For North Queensland Bulk Ports, sponsorship is about a connection with our stakeholders and the community.

We support many and varied initiatives that benefit the wider community and relate to the following areas of port community interest:

  • community health and well-being
  • environment
  • education and training
  • regional sustainability
  • culture and community

How to apply for sponsorship

EcoPorts grants

EcoPorts provides $10,000 in funding to local schools within our port communities of Mackay, Hay Point, Abbot Point and Weipa.

EcoPorts: Funding grass root environment projects

Schools can apply for individual grants of $1,000, with ten $1,000 grants awarded to schools to fund grassroots environmental projects. These projects encourage student involvement in sustainability projects and promote long-term benefits for their community.

Learn more about our EcoPorts School Grants Program

2021 EcoPorts Grants Recipients

  • Mackay District Special School – A "Cash for Cans" recycle program for students with disabilities. This project will also lead to future post-school options for students on Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement pathways, either in volunteer or paid work.
  • Holy Spirit College (secondary school) – Recycling stations. Implementation of several recycling stations around the school to promote the importance/benefits of recycling.
  • Mackay Christian College – School Garden/Interactive Play Space – i.e. converting a long, tyre-based retaining wall into class gardens and play spaces. This project would promote the importance of recycling materials (tyres) in creating practical and sustainable solutions.
  • St Joseph’s Catholic School – Chicken Coop and Vegetable Garden. This project will encourage children to engage with nature and animals and will help them understand the importance of sustainability, and responsible and positive environmental practices.
  • Walkerston State School – Kitchen Garden, Composting and Worm Farm Extension. This will help teach students about sustainable gardening and shows them that growing food or creating a new garden is good for the environment and easy to do.
  • Mackay North State High School – Compost and Recycling Bins. The project would promote composting and recycling throughout the school, saving unnecessary items going into landfill.
  • Pioneer State High School – Aquatic Drone Program. The program teaches students the technical elements of piloting a tethered drone and is linked to environmental management and resource use. Funding would allow the expansion of the program to involve Slade Point State School and to subsidise the cost of excursions to the Mackay Marina.
  • Glenella State School – Fish in Schools Project. The project will work with the Fish in Schools program, an Australia New Guinea Fishes Association initiative aimed at conserving local freshwater fish species and educating students about the impact of invasive fish.
  • Bowen State School – Kitchen Garden. The Kitchen Garden will teach students how to grow fruit and vegetables and promote healthier food messages to the school community.
  • Queens Beach State school – Kitchen Garden. Students will learn how to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs that will be used in classroom recipes to encourage children to eat healthier.
  • St Joseph’s Weipa – a Shade Cover for existing school garden (a previous EcoPorts project). A shade cover will provide shade for plants that are not hardy and sun tolerant and will offer sun protection for students looking after the garden.

Sponsored events and major partnerships

We’re proud North Queenslanders sponsoring regional events such as the Mackay Marina Run, one of the region’s premier sporting events.

Fellow northerners, the North Queensland Cowboys, recently joined in partnership with us to bring the club’s acclaimed community development program to the port communities of Hay Point (Sarina), Mackay, Abbot Point (Bowen) and Weipa.

Supporting Holy Spirit College Students
Alligator Creek State School's Learn-to-Swim
EcoPorts Grants winner - Gumlu State School

Bulk Ports Blitzes with the North Queensland Cowboys

Each year, the Cowboys stage four ‘Bulk Ports Blitzes’: a two-day, action-packed community program, across our port community schools.

These include a Cowboys hosted training session, giving local students the opportunity to hone their skills with the North’s premier rugby league team. As well as skills on the field, the students learn first-hand how success in any endeavour is built on commitment and making the right choices off the field.

On day two, the Cowboys visit up to five schools, delivering their program. Tailored to each school’s needs, this program uses the personality power of the players to encourage kids to make the right choices for success.

Learn more about our partnership.

North Queensland Cowboys hit Bowen
Hay Point Bulk Port Blitz