MACKAY’S free family-friendly water park has reopened its main lagoon in time for the summer school holidays.

Bluewater Lagoon has been closed since mid-July following a large leak and last month, Council was able to reopen the park’s splash pad and children’s pool.

But the lagoons remained closed – until recently.

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Bluewater Lagoon. Photo Mackay Regional Council | Facebook

After staff worked on the water chemistry in the larger body of water, the top lagoon was reopened for the public to enjoy.

Mayor Greg Williamson said Council was excited to reopen the main lagoon in time for the December school holidays.

“We were fortunate to be able to source a contractor who could complete temporary repairs that have allowed us to reopen the lagoon for summer and the rest of the season.

“The weather has certainly been warming up over the last few weeks and we are looking forward to welcoming people back to the Bluewater Lagoon.

“While it has been tremendous to see so many people enjoying our other aquatic facilities while we’ve been completing repairs, such as the Mackay ARC, we’re excited to welcome the public back to our most popular aquatic facility for the festive season.”

The Bluewater Lagoon will be open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 5.45pm until the end of March.

The popular waterpark is just one of several things to do in the Mackay region during the school holidays.

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Every Monday until January 19, children aged 10 to 17 can showcase their artwork in the February Lagoons Gallery Art Exhibition at the Botanic Gardens and go in the draw to win a $50 Wish gift card.

To enter the competition, all they have to do is use their imagination to create a piece of hand-painted canvas art that reflects the theme “Nature”.

For more information visit Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens’ kids’ painting competition event on Facebook here.

Also for young people and families this summer, is Mackay Libraries’ Summer Reading Club.

To encourage summer-long reading until January 1 and win some fantastic local and state prizes, all registered participants, who submit an entry at a library branch, go into the draw to win a double pass to any show in DBT’s Young People Entertainment Season at the MECC 2022 or a $20 QBD book voucher.

For more information visit Mackay Regional Council’s website here.

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And to see out 2021 with a bang – of fireworks – this year’s New Year’s Eve River Party starts at 6pm on Friday 31 December,

This popular free, family fun celebration hosted by Mackay Regional Council, is making a return to the Bluewater Quay, with three hours of non-stop entertainment for the whole family.

Bring in the new year with the Looney Tunes and local musicians Tiffany Grace and Kate Lockyer while grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors on-site and entertaining the kids with amusement rides and free face painting.

And catch Mackay Waterfront’s fireworks display at 9pm and midnight. Say goodbye to 2021, and hello to 2022!

For more information, visit the event on Facebook here.