Rebate program improves street appeal for businesses

Published: 06 Sep 2021

Thirteen businesses shared in $24,000 of funding thanks to council’s Building Improvement Rebate program in 2020-2021.

The program, which supports the revitalisation of building facades across the Mackay region, encouraging businesses to tidy up and freshen their premises, is now open for new expressions of interest.

Mayor Greg Williamson said last financial year’s funding equated to $77,000 spent with local contractors.

“Not only does it benefit business owners and their tenants, but it also invests money back into our local economy,” Mayor Williamson said.

“From the 13 approvals provided, eight applicants undertook building improvement works including signage upgrades and painting and five applicants completed building cleaning works,” he said.

Rebates range from $1000 to $3000, depending on the type of work being completed.

The program works in partnership with property and business owners, real estate agents and property managers.

Its aim is to encourage the revitalisation of commercial facades and create new vibrancy within our region’s business districts.

Interested and eligible applicants are now invited to apply for the next round of funding as part of the Business Improvement Rebate program.

Applications are submitted online via ‘Smarty Grants’.

Prior to lodging an application, applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with council’s Economic Development team on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email

For more information or to read the detailed guidelines for the program, visit council’s Invest Mackay website.