May 24, 2019

State signs off on Mackay Waterfront scheme

State signs off on Mackay Waterfront scheme An artists' impression of Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Scheme improvements (indicative only).

Mackay Regional Council has the green light for a proposed development scheme to revitalise the city centre and waterfront area.

State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick has approved the council’s proposed Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Scheme.

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said it was fantastic to see the project reach another significant milestone.

“The development scheme is critical to inform council’s public realm investment,” Mr Williamson said.

“The identification of public realm investment is a significant catalyst to attract private investment and it is the private investment in our PDA that will deliver us the boost to our regional economy and the contribution to our region’s liveability that we are all seeking.

“The five precincts of the PDA offer a huge range of development and investment opportunities and, with the adoption of the development scheme, we now have the green light to be able to meet with parties interested in developing and investing within the PDA.”

Member for Mackay and Assistant Minister for State Development Julieanne Gilbert said the approval would be a catalyst for the rejuvenation of the five precincts in the PDA: Mackay City Centre, Riverside, Enterprise, Queens Park and Beachside.

“It will improve the city and the region’s liveability, create jobs and boost investment confidence in Mackay,” she said.

“It will also result in greater pedestrian and cycling access, encouraging convenient and safe active travel between precincts, attractions and facilities.”

The Mackay Waterfront PDA spans about 172 hectares and includes the southern side of the Pioneer River, the CBD, and water frontage along Binnington Esplanade (Town Beach).

For further information about the PDA, and to view the submissions report, visit

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