Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area


About the Priority Development Area

The Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) will become effective by regulation on May 25, 2018.

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 the City centre core, 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.

The Mackay Waterfront PDA was declared to establish the necessary policy framework to support the intended development and community outcomes for the area. The PDA provides opportunities to redevelop the Pioneer River and Binnington Esplanade waterfronts; establishing a precinct for innovation and knowledge based industries; promoting the City centre as a key business hub; and providing 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.


Mackay Waterfront PDA regulatory framework

The Economic Development Act 2012 (the Act) provides for a streamlined planning and development framework for PDAs to facilitate economic development, and development for community purposes. Once a site is declared under the Economic Development Act 2012, a development scheme for the PDA must be prepared.

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

Mackay Waterfront PDA Proposed Development Scheme and public notification

Public notification of the proposed development scheme for the Mackay Waterfront PDA will be conducted from Monday, November 5, 2018 to Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (the submission period).

All interested parties including the community, residents and business operators are invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission to the Mackay Regional Council.

This document was prepared by Mackay Regional Council.

Download the Mackay Waterfront PDA Proposed Development Scheme

All submissions received during the submission period will be considered by Mackay Regional Council and the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ). A submissions report will be prepared summarising the submissions received and the merits of those submissions. In some cases, amendments may be made to the proposed development scheme as a consequence of issues raised in submissions.

For further information on how to lodge a submission, download the How to make a submission flyer or visit

Development assessment

Prior to lodgement, applicants are encouraged to contact council to organise a pre-application meeting to discuss conceptual and detailed design proposals. While this is an informal process, pre-application discussions allow developers and the development assessment team to work together under a streamlined assessment process. For a pre-lodgement meeting please contact council via the online pre-application meeting request form.

PDA Development Applications can be lodged to council via the application portal, email, post to the Mackay Regional Council Development Assessment Team, PO Box 41, Mackay QLD 4740, or in person at the Mackay Customer Service Centre at 73 Gordon Street, Mackay.

The relevant development form must be completed and submitted with the PDA development application:

For all development enquiries, please either submit an on-line enquiry via, email, call 1300 622 529, post to the Mackay Regional Council Development Assessment Team, PO Box 41, Mackay QLD 4740, or visit the planning advice counter at the Sir Albert Abbott Administration Building, 73 Gordon Street, Mackay

PDA Development Application fees and charges

PDA Development Application fees are in accordance with council’s Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Application Fees and Charges, which are the same as council’s adopted Cost Recovery Fees and Charges 2017-2018.

Development infrastructure charges are in accordance with council’s Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution.

Mackay Waterfront PDA FAQs