Facade Improvement Scheme

Mackay Regional Council has approved over 30 City Centre Façade Improvement Scheme applications to the value of $77,000 for Rounds 1 and 2.This has contributed to a total of $459,000 worth of improvement works being completed in the City Centre.

What is the Facade Improvement Scheme

Facade improvement has the capacity to enable rapid change for a city’s perception as it creates a more social environment and is a highly visible element of a city to passers-by. Building facades and shopfronts immediately affect the perceptions one has of a city. Improvements to facades and streetscape have the capacity to enable rapid change to the liveability factor and how inviting a city feels.

Spaces that appear liveable and inviting are proven to stimulate perceptions of safety. As more people feel comfortable entering the area, passive surveillance will increase and further improve safety.

Mackay Regional Council has development Facade Improvement Schemes to work in partnership with property owners facilitating and supporting the revitalisation of building facades across the region.

Council is willing to work together with property owners to facilitate upgrades to building facades that will help to revitalise your local streetscape.

Facade Improvement Schemes are currently available in the following areas:

How does the funding work?

It is a requirement of the Facade Improvement Scheme Guidelines that council’s contribution is to be matched by the applicant up to a maximum amount as determined below:

  • Works under $1999.99 (excluding GST) - maximum rebate of 50% of the project spend (excluding GST) per applicant.
  • For works up to $10,000 – maximum rebate of $2000 (excluding GST) per applicant.
  • $10,001 and for works over – maximum rebate of $3000 (excluding GST) per applicant.

The applicant may wish to, of their own accord, contribute additional funds beyond the matched contribution.

What are the requirements of the scheme?

  • Improvements proposed must be visible to the facade of the building and from the street;
  • Applicants must be or have the building owner's consent;
  • The applicant must provide their matched contribution in cash;
  • The applicant must show how the project will benefit city's presentation;
  • Applicants must file an improvement plan detailing the planned improvements;
  • Applicants must submit before photos of the proposed building with completed application;
  • Applicants must submit two formal quotes from licensed contractors;
  • Heritage listed buildings will require planning approval through council; and
  • All work being carried out must have the required permits and approvals through council.

Benefits of the Facade Improvement Scheme for our region include:

  • Increase in property value & tenancy;
  • A more attractive and welcoming centre;
  • Increase in foot traffic
  • Increase in civic pride
  • Increase in comfort and public safety
  • Promote and encourage activation of facades

Facade Improvement Scheme application kit

For more information on the Facade Improvement Scheme:

Contact Economic Development on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email in to business@mackay.qld.gov.au.