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Although it may not always seem like it, there is still plenty of good news, particularly in communities across our region.  It is important to turn give yourself time to appreciate some wonderful examples of our human spirit, fantastic innovations and simply fun stuff.  Even in the midst of uncertainty, there are great insights and much to be grateful for.

If you have any news or updates you wish to share, please email sheaward@selectability.com.au

Youth Week – Isaac Region

Cricket, art, dive-in movie nights at the pool and scary film trailer making are among a bunch of seriously cool activities planned for the inaugural Isaac Region Youth Month.

Isaac Regional Council is presenting a special month-long’s worth of free activities and events in Clermont, Dysart, Glenden, Middlemount, Moranbah, Nebo and the Isaac Coast from 19 March 2021 to 21 April 2021.

Check out the full calendar of events by visiting Isaac Regional Council website and register for as many events as you like online. All events will operate in accordance with a COVID Safe event checklist.

Crisis Support Space

The Crisis Support Space can support individuals who are;

– Over 18

– Experiencing mental health or emotional crisis

– Who do not require immediate medical assessment or treatment

Present to Emergency Deparment at Mackay Base



Rotary Lift the Lid Walk

Rotary is seeking your support in the ongoing fight against mental illness.  Rotary has been long-term partner in running the Mental Health Fair. A lot of factors have decreed that we now move to an outdoor event.

We are asking that you come along set up a stall at Blue Water Quay, to promote the support you offer to the general public and to be part of the national Lift the Lid walk.  It will be held on

Sunday 18th April starting at 9 am and a BBQ to finish. All funds raised will go to Mental Health Research.

Click here to book now

OzHelp – Care for Rural Queensland 

Know some one in rural or regional Queensland who’d be interested in this FREE workshop?
Participants can learn how to support family, friends and community with OzHelp’s CARE for Rural Australia program this March.
OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) has partnered with Dr. Meg Perceval, Be Health, and the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) through Griffith University to deliver CARE for Rural Australia, coming to regional, rural, and remote Queensland in March 2021.
Click here to book now

Mackay Marina Run

The Mackay Marina Run is the signature running event for the exciting and expanding city of Mackay. The event celebrates the role that fun and fitness has in the community.
While attracting running enthusiasts from around the country it also has a key focus of attracting first time competitors through the provision of a half marathon, eight km, five km fun run, corporate challenge and 3km kids dash 
Click here to register
Click here to head to the Facebook page


ATSICHS Men’s Group is starting back from the 5th February, 2021! For more information contact Andrew on 0455 027 504

Free Counselling for Carers

Are you in the role of a carer and need support? 

selectability understands that carers perform an essential role that is often taken on with little support. 

selectability are offering Carers Counselling sessions which can be delivered online, via video link, in person or via phone. 

For more information please call 0748643040 or 0448567523

Bowen Neighbourhood Centre

As restrictions have been sufficiently lifted, the Mingle and Move Program has recommenced at the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre.    There were still six weeks of the initial 12 week program left to complete when COVID restrictions were announced. 

The project is a joint initiative of the NQ Sporting Foundation (NQ Funded program), the Whitsunday Shire Council and the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre. The initiative targets those community members who may be at risk of social isolation to reengage with others in a fun and supportive way. There is no cost to participants.  

Icebreaker activities occur at the start of each session so that participants get to know each other a little better with a view to facilitating friendships with other like-minded participants.   It is further anticipated that participants physical activities will increase post the program and that they may have formed a friendship to attend future activities with, or even go out for a coffee together.    

The activities in the program have included boxing, yoga, meditation, lawn bowls, water aerobics and line dancing.  

Biometrics were taken at the start of the program for comparison at the end.  The Whitsunday Shire Council normally provide a healthy morning tea after each of the weekly events for participants to stay on and have a chat which further enhances community connectiveness and therefore reduces feelings of social isolation.

Well done to all involved with such a fantastic way to connect members of the community, in a healthy way!

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QLD Australia 4740