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It’s been 100 years since Mackay was almost wiped from the map. Thirty lives were lost when the 1918 cyclone ripped through on January 11, 1918. The huge storm flattened much of the region and inundated large parts of the town, with waves up to three metres tall rolling down Sydney Street. To commemorate the centenary of this natural disaster, council is presenting an exhibition at the Jubilee Community Centre. The exhibition is a joint initiative of our four regional museums and Mackay Regional Council Libraries. The exhibition then flows into a theatre space and second section titled ‘After the Storm’ that looks at the aftermath. It's being held at the new Jubilee Community Centre next to Mackay Council chambers from 9am -4pm Saturdays, 10am - 2pm Sundays and Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm until February 16
Council is holding a special movie night for the people in Sarina who have been affected by Cyclone Debbie. Come along and catch the hilarious NZ comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople. There will be a BBQ dinner at 6pm at the CWA Hall on Marlborough-Sarina Rd, Sarina Range, along with face painting and a popcorn. Bring a chair or picnic blanket and sit back ready for the movie at 7pm.
Watch the family movie Moana at the beautiful Eimeo Beach. All fundsraised will be donated to Tour de Cure. Pretend you are on your very own Polynesian Island. $15 per family (2 adults and up to 4 kids) / $5 adult / $3 per child. Tickets are limited so make sure you book today. Popcorn, fairy floss, snow cones, sausage sizzle and drinks for sale. What to bring: come dressed as your favourite character or just be yourself! Bring a chair to sit on or a waterproof mat.
Come and join us with the launch of Gridiron in Mackay. The Mackay Mavericks will take on the Townsville Cyclones for their very first match up. Big day planned including a sign on for juniors. Gates open at 12pm. Game kickoff at 4pm. $5 admission, kids 16 years and under free. Food and beverages available. No BYO as this is a licensed premise. It's being held at Rogers Oval, which is the Eastern Swans AFL ground on Petrie St South Mackay
The story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster is a gothic masterpiece full of scientific curiosity, unorthodox experiments and classic science fiction elements. Come and view the exhibition aimed at young adults, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the original Frankenstein novel. The Frankenstein exhibition is at the Gordon Library until February 9.
Zines and independent comics are part of an ever-changing vehicle of expression that is accessible to all, and is constantly evolving with cultural shifts. Copier Jam! highlights the diversity of zines and independent comics and their creators currently being produced in bedrooms across Australia. Unwilling for others to tell and share their story, these DIY publishers utilise what they have on hand to get their work out there, rather than waiting and chasing that publishing contract. It’s at Artspace Mackay until January 29.
Why not grab the kids and head to Airlie Beach Lagoon? The lagoon is surrounded by grassy knolls, perfect for a spot of sunbathing, or finding a quiet spot in the shade to read a book. The sandy beach area at one end provides a safe stinger free environment for the children to play in the shallows and the lagoon is surrounded by landscaped gardens for added aesthetic appeal. A children's pool is situated at one end, and it’s all free
There is now an 18-hole minigolf course for you and your family to enjoy at Illawong Leisure Centre. It’s open Sundays from 2pm to 6pm. It's $12/adult and $8/child (15 years and under) or take advantage our family deal of 2 adults and 2 children for $30. Bring your togs as well because this price covers you to use the swimming pool where you can go for a dip after your game. Mum and dad can enjoy a couple of drinks at the licensed bar too. You can find Illawong Leisure Centre in South Mackay
There’s plenty of excitement for the kids at Timezone, where they can play video games, a little Air Hockey, bowling and even Laser Tag. It opens up from 9am until late at Canelands.
Now open, the Dudley Denny City Library has a layout that is both open-plan and packed with features. Not only is there 30 percent more space than the old City Library, this facility boasts the latest technological innovations designed to bring our community into the hi-tech future. From big screens to interactive floor projectors, laptop vending machines to collaborative media screens that talk to mobile devices, a 3D printer, the latest in gaming systems and even a “smart” shelf that checks books in by itself – this library has it all and much more. It’s open Saturdays 9am-3pm and Sundays 10am-2pm