Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022

The Mackay Region of Queensland, located on the picturesque coast half-way between Brisbane and Cairns, offers a vibrant regional business event destination in Australia. An enviable climate, award-winning convention centre, affordable accommodation, wide open, uncrowded spaces in which to unwind and a suite of interesting off-site event locations and activities complete the picture. Prestigious national conferences showcase Mackay Mackay’s appeal and diversity as a business events destination has recently been showcased by two prestigious conferences. The 8th Annual Developing Northern Australia (DNA) Conference and the Provincial Surgeons of Australia 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting were staged at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre in July and August respectively. Both conferences took advantage of Mackay’s unique business and industry strengths, selecting interesting off-site locations for their technical touring and social programmes. Highlighting the Mackay Region’s mining industry credentials, the DNA Conference Welcome Function, hosted by the Mackay Regional Council, was staged at the underground mine simulator at the Resources Centre of Excellence (RCOE), a truly unique Mackay venue, located only a short drive from the Mackay CBD. More than 400 delegates attended the conference, with the RCOE also being the location for one of the conference study tours. Other tours focused on Mackay’s cultural, heritage and architectural features, as well as its sugar cane industry which includes biofuel production. A ‘must-include’ on the programme was the opportunity to enjoy a ‘beach sunrise with wallabies and kangaroos’, one of Australia’s iconic wildlife experiences which takes place at Cape Hillsborough each morning. The Provincial Surgeons Association (PSA) Conference, which also received support from Mackay Regional Council, incorporated several of Mackay’s charming off-site venues into its programme. The conference welcome function and PSA dinner were staged at the Mackay Surf Life Saving Club, enjoying its extensive balconies and function space overlooking the sparkling blue waters of Harbour Beach. The conference gala dinner was held at a rural property operated by the Note Park Grazing Company, just 30 kilometres west of Mackay. In addition to being an REGION EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS MACKAY Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre [ AUSTRAL I A – MACKAY The Underground Mine Simulator at the Resource Centre of Excellence [44] meeting newz [sept oct] 2022