Queensland’s Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) is on a high after hosting 676 delegates at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Conference.
The annual conference, which was staged at the MECC for the third time, saw record attendance and was the largest conference staged at the MECC since COVID-19 hit in March 2020.
Now in its 125th birthday year, the association represents all 77 Queensland regions and the conference provides an important annual forum at which issues impacting the state’s communities are discussed.
Showcasing the destination’s capacity for large-scale events, the conference gala dinner was held off-site at the nearby The Big Shed venue at the Mackay Showgrounds. The venue encompasses a 2,000 square metre enclosed pavilion, with a similar area of open outdoor space, ideal for off-site functions.
The four-day conference followed the 2021 Mackay Isaac Tourism Awards, where the MECC received the Gold Winner award in the Business Event Venues category for the fourth time, after having won in 2016, 2018, and 2019.
The award recognises the venue’s excellence across aspects such as technical capabilities, staff development, catering and customer experience, and has seen the MECC set a benchmark for regional venues.