Mackay City Centre Facade Improvement Scheme

What is the Facade Improvement Scheme

Mackay Regional Council, in conjunction with the City Centre Taskforce, has developed a  Facade Improvement Scheme to work in partnership with City Centre property owners facilitating and supporting the revitalisation of city centre properties.
This Scheme provides funding for works to improve building facades in the City Centre.

Before & After

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:

  • For works up to $10,000 – maximum rebate of $2,000 (excluding GST) per applicant.
  • $10,001 and for works over – maximum rebate of $3,000 (excluding GST) per applicant.

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

Who is eligible for the grant?

Round three funding of the City Centre Facade Improvement Scheme is now open. Applications will now be accepted for businesses within the city centre boundary, from Caneland Central to the River Street boat ramp; and between Alfred and River Streets (see map below) Buildings which have received funding from previous Facade Improvement rounds, are not eligible for further funding.


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 city include:

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

When is the deadline for Round one funding applications due?

The Facade Improvement Scheme application period for Round Three will commence on Monday, January 16 and conclude on Monday, March 6, 2017.

Applications will be reviewed by council within two weeks and applicants will be contacted in writing.

Facade Improvement Scheme Application Kit

For more information on the Facade Improvement Scheme:

Contact Ashley Black on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email in to