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

Under sections 63(3)(b) and 67(2) of the Economic Development Act 2012, the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ), gives notice under s69 ( 406.3 KB) that the Mackay City Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) Development Scheme has been amended.

The amendment took effect on 1 March 2024.

For more information please visit Mackay Regional 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 ( 4.9 MB) was amended on 1 March 2024 is the regulatory document that assists with planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling land development within a PDA. Public notification for the proposed amendment occurred from 4 September 2023 to 4 October 2023. Written submissions were received by Mackay Regional Council. View the submissions report ( 571.9 KB).

The previous Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Scheme (PDF, 3.5 MB) was approved on 17 May 2019 and became effective on 24 May 2019.

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: 01 Mar 2024