October 12, 2023

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE

Andrew Bovell's controversial play, Things I Know To Be True, is coming to Mackay for a limited season, from Thursday 19th October.

Directed by Victor Scott (When the Rain Stops Falling, Ruthless - the Musical), Things I Know To Be True  explores the complexities of the Price family - a typical suburban family on the surface, but with some interesting secrets. Described by the Globe & Mail as "quietly devastating", the play combines issues such as gender confusion, sexual inequality, redundancy, and embezzlement in a thought-provoking context that will have you looking at your own family with fresh eyes.

Bovell’s play has enjoyed international success following its 2016 premiere by the State Theatre Company South Australia, being performed in the United States (2019), Canada (2023), Britain, and Spain, as well as at the New Theatre in Sydney (2022). It has also been adapted into a miniseries for Matchbox / Amazon / Blossom Films for production in 2024.

Kucom season dates: 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 October at 7.30, with a matinee on Sunday 22 October at 2pm.

Bookings: https://events.humanitix.com/things-i-know-to-be-true

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Event Guide

October 12, 2023

Friday 13 October

Trophy Eyes – Regional Australian Tour

7:30pm

Renowned Australian post-punk rock band, Trophy Eyes, are embarking on a mighty

Australian regional tour this October. The tour serves as a continuation of the festivities

surrounding their latest Top 10 ARIA album, Suicide and Sunshine.

Don’t miss out on seeing Trophy Eyes’ unreservedly candid and emotionally charged

storytelling, joined by special guests Dear Seattle. | Get your tickets at oztix.com.au

The Seabreeze Hotel

The Feels (Live)

9pm – 1am

Join the crew at Moss on Wood and let loose with the incredible sounds of The Feels!

Get ready to groove, sway, and dance like nobody’s watching! It’s going to be a night filled with unforgettable beats and fantastic vibes. | Free entry.

Moss on Wood

Friday Kirtan Meditation

6:30pm - 8pm

2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

Kirtan meditation is a unique experience that will transport you to a world of inspiration, peace and joy, far beyond the stress and worries of life.

Kirtan sessions weave live music with sacred yoga chants in a relaxed, uplifting atmosphere where you can easily experience spiritual connection.

Delicious chai and dessert will be served after the meditation session. | Free event, register at eventbrite.com.au - Donations are welcome

QCWA Hall

Significant Other (Live)

8pm – 12am

Experience an incredible evening of live music with Significant Other.

Come along for a great night! | Free entry.

Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club

Kids Class – Stretch, Breathe and Meditate

5pm – 5:45pm

2nd and 4th Friday of the month

Fully guided kids classes, aimed at ages 7-12.

These classes cover some basic stretches to get the energy flowing, guided relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation. Our kids classes aim to provide children with simple tools to assist with calming the mind and building emotional resilience. | Free event, register at eventbrite.com.au - Donations are welcome.

QCWA Hall  

Saturday 14 October

Mackay Showground Markets

6am – 10am

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

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

Mackay Orchestra and Bands Festival

9am to 3pm and Sunday 1pm – 3pm

Ensembles from over 20 schools and community groups will come together to perform a balanced program of repertoire.

There will be 42 different ensembles performing over the 2-day festival in front of an adjudicator who will be grading and providing important feedback to each band on the performance of their choice of music rather than against each other, making this a unique music competition. | ENTRY FEES: $5 - Adult, $ 2 - Child/Concession, Children under 5 - free OR $10 per family

Mackay Christian College, Faith Centre, Kings Park Campus

Rocktober

7pm

Get ready for a night of Rock ‘n’ Roll mayhem, dress up as your favourite Rock or Pop Star and join us for an unforgettable evening. Live Music: The Feels 7pm to 11pm, delivering your favourite rock and pop hits. Air Guitar Competition. Best Dressed Prizes. Courtesy bus available. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Busby Marou – Blood Red Album Tour

6pm

Busby Marou have gained the reputation as one of Australia’s hardest working live bands, best known for their distinctly Australian storytelling and gifted musicianship.  Their 5th album, “Blood Red”, is out on July 21st, and they are taking the band on the road to celebrate.

Busby Marou will be joined by special guest Jem Cassar-Daley | Tickets available at oxtix.com.au

Harrup Park

Sheffield Shield and March Cup

Starting 10am Saturday

Featuring the Queensland and Victoria men's teams, the four day match will take place from 14th to 17th, followed by a Marsh Cup one day game on Thursday October the 19th.

Featuring some of the biggest names in Australian Cricket. | Tickets available at eventbrite.com

Great Barrier Reef Arena

Sunday 15 October

BarbsWired (Live)

11am - 2pm

Cap off your weekend with a live performance from BarbsWired. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

The Wild Sky (Live)

3pm - 7pm

End your weekend on a high note with a live performance from The Wild Sky. | Free entry.

Seabreeze Hotel

Monday 16 October

Rescue Chopper Week

Starts Monday 8:30 am

Register to hold a fundraiser, such as a sausage sizzle, free dress or crazy hair day during Rescue Chopper Week, one lucky school will win a helicopter landing on their school oval and visit from the RACQ Rescue crew!

You can also score a host of great prizes by entering the colouring and short story competitions during Rescue Chopper Week, from October 16 to 20.

Jump aboard, have some fun and raise funds! | Register at cqrescue.org.au

Mackay Healthcare Virtual Job Fair

11am – 2pm

If you are looking for a job in Mackay, Queensland then you're in the right place. Interview with multiple recruiters from Mackay's top employers. Register today and land your dream job. | Register at au.jobfairx.com

Online Event

Tuesday 17 October

Mackay Roadshow 2023

9am - 2pm

Awesome Women in Construction (AWIC) will be running a roadshow throughout North Queensland which will include visiting a large variety of education providers and industry site tours.

The roadshow will be highlighting the economic security, empowerment, and recognition of women in non-traditional roles within the construction industry through regional Queensland.

This program is aimed at female students who have shown an interest in the construction industry or may want to learn more about the construction industry as a career.

Mackay Leisure Centre

B2B Brews & Breakfast

8am – 9am

Supporting Anti-Poverty Week. Breakfast and coffee provided. Your donation of a non-perishable food item on the day is very much appreciated.

The Neighbourhood Hub, 4 George Street

Wednesday 18 October

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. $5 for members and $8 for non-members after that. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Thursday 19 October

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

Gin Appreciation Evening

6:30pm

THE DISPENSARY will be holding their last Gin Appreciation Evening for 2023!

The evening will feature 5 gin tastings with a 3 course menu designed by THE DISPENSARY head chef, Alex. If gin is your drink of choice this is one event you don’t want to miss. | Tickets available online.

The Dispensary Mackay

Sleeping Beauty – Royal Czech Ballet

7:30pm

Following their 2022 performances of Swan Lake, the Royal Czech Ballet return to Australia with their presentation of the classic masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty. | Tickets available at aumec.sales.ticketsearch.com

Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (MECC)

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