Tenders called to rejuvenate prime riverfront building

Published: 20 Dec 2022

A prime riverfront food and beverage location is next in line for a revamp as part of council’s Mackay Waterfront redevelopment.

Council is calling for tenders for a structural refurbishment of 8 River Street, formerly Maria’s Donkey and more recently the Don Daniels restaurant site.

It will be the third major project in the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA).

The first was the Queens Park redevelopment, followed by the Riverside Revitalisation.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the Riverside Revitalisation, a public realm development where the old Seafresh sheds were previously located, was nearing completion.

He said a revamp of the nearby 8 River Street building was the next important stage in revitalisation of the riverfront.

“We’re calling design and construct tenders for this building,’’ Mayor Williamson said.

“We are seeking a proposal from suitably qualified contractors for the structural refurbishment of the building,” he said. 

“The brief will be a design and construct contract and aims to refurbish the building as a food and beverage facility.

“The building remediation will aim to enable the site to accommodate a variety of hospitality uses, such as café, restaurant, bar and function capabilities.”

Mayor Williamson said the design of the building must make full use of the position and the river views available.

“It must also provide connectivity with the Riverside Revitalisation public realm space, which is nearing completion.”

This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Mackay Regional Council.