The Queensland Government has declared a priority development area on 170ha within the Mackay CBD, paving the way for a raft of revitalisation projects.
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the Mackay Waterfront PDA declaration would enable Mackay Regional Council to pursue its plan to transform the city’s waterfronts and CBD.
“This declaration will be a catalyst to stimulate the Mackay region’s economy, create jobs, increase investor confidence, and deliver more community infrastructure and public facilities,” Mr Dick said.
“Mackay Regional Council is to be congratulated on the way it has approached this important city-shaping project, particularly the way it has engaged with its ratepayers and brought the community along on this journey.”
Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said the PDA declaration was wonderful news for the city.
“I am very happy that the State Government has been so responsive to the council’s calls for this PDA,” Cr Williamson said.
“It spans about 172ha including the southern side of the Pioneer River, the CBD, and water frontage along Binnington Esplanade (Town Beach), and consists of five distinct precincts – Mackay City Centre, Riverside, Enterprise, Queens Park and Beachside.
“Each precinct offers unique attributes and redevelopment opportunities specific to their location and will be redeveloped progressively.”
The community played a significant role in designing the various precincts within the PDA and will have a further opportunity to comment once the proposed development scheme is publicly notified in late-2018.
The PDA takes effect from Friday, May 25.