Regional Economy

Mackay’s employment, investment and development opportunities, buoyant economy and lifestyle attributes are just some of the many positive aspects that encourage people to live, work and play in the Mackay region.

The region has experienced the most prolonged period of growth in recent history and Mackay has established itself as a modern, regional city. The region’s growth is fuelled by the strength of our diversified economy, led by our globally recognised resource and engineering sector, resurging agribusiness, and growth in construction, education, logistics and tourism.

Mackay is the gateway to the rich coal deposits in the Bowen and Galilee Basins and hosts much of the engineering, manufacturing and resource service industries supporting the wider Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday economies.

Only an hour’s flight from Brisbane, the region boasts many benefits of a fast-growing coastal city. Its coastal location is complemented by its spectacular natural environment, which includes 31 beaches, a picturesque blue river and pristine rainforest hinterland. Mackay also boasts easy access to the world-famous Whitsunday Islands, a group of 74 pristine islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

Our Economy 

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Key Industries 

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Resource Sector Leader 

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Enabling Infrastructure 

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Emerging Sectors 

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