The Mackay Regional Council (MRC) gathered and swore in new members at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) after social distancing measures prevented a meeting in the official Council Chambers.
The council meeting was set up in a 333 square metre space at the MECC, with Mayor Greg Williamson personally pacing out the room.
The event was live-streamed on the MRC website, Youtube and Facebook to ensure the public could be ‘present’ at the event, and gave family and friends the chance to witness the new Councillors’ swearing-in.
According to the MECC, this is the first time a council meeting has been held outside of the official Chambers forum since the council’s establishment in 1869.
It is anticipated that Council meetings will continue to be staged at the MECC for the foreseeable future.
“In the absence of our usual conference, exhibition and theatre events, the MECC team was delighted to swing into action to set up the venue and deliver it to those viewing via the various channels,” Andrew Bobeldyk, Manager, MECC and Events said.
“With strong forward bookings for 2020 and 2021, we’re looking forward to welcoming conference clients back to the MECC, many of whom are multiple-repeat clients and have subsequently become the MECC’s firm friends. We wish them and their families all the very best of good health as we await more buoyant times.”