Feast of St Francis of Assisi - Blessing of pets

In celebration of the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, the Kerrisdale Garden Chapel invites you to bring your feathered and furry loved ones to the blessing of pets and animals!

The family-friendly service will be held on Sunday 6th October at 10am and led by ecumenical Chapel Community members on the front lawn of Kerrisdale Gardens.

St Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and the environment and his ongoing legacy is more important than ever. We have a special responsibility to look after the animals both within our care, and who we share this world with.

You're invited to bring your (restrained) dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and even horses for the blessing.

WHERE: Kerrisdale Gardens (35 Norwood Pde, Beaconsfield)
WHEN: Sunday 6th Oct
TIME: 10am

RSVP HERE!

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Sausages For Sustainability!

Join us and other-like minded locals for a beautiful day in the Mackay Community Gardens for a sausage sizzle lunch! Vegetarian and vegan options will be provided - all you have to do is BYO drinks. 

Organised by our West Mackay Community Leader, Brooke, the lunch will be a chance to talk about anything environmental in a casual setting. 

What environmental issues concern you? What parts of nature do you love and want to conserve for the future? Or do you just want to learn more? Come along and have a chat with us!

Meat sausages proudly sponsored by the local and sustainable Freckle Farm.

WHEN: Sunday 29th Sep, 2019
TIME: 12PM - 2PM
WHERE: Mackay Community Garden (Sarah St, West Mackay)

For catering purposes, please RSVP here!

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Sep 20 - Mackay Global Climate Strike

School strikers around the globe are calling on EVERYONE to join them for the SEP 20 - Global Climate Strike!

Mackay high-school students, School Strike 4 Climate and Mackay Conservation Group have been working hard to make this the biggest and loudest school strike yet!

WHERE: Jubilee Park, Mackay (corner of Wellington St and Alfred St)

WHEN: Friday, September 20th 2019

TIME: 12pm - 1:30pm

BRING: Banners, signs, instruments and voices!

Click here to RSVP and for more information

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Great Barrier Reef Forum 1st October 2019

~ WATER QUALITY AND THE GREAT BARRIER REEF FORUM ~

Learn about the opportunities we have to alleviate the Reef from one of its leading pressures.


With talks from a diverse array of experts in the field, including: Jon Brodie (scientist), Katrina Dent (Reef Catchments), Simon Mattsson (cane farmer), Hon. Leeanne Enoch (QLD Environment Minister).

 

WHEN: 1ST OCTOBER, 2019
TIME: 7:00 - 8:30PM
WHERE: THE MACKAY ENTERTAINMENT CONVENTION CENTRE 258 Alfred St, Mackay QLD 4740

 

Click here to RSVP and for more information.

 

Turtle photo credit: The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Richard Vevers. 

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Science At The Pub!

Mackay Conservation Group, in support of National Science Week and in collaboration with the Australian Science Channel and BBC Earth are proud to present:

SCINEMA 2019 - Putting the science in cinema!

The SCINEMA Festival will bring you 4 short films about the environment to a family-friendly event hosted at the Metropolitan Hotel here in Mackay on Saturday 31 August. Come along at 6.30pm to grab yourself a drink and dinner for a 7pm kickoff.

Proudly supported by BBC Earth, SCINEMA is provided by Australia’s ScienceChannel and is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere. The festival presents films about the wonders and achievements of Australian scientific discoveries, old and new; to inspire the young, satisfy the curious, explain the baffling and ask the impossible.

Love film? Interested in environmental science? Welcome to SCINEMA!

Secure your FREE tickets today!

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Intercept Mackay's Marine Debris, 4th July 2019

Did you know that many of Mackay's drains in the CBD have litter traps? This is netting or mesh designed to catch rubbish and debris before it washes into the ocean. Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group Inc., Mackay Regional Council, Reef Catchments and the Cleanwater Group are auditing these traps and you can help!

By sorting and recording what washes into the drains, Mackay Council can better understand what type of rubbish and attitudes they need to focus on changing.

This child-friendly event is on Thursday 4th July, from 12 - 2:30pm at Jubilee Park.

For more information and to RSVP, click here!

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Mackay council's free native plant giveaway

Yes, you read right - Mackay Regional Council is giving away free native plants! The first free giveaway is at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens this Saturday, June 1 from 9am - 2pm.

It's all part of a new program aimed at increasing the number of native plants in local gardens. Ratepayers can choose four native plants each year to take home and add to their backyards.

Native plants can provide habitat and food for local wildlife, need less water than exotic plants and survive easily in our warm, tropical climate.

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Help bring the new Sea Shepherd film to Mackay!

Book your ticket before midday on Tuesday 4th June to help bring the new Sea Shepherd film to Mackay! If enough tickets are pre-booked, 'Defend, Conserve, Protect' will screen on Wed, June 12 6:30pm at BCC Cinemas, Mackay City.

This powerful documentary is screening in regional and city locations ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8th. 

Filmed in the world's only international Whale Sanctuary of Antarctica, 'Defend, Conserve, Protect' follows the Sea Shepherd crew in their fight to protect endangered Minke whales from the Japanese whaling fleet. Narrated by Ghostbusters star, Dan Aykroyd, it's an inspiring call to stand up for what you believe in.

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Say G'day at Wintermoon

moira.jpgCome say G’day to the MCG team at Wintermoon from Fri 3rd - Mon 6th May! We’ll be talking with people about the Adani coal mine, climate change and reef water quality. There’ll also be fun activities for the kids (and big kids) including cardboard critter and face painting.

With only 2 weeks until the federal election, it’s a crucial time for us to make sure that as many people as possible know what’s at risk and that their vote counts. Adani has become the biggest election issue and for good reason. If it goes ahead, it will set off a domino effect of even more coal mega-mines in the Galilee Basin. This is at a time when the majority of QLD is still in drought and scientists have agreed we need to start transitioning away from fossil fuels.

With your help, we can ensure that Wintermoon is a big win for changing hearts and minds. You can help us make this THE climate election!

If you can help out on the stall for a few hours, call Emma on 0437 742 747 or email emma@mackayconservationgroup.org.au

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August meeting - Mackay's mangroves

Our monthly meetings are great opportunities for members, volunteers and curious others to catch up and hear about MCG's work and upcoming events. 

This month's guest speaker is Pierre Craven, Head of Science at Mackay Christian College, who has been directing the school's senior students in their new mangrove research program.

The innovative project involves students using real-life techniques to study the carbon storage potential and biomass of mangroves in the Pioneer River.

The data collected will be sent and used by renowned mangrove ecologist, Dr Norman Duke from James Cook University, who is also the project's scientific mentor.

Can the mangroves of Mackay help fight climate change? Come along and find out!

Tuesday 21 August, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Environment Centre, 156 Wood St. 

RSVP HERE!

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