The region’s transport system includes a combination of land, air and sea transport networks; rail, air and sea ports, freight terminals and a range of transport services. The overall transport system enables people to access employment, services and recreation which support the communities across the region. It also services the supply chains across local, interstate, intra-state and global markets to facilitate the broader economy.
With the resident population estimated to grow from approximately 117,000 people in 2017 to approximately 149,000 people by the year 2036 (Queensland Government, 2018) combined with the growth and development of the economy, having a system that is both safe and efficient will be critical to the region’s growth and sustainability.
In collaboration with other state government agencies and private network owners, Mackay Regional Council undertakes a range of strategic land use and transport planning activities across a variety of modes and networks including roads, traffic, freight, walking, cycling, public transport, sea and air. Mackay Region Council is directly responsible for approximately 2,500km of local road network and over 350km of pathways and shared paths.
To guide the future planning and prioritisation of council’s transport infrastructure and services and integrate with the wider Council and community objectives, council developed the Mackay Region Integrated Transport Strategy – 2021-2026 (MRITS).
The MRITS recognises the unique challenges and opportunities of the region and sets the strategic direction for the Mackay region’s transport system to 2036. An Action plan is also included which will be implemented over time and reviewed regularly to ensure it remains current and responsive.