A concept image of part of the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area.
A concept image of part of the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area.

Qld election: Mackay wants to connect CBD with waterfront

MACKAY'S sparkling blue Pioneer River will be the centrepiece of the CBD under a plan to transform the area into a waterfront destination.

The Mackay Waterfront project is expected to significantly boost the liveability, economic diversity and tourism appeal of the city and region by redirecting the CBD to the water.

The plan is particularly popular with local residents, who voted to make it the number one state election project they want delivered for the Mackay electorate.

The Daily Mercury recently ran a poll asking our readers to have a say on the top projects and initiatives they wanted our politicians to secure for their region.

The Mackay Waterfront came in second place to Mirani's Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail, with 13 per cent of the vote, or 86 votes.

A concept image of part of the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area.
A concept image of part of the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area.

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Thanks to your votes, the Daily Mercury will advocate for our politicians and political hopefuls to commit to delivering this project in the lead up to the October state election.

What the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) might look like.
What the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) might look like.

What is the project?

The Mackay Waterfront redevelopment will deliver an active and engaging range of spaces and experiences that will unlock the character and true value of Mackay's Pioneer River and

Binnington Esplanade (Town Beach) over a 20-year vision.

It includes:

- Improvements to River Street / Sydney Street pedestrian links

- Bluewater Quay Revitalisation

- Riverside Link - Improved and vibrant connection and lighting, landscaping for relaxation and play, removal of a large shed.

- Fishers Tail - Redirection of River Street, with a new access to the boat ramp via Victoria Street, vast open space and parkland, new jetty and terraced areas to Pioneer River, and connection to Sandfly Creek walk.

Mackay Regional Council will tear down the Seafresh Shed, at 6 River St, as part of the waterfront Priority Development Area. Picture: Zizi Averill
Mackay Regional Council will tear down the Seafresh Shed, at 6 River St, as part of the waterfront Priority Development Area. Picture: Zizi Averill

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What is needed?

Mackay Regional Council has committed $50 million in the long-term financial forecast to support the public realm and infrastructure improvements, on the assumption there will be matched joint funding support from the State and Federal governments.