Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA)

Area: Mackay Region, Mackay CBD, East Mackay
Published: 5 November 2017 - Consultation is open - Current Project


The Mackay Waterfront is set to be a game changer for the region.

Boasting a diverse strong economy, the Mackay region has experienced the most prolonged period of growth in recent history. Mackay has established itself as a modern regional city, with low unemployment, an enviable lifestyle, liveable tropical climate and opportunities in investment and economic development.

The Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on May 25, 2018 to kick start this visionary project that will transform the city and unlock the true value of Queensland's Bluewater Edge. The PDA was declared to establish the necessary policy and governance framework to support the PDA vision, Mackay Waterfront Master Plan, and the intended development, investment, economic and community outcomes for the area.

The redevelopment of the waterfront areas will set the scene for significant urban transformation for the city, that establishes Mackay as a nationally recognised destination of choice to live, work, invest, do business, study and holiday. The PDA will build upon the area’s exceptional natural, cultural and heritage assets within the city centre environment as part of an ongoing process of evolution and positive change. The rejuvenation of the public realm and investment opportunities across the five PDA precincts will:

  • improve the city’s and region’s liveability and loveability
  • create jobs, diversify the economy and increase business and prosperity
  • boost and support investment confidence across the region
  • contribute to the region’s character, identity and community connections
  • complement and support the region’s places, facilities, attractions, features, offerings and activities.

The identification of public realm investment is a significant catalyst to attract private investment and it is the private investment in the PDA that will deliver a more diversified regional economy. The PDA Development Scheme supports the potential public investment by facilitating a range of development and investment opportunities across the PDA under a streamlined assessment process.

The PDA provides significant opportunities to redevelop the Pioneer River and Binnington Esplanade waterfronts; establishing a precinct for innovation and knowledge industries; promoting the City centre as a key business hub; and providing exciting and activated streets, places and attractions that improve the city’s liveability, tourism appeal, and investment attraction.


Draft Mackay Waterfront Master Plan

The public has played an integral part in the vision and objectives for this project with consultation starting in 2017 and continuing in 2018. During these valuable consultation periods, the Mackay community has generously put forward their thoughts, ideas and aspirations for the public realm and community opportunities, preferred building types, and general development opportunities across the Mackay Waterfront area. This valued input has shaped and informed the vision, principles and concepts in the draft Mackay Waterfront Master Plan.

The draft Master Plan sets out the public realm vision and concepts for the Mackay Waterfront over the next 20 year period to inform more detailed design of individual projects in the future and complement the objectives and requirements of the PDA development scheme. The purpose of the Master Plan is to establish the overall vision for the Mackay Waterfront through the incorporation of the community’s ideas and previous investigations completed by council for areas within the PDA and will be a living, evolving document to inform further design and respond to opportunities and constraints that emerge.


PDA development scheme

Following endorsement by Mackay Regional Council, the Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Scheme (development scheme) was approved by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland and became effective on 24 May 2019.

The development scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the PDA. The development scheme supersedes the Mackay Waterfront PDA Interim Land Use Plan, which no longer has effect.

For more information on the development scheme and development assessment in the PDA, visit the Mackay Waterfront PDA webpage on council's website.


Related PDA projects

Find out the latest on the Queens Park Revitalisation Project visit Connecting Mackay Queens Park.


Keep up-to-date on the progress of the Mackay Waterfront with Project Update emails. To subscribe click the Stay Informed button on the right of this page.


Area: Mackay Region, Mackay CBD, East Mackay
Published: 5 November 2017 - Consultation is open - Current Project


The Mackay Waterfront is set to be a game changer for the region.

Boasting a diverse strong economy, the Mackay region has experienced the most prolonged period of growth in recent history. Mackay has established itself as a modern regional city, with low unemployment, an enviable lifestyle, liveable tropical climate and opportunities in investment and economic development.

The Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on May 25, 2018 to kick start this visionary project that will transform the city and unlock the true value of Queensland's Bluewater Edge. The PDA was declared to establish the necessary policy and governance framework to support the PDA vision, Mackay Waterfront Master Plan, and the intended development, investment, economic and community outcomes for the area.

The redevelopment of the waterfront areas will set the scene for significant urban transformation for the city, that establishes Mackay as a nationally recognised destination of choice to live, work, invest, do business, study and holiday. The PDA will build upon the area’s exceptional natural, cultural and heritage assets within the city centre environment as part of an ongoing process of evolution and positive change. The rejuvenation of the public realm and investment opportunities across the five PDA precincts will:

  • improve the city’s and region’s liveability and loveability
  • create jobs, diversify the economy and increase business and prosperity
  • boost and support investment confidence across the region
  • contribute to the region’s character, identity and community connections
  • complement and support the region’s places, facilities, attractions, features, offerings and activities.

The identification of public realm investment is a significant catalyst to attract private investment and it is the private investment in the PDA that will deliver a more diversified regional economy. The PDA Development Scheme supports the potential public investment by facilitating a range of development and investment opportunities across the PDA under a streamlined assessment process.

The PDA provides significant opportunities to redevelop the Pioneer River and Binnington Esplanade waterfronts; establishing a precinct for innovation and knowledge industries; promoting the City centre as a key business hub; and providing exciting and activated streets, places and attractions that improve the city’s liveability, tourism appeal, and investment attraction.


Draft Mackay Waterfront Master Plan

The public has played an integral part in the vision and objectives for this project with consultation starting in 2017 and continuing in 2018. During these valuable consultation periods, the Mackay community has generously put forward their thoughts, ideas and aspirations for the public realm and community opportunities, preferred building types, and general development opportunities across the Mackay Waterfront area. This valued input has shaped and informed the vision, principles and concepts in the draft Mackay Waterfront Master Plan.

The draft Master Plan sets out the public realm vision and concepts for the Mackay Waterfront over the next 20 year period to inform more detailed design of individual projects in the future and complement the objectives and requirements of the PDA development scheme. The purpose of the Master Plan is to establish the overall vision for the Mackay Waterfront through the incorporation of the community’s ideas and previous investigations completed by council for areas within the PDA and will be a living, evolving document to inform further design and respond to opportunities and constraints that emerge.


PDA development scheme

Following endorsement by Mackay Regional Council, the Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Scheme (development scheme) was approved by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland and became effective on 24 May 2019.

The development scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the PDA. The development scheme supersedes the Mackay Waterfront PDA Interim Land Use Plan, which no longer has effect.

For more information on the development scheme and development assessment in the PDA, visit the Mackay Waterfront PDA webpage on council's website.


Related PDA projects

Find out the latest on the Queens Park Revitalisation Project visit Connecting Mackay Queens Park.


Keep up-to-date on the progress of the Mackay Waterfront with Project Update emails. To subscribe click the Stay Informed button on the right of this page.