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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

ATSICHS Mackay – Dad’s Day Out


A fun day at the park for Dads and their kids. Take this opportunity to connect with other dad’s and share your stories and journeys.

Activities and games with prizes to be won.

Lunch and snacks provided.


Saturaday, 30th January

10:00am – 2:00pm

Quota Park, Bridge Road (beach end)

Family Fun Day Australia Day Event 

Head along to this fantastic Family Fun Day at Whitsunday Green.

A fun day of fun with amusement rides, sausage sizzles, lamington making station, games and activities.



Tuesday 26th January, 2021

10:00am – onwards

For more information call 07 49461190.

Australia Day Family Fun Day – Whitsunday Sailing Expo

The 2021 Sports Expo and Sign-on event is going ONLINE!

The online expo will use advanced software called Story Maps which will allow the public to view more than 90 sport and recreation options in the Mackay region with just a computer, laptop or mobile device.

A wide range of sporting organisations, teams and active leisure groups will be displayed online to provide a ‘one stop information shop’ of exciting get-active opportunities on offer in our region.

·     90+ sport and recreation exhibitors will be on display on the online portal
·     Eight action-packed active zone demonstrations will be available to watch
·     Prizes will be on offer for local clubs/exhibitors and the general public
·     A men’s Big Bash 2008 squad cricket bat will also be up for grabs!

The Sports Expo and Sign-on online portal link will also be available on mackay.qld.gov.au/onlinesportexpo in late January.

headspace Free Sarina Community Training Courses 

Conversations about suicide – a free training course for parents and interested community memebers. 

For more information contact Madonna McLeod on 48982200 or email mmcleod@naphl.com.au

headspace – Free Community Training Course 

Conversations about Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

headspace Sarina is hosting a free training sessions about non-suicidal self injury. 

This training will be taking place at the Sarina Leagues Club on the 24th of February. 

For more information, please contact Madonnna McLeod on 48982200 or mmcleod@naphl.com.au.

Australia Day Family Fun Day – Whitsunday Sailing Expo

The Whistunday Sailing Expo is officially opening the sailing calendar for 2021 with a free family fun day on Australia Day! for more information email events@whitsundaysailingclub.com.au or call 4946 6138.

Australia Day Family Fun Day – Whitsunday Sailing Expo

The Mackay and District Australian South Sea Islander Association (MADASSIA) invites you to their Aussie Family BBQ as part of Australia Day celebrations.

Join in the FREE BBQ, beach games and loads of other family friendly activities at:
Quota Park (south end of Binnington Esplanade) 
Tuesday, January 26

BYO hat, sunscreen and chair

For more information, call Starrett on 0488 113 181


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

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!

One World: Together At Home Special to Celebrate COVID-19 Workers

Watch as Celebrities, Global Citizen, the World Health Organisation and healthcare expert come together to raise funds for global COVID-19 response.

Eddie Jaku Turns 100

On the 14th of April, Eddie Jaku turned 100! Being a Holocaust survivor and self-proclaimed “happiest man on earth” is not letting COVID-19 damping his spirits.

Check out Eddie’s Ted Talk from last year on “A holocaust survivor’s blueprint for happiness”

Good News Network 

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ABC Good News

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QLD Australia 4740