Upgrades unveiled at Queens Park

Mayor Greg Williamson and Julieanne Gilbert MP cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of Queens Park at a small ceremony today.

While the temporary fencing started coming down earlier this month, the ceremony marked the completion of the $8.86 million revitalisation program, which has transformed the popular recreation space.

Featuring major upgrades to services, infrastructure and landscaping, the yearlong project was funded by the Queensland Government in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

Most of the park is now open to the public, with only minor isolated work zones cordoned off and signage in place asking residents to keep off newly turfed areas.

Vehicle access within the park will remain closed until all work is complete and Orchid House is scheduled to reopen in August once the plants have been relocated to their new home.

The revitalisation of Queens Park is the first project to be completed as part of the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA), which will help unlock the potential of this key commercial and recreational precinct.

The upgrade works at Queens Park included:

  • A striking new entrance
  • A major overhaul of the parks drainage system and underground electrical and water infrastructure
  • An iconic shelter and new toilet block near the adventure playground
  • An off-leash dog park
  • Upgraded cricket shed (open for private bookings)
  • Additional shelters and BBQs for family occasions
  • A yarning circle and cultural trail
  • Landscaping works, with over more than 2000 new plants
  • Upgrades of Orchid House featuring wrought iron decorative gates and a new water feature
  • New signage and wayfinding suite