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Public Notice - Proposed Amendments to the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) Development Scheme

Under the provisions of the Economic Development Act 2012 Mackay Regional Council, as delegate of the Minister for Economic Development Queensland, gives notice ( 145.3 KB) that an amendment to the Mackay City Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) Development Scheme is currently undergoing public notification. The public notification period for the amendment is from Monday 4 September 2023 to Wednesday 4 October 2023. A copy of the proposed amended scheme is available here ( 9.7 MB).

For more information and to make a submission about the proposed amendment, please visit council’s website Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) | Connecting Mackay

Key details

Development in the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) will revitalise land and infrastructure within the Mackay city centre, along the Pioneer River waterfront, through Queens Park and along the Binnington Esplanade waterfront, creating social, liveability and economic benefits for the whole community.

The PDA covers approximately 172 hectares close to the Mackay Airport, the Bruce and Peak Downs Highways and the Port of Mackay.

It includes land and water along the southern side of the Pioneer River, parts of the city centre and adjacent coastal water frontage along Binnington Esplanade.

The PDA was declared on 25 May 2018 at the request of Mackay Regional Council.

Development scheme

The Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Scheme (PDF, 3.5 MB) is the regulatory document that assists with planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling land development within a PDA. The development scheme was approved on 17 May 2019 and became effective on 24 May 2019.

From 5 November to 19 December 2018 the proposed development scheme for Mackay Waterfront PDA was publicly notified. Written submissions were received by Mackay Regional Council. View the submissions report (PDF, 513 KB).

Development assessment

Mackay Regional Council assesses development applications for this PDA.

All development applications are assessed against the Mackay Waterfront PDA development scheme.

Prior to the approval of the development scheme, development within the PDA was regulated under the Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP). Download the Mackay Waterfront PDA Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) (PDF, 11.2 MB).


Funding and building infrastructure is key to facilitating development within PDAs and is outlined in the Infrastructure Funding Framework (PDF, 1.5 MB).

Development project

Mackay Waterfront

Mackay Waterfront PDA regulatory map

Download the Mackay Waterfront PDA regulatory map (PDF icon 511 KB).

Mackay Waterfront PDA boundary map

Last updated: 20 Sep 2023