Category: MACKAY

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The Earthshot Prize Comes to Life Thanks to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

In the 1960’s President John. F Kennedy created Moonshot, uniting people from around the world in efforts to put man on the moon. As part of this, amazing new technologies were developed around that time period. In addition, humans saw what we could achieve when we have a similar goal in sight, work as a team and put our brains together.

Now in 2020, Earthshot, a prestigious prize, has been created to incentivise people to join together and make changes that benefit our planet – and subsequently, us. The Earthshot Prize has five ‘Earthshots’; relatively simple yet big goals. These will hugely improve life on earth if achieved by 2030.

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, perhaps better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton, runs the Earthshot Prize. The Duke and Duchess created the Foundation to unite people in tackling a variety of big challenges in today’s world, making a positive difference on issues that they are passionate about.

The Earthshots and Prizes

The Foundation grounds each Earthshot in scientifically agreed targets that will help repair the damage that our planet has suffered. This is crucial for both us now and future generations, to provide us and them with a good quality life and health. But it also goes beyond that; we have a beautiful planet full of unique nature and animals. This nature and our animals that we love will also suffer if we do not make changes and find ways to solve environmental problems NOW.

The targets form a set of challenges which will hopefully make new ways of thinking, new systems, policies, technologies and overall; solutions to these problems. The five Earthshots are:

  1. Protect and restore nature
  2. Clean our air
  3. Revive our oceans
  4. Build a waste-free world
  5. Fix our climate

Each Earthshot is broken down into more specific goals. For example, ‘Protect and restore nature’ focuses on repairing and protecting the homes of our animals. This could be in grasslands, wetlands, rainforests, lakes or rivers. Every year from 2021 to 2030 =an award ceremony will take place across the world in different cities. There, five winners will be awarded the Earthshot prize, each receiving one million-pound prizes (worth nearly 2 million AUD). Overall, this will provide 50 solutions to our planet’s greatest environmental problems by 2030!  

The Earthshot Prize Council is made up of influential people from around the globe. This team will award each Earthshot until 2030. The council includes Prince William, David Attenborough, Cate Blanchett, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Shakira, Naoko Yamazaki, Indra Nooyi and other well-known people.  

You can read more about each Earthshot and what it aims at achieving, as well as the full council list and list of Global Alliance Partners to Earthshot such as National Geographic, all on the Earthshot Prize website.











Combat Holiday Boredom with ‘Sixteen Days of September Fun’

If you are like the majority of parents during the school holidays, then there are plenty of moments where the kids are complaining of being bored. Then your brain feels like it might explode from their ‘there’s nothing to do’ cries.  The good news is Mackay Tourism has decided to lend a helping hand when it comes to keeping the kids entertained.

School might be out, but that doesn’t mean you have to be out of your mind with stress over what to do! They hope to inspire locals as well as visiting friends and families to get out into the area and explore.

‘Sixteen Days of September Fun’ is a campaign providing sixteen fun activities to experience in the Mackay region these holidays. Instead of having to think what to do, the ideas are handed to you instead. This means that each day can be filled with a new adventure! It will also showcase upcoming events, including the September Weekender events at the MECC and Rumble on the Reef.

Donny Fraser, Rumble on the Reef Event Promoter, also encourages visitors and locals to make the most of the upcoming school holidays.

“Complimenting the excitement of Rumble on the Reef are the region’s abundance of fun activities. They are sure to make these September school holidays one to remember.”

Day 1 of the campaign begins on September 19 with ‘Whale Watching at Lamberts Beach Lookout’. There are 16 numbers that you can choose from, and each number will give you a new activity for that day once clicked. Some activities are free and some activities involve a cost and booking a ticket.

But Wait…There’s More! Sixteen Days of September Fun doesn’t just include activities for the kids…there are also a couple of cheeky activities for adults, such as watching the 18+ cabaret show on September 26!

View the full selection of activities HERE.

Find more things to do HERE







Get Out and About Mackay and Whitsundays for September and October

Get out and about with the great events, programs and more that both Mackay and The Whitsundays have to offer in the next couple of months. 


Finding the Funny: The Art of Judy Horacek – 15 August to 18 October. This exhibition will be presenting original artwork surrounding environment, social justice and women’s issues. Her picture book worlds for children show a range of animals doing unusual things.

Conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders: A Missing Chapter from Australian History – 25 September to 29 November. Artist Janet Ambrose recounts a missing chapter of history in Australia through interviews and charcoal portraits.

Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection on Tour – 25 September to 29 November. Piccinini wants audiences to think about their place in the world as it advances in biotechnology, digital technologies, blurring the line between nature, humans, and the artificial world.

A Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon St

P 4961 9722



FREE Virtual Scientific Expedition

The Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney are inviting all children aged 5 – 15 to join this virtual quest. It will explore areas of science, from earth and animals to technology and space. There will be expert panel discussions with huge names in Australian Science, The Living Laboratory 360 degree virtual tour, games, science shows, and more – all until September 15!

Find out more and register online.


Massive Dads Pack to be Won at Magpies Mackay

On Sunday 6 September Magpies have a XXXX Esky filled with merchandise, beer, and more to be won by a lucky dad! Treat dad to a delicious lunch from 12.00pm – 2.00pm or a dinner between 5.00pm – 8.30pm at Centro Restaurant. The Father’s Feast is a 350g Tomahawk served with wedges, vegetables, grilled king prawns and tasty horseradish sauce – and don’t forget the schooner of beer! All for only $49.00. Bookings are essential.

A 1 Glenella Rd, Mackay

P 4965 6100


Rumble on the Reef

Competitors from all over Australia will be gathering to take part in this action sports festival. Along the Great Barrier Reef coastline there will be a lot of talent and competitions from 22 September to 4 October including the Australian National Championships of Skateboarding, cable wakeboarding competition, freestyle BMX and kitefoil championship.

You can find all relevant information and register online.

A Mackay

P 1300 918 531


MM Electrical Derby Day

There are the usual, thrilling mid-week horse races throughout September and October at the Mackay Turf Club. But get ready – there is also the MM Electrical Derby Day on Saturday 19 September from 11.00am – 5.30pm. This event is a great day out for anyone with races, Fashions on the Field and entertainment. The dress code is black and white – remember to start working on the perfect outfit!

Cost: From 85.00.

A Mackay Turf Club

P 0437 522 823



Hand Heart Pocket River 2 Reef Ride

Raise funds for three local charities with this mass participation ride event on 12 September! The focus is also to encourage people to become more active and involved with their own health through cycling. You can choose to cycle either 35km, 60km, 90km or 135km and enjoy the beautiful Mackay scenery. Cyclists will finish at the Blue Water Quay where breakfast stalls will be waiting to greet you.

A 1 River St, Mackay

P 0749 188 305



Beach Motorcycle Races

On 13 September from 10.00am to 5.00pm, motorcycles will be speeding and racing at this iconic event under the tropical skies. If you’re a thrill seeker, beach lover or family simply looking for fun activities, this is perfect for you. There will be a final King of the Beach race along with competitions between dirt bikes and street bikes. Different ages can enter into their 13 classes, from juniors onwards.

Family-friendly entertainment will include jumping castles, face painting, beach vibe markets and more.

A Grasstree Beach, Mackay

P 4950 3737



PBR Mackay Stampede

The Professional Bull Riders will be back this October 17 from 7.00pm to 10.00pm to provide a big night of entertainment. 22 of the bravest and keenest riders will compete for glory between each other and go head to head with 52 of the meanest bulls in the nation. Choreography includes lasers, pyrotechnics, live music and so much more to provide a show like no other, full of adrenaline.

A BB Print Stadium

P 4724 0218



Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Learn about the beautiful and unique birds you can find in your own area, or very own backyard, with this event as part of National Bird Week from 19 – 25 October. The special week is brought to you by BirdLife Australia, the largest bird conservation organisation. Participants won’t just be learning, but also helping to contribute to national research by tracking species trends and locations across the country. Get out into the nature for a great purpose!

A National

P 9347 0757



Mackay Musical Comedy Players Present the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

This comedic, fast-paced crowd pleaser is sure to make you laugh. Featuring a book by Rachel Sheinkin, that was the Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Award for Best Book, and a vibrant score by William Finn, six ‘mid-pubescents’ will disclose hilarious stories from their home lives while spelling their hearts out and hoping not to make a mistake.

From 2 October 8.00pm and – 3 October 2.00pm and 8.00pm. Ticket prices vary, visit website for more information.

A MECC Auditorium, 258 Alfred St

P 4961 9700



Speed Date the Collection

This easy-going event on 29 October at 5.30pm lets the people of Mackay meet artists’ books from the collection in a fun, informal way. Participants can become familiar with the resource of artists’ books which the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection holds.

A Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon St

P 4961 9722



Virtual F5F Programs

Mackay Libraries will continue to deliver a range of interactive programs for carers and their children under five years old. These include signing, talking, reading, all to enhance literacy and numeracy skills. Baby Bounce, Toddler Time and Story Time can all be found online at for you and your little one to watch.


Artspace Mackay

Toddlers and parents can sing along and get creative with BMA Kidspace ‘in the garden’. This online activity page has a range of videos for you to follow for make-at-home music and art ideas – developed specifically for 0 – 5 year old kids. Have fun with Lisa, Pam, Rosemary and Kathleen while making art!


Bring Your Land to Life Field Day

Bring your land to life with Reef Catchments upcoming Field Day. A fun family day out to learn all about growing your own food, keeping poultry, bees and cattle. From home gardeners to large properties, listen to presentations and demonstrations from rural and urban garden gurus. Pioneer Valley Show Grounds, Finch Hatton. 10am -4pm Saturday 24 October 2020.

A Pioneer Valley Show Grounds, Finch Hatton

P 4968 4200

Fb Reef Catchments


Whitsundays Arts Festival

Celebrate the creativity, Whitsunday’s community and the inspiring environment from 3rd to 5th of October. A number of local interstate musicians will be performing for the crowds and there will be amazing, unique decorations throughout the park. Workshops for lantern making will be held on the 28th and 29th of September, plus there will be additional workshops at the festival involving photography, spray art, painting and more.

Times vary.

A Airlie Beach Foreshore, Fairy Tree Park

P 0417 631 500



MuMEcation at Airlie Beach

Have a perfect getaway from kids and stress with the girls at Airlie Beach from September 11th to 14th – or come alone and make some new friends! This is a great destination to soak up the sun and enjoy a cocktail. All women are welcome, not just mums (but we know how much you need it!)

Package can include accommodation, meals, cruise, Spa Treatments, cocktails, a mum-only gift box, and much more. Visit website for all of the details.

Price: From $995.00 pp

A Airlie Beach, Whitsundays

P 0418 121 113




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Mackay School Holiday Guide for September/October

There are a lot of things to do and places to go these Mackay school holidays in September and October. Get the kids ready – we promise there’s something for everyone! 

Caneland Central

This school holidays get a FREE take home craft pack. Simply spend $10.00 or more at one of the food retailers and bring your receipt to the Customer Service Desk to collect. There will be three options to choose from. Limited quantity available, T&Cs apply.

A Mangrove Rd, Mackay

P 4944 7111


Fb Caneland Central


Sixteen Days of September Fun 

Keeping the whole family entertained these September school holidays has been made easy, thanks to a campaign announced today by Mackay Tourism. ‘Sixteen Days of September Fun’ showcases sixteen fun activities in The Mackay Region, to experience throughout September, to encourage locals to explore the area. 

Find the activities HERE. 


Big4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

Fancy an escape these school holidays? Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort is a family owned and run caravan park in Airlie Beach. Nestled in seven acres of shady tropical greenery, they have plenty to do for families including a playground, jumping pillow, quad bikes for hire, pool and a brand-new ninja challenge course.

It’s a hub of family entertainment set in a peaceful tropical environment.

A 2955 Shute Harbour Rd, Flametree

P 4946 9388 BIG4

Fb Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort


Kidz Life Play Centre

It’s slides, tunnels and ball pits galore at Kidz Life Play Centre. With a triple deck play structure, huge double slide and much more, there is plenty of fun to be had. It’s all indoors and airconditioned, so it’s always playtime-rain, hail or shine.

They are open from Monday to Friday in the school holidays from 9.00am – 3.00pm, then Saturday 9.00am – 4.00pm.

A 75 Evans Ave, North Mackay

P 4953 5575

Fb Kidz Life Play Centre


Mount Pleasant Centre

This centre is full of shops with everything that the family could need, from fashion to electrical to health. Plus, don’t forget to stop at the food court to get a delicious lunch together!

A Cnr Bucasia Rd and Phillip St, North Mackay

P 4969 2400


Fb Mount Pleasant Centre 



Bring the family for intense fun and competition with go-kart racing in a real kart.

Minimum age is 7 years and drivers must be 1.25 m tall. Please come dressed for racing, closed in shoes, shorts or long pants, no loose clothing dresses or skirts.

Cost: From $35.00 for 1 race (10 minutes). Family bundle for 4 people $130.00. Double seater karts available.

A 275 Nebo Rd, City Gates

P 4829 4707


Fb Sidetrax


South Leagues Club Mackay

Play, eat and enjoy at South Leagues Club. The family can enjoy a delicious meal for dinner or lunch from the affordable, family-friendly restaurant Souths Bistro. You can relax in the gaming room or grab a drink from the sports bar while the kids hang out and play in the kids zone – a room full of games, activities, movies and play equipment. No need for a babysitter at Souths Mackay!

A 181 Milton St

P 4957 2166


Fb South Leagues Club Mackay


Billabong Sanctuary

From Saturday 19th September to Sunday 4th October ROVING RANGERS will take place between 9:30am – 1:30pm. Rangers will be circulating throughout the park to greet you with different animals with the opportunity to touch or hold most animals. Koala selfies, turtle feeding and crocodile feeding will feature daily.

Open from 9.00am – 2.00pm.

A 17km South of Townsville on the Bruce Highway

P 4778 8344


Fb Billabong Sanctuary


WakeHouse Cable Park

Get on your board, strap in and get ready to wakeboard. Learn how to utilise your balance to glide on the water and soar over exhilarating ramps, or use your previous experience to show off your skills and have a great time.

Casual passes start from $35.00 per hour.

Clinic sessions start from $35.00 (6 – 12 years of age), price varies for teens and adults.

Check out the website for a full list of class times and prices.

A 504 Michigan Way, Andergrove Lakes

P 1300 500 261

Fb WakeHouse Cable Park – Mackay


Whitsunday Segway Tours

Whitsunday Segway tours operate amazing, award winning and Eco Tourism certified, guided Segway tours in the Whitsunday Conway National Park, as well as along the Airlie Beach boardwalk with included dinner over a beautiful sunset.

Cost: From $110.00. For families with children 12+ years.

A Airlie Beach

P 0432 734 929


Fb Whitsunday Segway Tours


Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

There’s plenty to do at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens for kids. They’ll even learn something! The following activity sheets can be picked up from the gardens’ administration.

Alphabet I Spy – Can you spot these items with your eyes during your visit to the gardens?

Birdwatching Quiz – How many of these birds can you spot in the gardens? Keep your eyes peeled…

25 Fun Things to do in the Gardens – Try one of these 25 activities and you certainly won’t be bored.

There are also a range of activities for kids to do in their own gardens, including birdwatching, nature play, spotlighting and more.

A 9 Lagoon St, Mackay

P 4952 7300

Fb Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens


Find more things to do HERE. 






Real Estate

Why Should I Use a Real Estate Agent?

Mackay Regional Real Estate

Dear Robyn, I have seen people selling their homes privately For Sale By Owner. Why should I use a real estate agent?

There are many sites that encourage sellers to sell privately, and these have been around for many years. However, you need to ask yourself why they haven’t succeeded and taken over the market place?

Some testimonials of these websites provide successful experiences where the sale has gone smoothly, which is great. However, they avoid telling of the disasters or legal ramifications the sellers may have experienced.

Most of the sellers that I meet after they’ve tried to sell privately tell me that the process drove them insane.

They found it hard to listen to negative feedback or negotiate on their own property that they loved sentimentally. Buyers also manipulated the sale knowing the seller was selling without the commission costs charged by an agency and tried to bargain them down to ridiculously low prices. Many also felt that they had to entertain ‘tyre kickers’ who were just sticky-beaking. They were afraid that in the long term, something could come back to bite them because they didn’t have the knowledge around legislation, loop holes or the fine print.

Private sellers are not in the market place every weekend conducting Open Homes, getting to know buyers and what they want. But mostly, private sellers have not got any experience negotiating deals and taking the role of the middle-man.

Other than your health and that of your loved ones, your home is probably your next largest asset. A ‘cheap’ process, such as privately selling, may be appealing when looking at the upfront costs, but this can end up being very expensive when it literally costs you tens of thousands of dollars. Would you select the cheapest surgeon? Would you select the cheapest mechanic? Probably not. It’s best to talk to a Real Estate Agent who is an experienced expert in the industry.

P 0419 623 263





Why Is It So Important to Be Honest With Your Lawyer?

Statewide Family Law

Dear Katrina, Why is it so important to be honest with your lawyer?

When facing legal problems, your lawyer is your ally. Ken Taylor, a previous President of the Queensland Law Society, described lawyers accurately – “They are your defender and protector who fights for your rights when required”.

So, being truthful with your lawyer is essential because otherwise we cannot do our job properly and the outcomes can sometimes be dire.

One such example is that I was acting for a husband in a property settlement matter in the Federal Circuit Court. The matter went to trial and the husband was ordered to pay an amount of money to the wife from his superannuation fund.

At the end of the trial, my client was not happy with the outcome. Outside of the Courthouse, he told me that he was going to take all of the money out of superannuation fund so the wife would not get any of it. I advised him in very strong terms not to do that as there would be serious consequences for breaching an order of the Court. He appeared to understand that advice.

Not much later, I received notice from the husband’s superannuation fund that the wife had tried to obtain her entitlement.

There was no money left in the fund. When the client was asked about it, he tried to cover his tracks and lie about the whereabouts of the money.

After that, because of his actions, I could no longer continue to act for him and he was ultimately hauled back before the Judge to provide an explanation of his actions. The Judge ordered that the money be paid to the wife immediately and he was also ordered to pay all of the wife’s costs. A very costly lie indeed.

a 34 Wood St, Mackay