Council makes shop front facelifts easier!

This month council is excited to launch the new Building Improvement Rebate program.

The new program will supersede the previous Mackay City Centre and Mackay Pride Facade Improvement Schemes. This will make it easier than ever to make improvements to shop fronts and will ensure a more streamlined process with one set of guidelines for all commercial properties in the region.

Development Services director Aletta Nugent said the changes to the program would make it easier than ever for businesses to improve the appearance of their buildings.

“Funding provided through the program can be put towards improving shop fronts and other visible aspects of commercial buildings, including properties that connect to laneways,” she said.

“In speaking with our region’s businesses and property owners, we have recognised that often the cleaning of exterior surfaces is all that is needed to improve the appearance of a building and improve the potential for a vacant property to be leased.

“It is also important that real estate agents and property managers are able to apply on behalf of owners, with their approval, making it easier and faster to get the work done.

“The new guidelines allow business owners, property owners, real estate agents and property managers to apply for a rebate of up to $3000 to upgrade the appearance of a property, or up to $1000 for cleaning fees.

Ms Nugent said the new rebate also permits applicants to apply every two years, so that businesses can regularly update their facades.

“This will ensure shop fronts are looking their best and can be maintained and refreshed. We all know first impressions count,” she said.

“This program is about making sure our region’s buildings and businesses are looking their finest and giving the best impression of our region to both Mackay locals and visitors.”

For more information on the program visit Building Improvement Rebate.