About the Priority Development Area

The Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) became effective by regulation on 25 May 2018. This PDA was requested by Mackay Regional Council (council).

The PDA is approximately 172 hectares and is centrally located within the Mackay urban area and includes land and water along the southern side of the Pioneer River, including parts of the city centre, and extends east to the adjacent coastal water frontage along Binnington Esplanade (Town Beach).

The PDA is in close proximity to the Mackay Airport, major road infrastructure (Bruce Highway and Peak Downs Highway) and the Port of Mackay.

Declaration of the PDA establishes an overarching planning framework that will support the future development and community outcomes in the area. The PDA provides opportunities to redevelop public spaces along the Pioneer River and Binnington Esplanade waterfronts; establishes a precinct for innovation and knowledge based industries; promotes the city centre as a key business hub; and provides exciting and activated streets, places and attractions that improve the city’s liveability, tourism appeal, and investment attraction.

Mackay Regional Council is responsible for planning and development assessment within the PDA and stakeholders are encouraged to contact council if they are seeking information about the PDA.

View an interactive map of the Mackay Waterfront PDA.

Mackay Waterfront PDA Interim Land Use Plan

The Economic Development Act 2012 provides for a streamlined planning and development framework for PDAs to facilitate economic development, and development for community purposes.

Once a PDA is declared under the Economic Development Act 2012, a development scheme for the PDA must be prepared.

Until the development scheme is finalised, development within the PDA will be regulated under the Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP).

Mackay Waterfront PDA boundary and regulatory map

Mackay Waterfront PDA FAQs

Who will prepare the Mackay Waterfront PDA development scheme?

What is the vision for the Mackay Waterfront PDA?

Who will undertake the development assessment for the Mackay Waterfront PDA?

What happens when a development application is made within the Mackay Waterfront PDA?

How does the Economic Development Act 2012 development assessment process differ from the Planning Act 2016 development assessment process?

How can you lodge a PDA development application with Mackay Regional Council?

Will the heritage places within the Mackay Waterfront PDA be preserved?