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.
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).
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).
Mackay Waterfront PDA regulatory map
Mackay Waterfront PDA boundary map
Last updated: 20 Sep 2023