Mackay Regional Council Corporate Plan 2015-2020

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Corporate Plan
Area: Mackay Region
Published: April 27, 2015 - Archived Project


Mackay Regional Council is currently preparing our Corporate Plan for the next five years.

The Corporate Plan is a principal planning tool which will guide Council’s decision-making into the future, and inform the community of the reasons why Council decisions are made.

The Plan draws on feedback received from the Community Attitude Survey, which saw 962 individuals in the Mackay region surveyed, and through numerous workshops with key stakeholders such as the Diversify Mackay Leadership Alliance.

The Plan identifies eight priority areas to focus on over the next five years, including:

  • Economy;
  • Community pride;
  • Regional identity;
  • Health and wellbeing;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Lifelong learning; and
  • Organisational performance.

Do you want to have your say?

You can view the draft Plan here, and you are welcome to provide your feedback in our Guestbook below before consultation closes on 15 May.

If you have any enquiries about this process or would like to speak to someone about the draft Corporate Plan, please contact the Community Engagement team on 4961 9975 or email engagement@mackay.qld.gov.au.


Area: Mackay Region
Published: April 27, 2015 - Archived Project


Mackay Regional Council is currently preparing our Corporate Plan for the next five years.

The Corporate Plan is a principal planning tool which will guide Council’s decision-making into the future, and inform the community of the reasons why Council decisions are made.

The Plan draws on feedback received from the Community Attitude Survey, which saw 962 individuals in the Mackay region surveyed, and through numerous workshops with key stakeholders such as the Diversify Mackay Leadership Alliance.

The Plan identifies eight priority areas to focus on over the next five years, including:

  • Economy;
  • Community pride;
  • Regional identity;
  • Health and wellbeing;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Lifelong learning; and
  • Organisational performance.

Do you want to have your say?

You can view the draft Plan here, and you are welcome to provide your feedback in our Guestbook below before consultation closes on 15 May.

If you have any enquiries about this process or would like to speak to someone about the draft Corporate Plan, please contact the Community Engagement team on 4961 9975 or email engagement@mackay.qld.gov.au.


Guest Book

Please leave your comments on the draft Corporate Plan here:

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

I understand that the plan is a general statement of intent but I would like to see more focus on health issues, particularly for seniors. It is not Council responsibility to supply aged care but so many aged citizens are living in very difficult circumstances. The demand for nursing home beds is far greater than the supply and services in the home not always easy to access. Is it possible for Council to increase their awareness of this and lobby to the appropriate bodies? Ongoing consultation with seniors is essential and possible needs to be broadened to understand the issues. The exercise programs and facilities are excellent but in general they meet the needs of a different age group. I know the Council strives to care for its citizens so hope in raising this I am not suggesting the impossible. Jenny Scott

J. Scott over 5 years ago

I understand that the plan is a general statement of intent but I would like to see more focus on health issues, particularly for seniors. It is not Council responsibility to supply aged care but so many aged citizens are living in very difficult circumstances. The demand for nursing home beds is far greater than the supply and services in the home not always easy to access. Is it possible for Council to increase their awareness of this and lobby to the appropriate bodies? Ongoing consultation with seniors is essential and possible needs to be broadened to understand the issues. The exercise programs and facilities are excellent but in general they meet the needs of a different age group. I know the Council strives to care for its citizens so hope in raising this I am not suggesting the impossible.

J. Scott over 5 years ago

The Draft Corporate Plan does not place enough emphasis on the Economy. The plan should include a measurable outcome of reducing rates and charges. This needs to run through the entire document. In the section, "What we want to see by 2020", which sounds wonderful if it could be achieved, I think two areas need more thought. 1. Why does council wish/need to be involved in the provision of educational and lifelong learning opportunities? Libraries yes, but helping universities to attract young people to their tertiary institutions no. Council will not get and keep young people if the cost of living is too high in Mackay. Higher Rates, Higher rental costs.etc etc.2. For Mackay to have a diverse, buoyant economy, (which also needs to be resilient) overheads for small business need to reduce which includes rates and charges. Council can not keep putting rates up to fund new ideas. More emphasis needs to be on creating a council which supports (not monetary but with great infrastructure and facilities) existing small businesses rather than proactively attracting more competition so existing businesses fail. Case in point with the accommodation sector. Council, with the help of the now defunct REDC proactively encouraged new Accommodation properties to open in Mackay between 2005 and 2013 offering them numerous incentitives to come to Mackay. When the Ibis Motel opens at the Airport this year there will be approximately 2370 Motel/ Holiday Apartments rooms in Mackay. In 2012 there were 844. In 2012 they ran at around 80% occupancy. Today that is as low as 25%. In the last 12 months 8 Motels/Apartments have gone into liquidation, walked out, or closed down. Watch this space for more to come. Council does not need to hunt for new retail outlets to replace the empty CBD shops or the same will happen with retail shops. In the plan itself there is far too much emphasis on the development or updating of plans, strategies, working groups, feasibility studies, etc etc but very little productive work. In a time when Mackay is in a recession the Council needs to be spending money on labour intensive services not on report writing that keeps council officers busy, or more likely consultants, but has no value added benefit to the local economy. Now would be a great time to spend money that ratepayers see, on installing bike paths across the entire city, doing street beautification works and creating suburb identities by erecting entrance signs. This would all help in giving local communities a sense of place and show our Rates being used for the betterment of the entire community.In summary, the Corporate Plan needs to focus more on the local economy. It needs to acknowledge the tough times our businesses are having at the moment and work towards reducing to tax burden for these small businesses. Finally please don't look at commercial opportunities for council. It is not councils role to compete with private enterprise and never should be.Thanks for the opportunity to comment. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss further.RegardsKerryn Beck

Kerryn Beck over 5 years ago

I have a proposal for an infrastructure/environmental/well-being project in Walkerston.The community would benefit enormously from a shady pleasant walking track along the northern side of Bakers Creek from Kirkup Bridge to either Anne Street or McLennan's Park. Schools would be able to conduct hands-on classes at their back door and the residents could form a 'Friends of the Creek' group to help maintain, enhance and keep tidy the walkway and the creek habitat. This would be seen as a WIN for Walkerston and a WIN for council. - Daryl Barnes.

Daryl5Fadden over 5 years ago

Can we please do something about the footpath on Norris rd, Mt Pleasant? It is barely wide enough for one person/stroller and the holes are big enough to cause severe injuries to some one in a wheel chair. I believe that this requires fixing as it is a highly used path due to the school being there. The path near the school is beautiful (Thank You) but the rest could do with a face lift, after all the council is promoting a healthier life...and this footpath is being used by many walkers/runners and kids walking to and from school. The path also leads to the recreation facility and the skiing park. Thank you for all the other services that the rates are providing for but this will not only benefits the residents on this street but all the other users as well. Thank you.

Geeta over 5 years ago