Mackay Pride Facade Improvement Scheme

What is the Facade Improvement Scheme?

Mackay Regional Council has developed Mackay Pride Facade Improvement Scheme to work in partnership with Property owners facilitating and supporting the revitalisation of building facades across Mackay. The appearance of your Building, your business and the surrounding streets create a powerful first impression of our city. The Mackay Regional Council is willing to work together with property owners to facilitate upgrades to building facades that will help to revitalise your local streetscape.

Round four of the scheme was released on Monday,  October 24, 2016 and will provide matched funding up to a maximum amount for works to improve building facades throughout the region’s townships and commercial centres.  

The Scheme will accept applications from property owners of commercial premises with active frontages located within designated townships and commercial centres. Applications submitted must complete all proposed scope of works within four months of signing the letter of agreement.

Before

Before-round-4

After

After-round-4

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 four of the Scheme will accept applications from property owners of commercial premises with active frontages located within designated townships and commercial centres.

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; and
  • The applicant must show how the project will benefit the area’s presentation
  • Applicants must file an improvement plan detailing the planned improvements
  • Applicants must submit two formal quotes from licensed local contractors
  • Heritage Listed Buildings will require planning approval through council

Benefits of the Facade Improvement Scheme for our city include:

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

When is the deadline for round four funding applications due?

The Mackay Pride Facade Improvement Scheme round four opens on Monday, October 24, 2016 and closes for applications on Monday, February 20, 2017.

Any applications received prior to the closing date will be assessed and the applicant will be notified of the outcome within two weeks.

Facade Improvement Scheme Application Kit

For more information on the Facade Improvement Scheme:

Contact the Economic Development Officer, Ashley Black on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email in to ashley.black@mackay.qld.gov.au.