Annual Report 2018-2019

A flick through council’s 2018-2019 annual report (below) provides a snapshot of an extremely busy 12 months.

The 148-page report, adopted by an ordinary meeting of council on November 13, details the many varied achievements of council.

The centrepiece major project was the $24 million Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex) at Boundary Road. The world-class aquatic and athletics facilities were jointly funded by the Australian Government and council on land donated by CQUniversity.

It was a crowning achievement for our new Capital Works directorate, which achieved a completion rate of more than 94 per cent of a massive program of more than $125 million in its first full year in operation.

Other highlights range from the work done to help secure Mackay as the second preferred site for a Qantas Pilot Training Academy to the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) being approved by the State Government in May 2019.

Council again helped secure some major events for our region through the Invest Mackay Events and Conference Attraction Program, which provides an economic benefit and also enhances liveability for our region.

The region was still recovering from the 2017 Cyclone Debbie, with major beach restoration works undertaken at Midge Point and Lamberts Beach, when an unprecedented bushfire crisis in November tested the resolve of residents. Council again played a key role during the event through the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and during recovery.

Financial management remains a high standard, with a deficit of around $500,000 an outstanding result given challenges throughout the year.