Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area


About the Priority Development Area

The Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on 25 May 2018 at the request of Mackay Regional Council (council).

The PDA is approximately 172 hectares and is centrally located within the Mackay urban area and includes land and water along the southern side of the Pioneer River, including the City centre core, and extends east to the adjacent coastal water frontage along Binnington Esplanade (Town Beach).

The PDA is in close proximity to the Mackay Airport, major road infrastructure (Bruce Highway and Peak Downs Highway) and the Port of Mackay.

The PDA provides opportunities to redevelop the Pioneer River and Binnington Esplanade waterfronts; establishing a precinct for innovation and knowledge industries; promoting the City centre as a key business hub; and providing exciting and activated streets, places and attractions that improve the city’s liveability, tourism appeal, and investment attraction.

Mackay Regional Council is responsible for development assessment within the PDA and stakeholders are encouraged to contact council if they are seeking information about the PDA.

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Adoption of the Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Scheme

Following endorsement by Mackay Regional Council, the Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Scheme (development scheme) was approved by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland and became effective on 24 May 2019.

Public notification of the proposed development scheme for the Mackay Waterfront PDA was held from 5 November to 19 December 2018 (the submission period). During the submission period, all interested parties, including the community, residents, and business operators, were invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission to the Mackay Regional Council.

A PDA submissions report has been prepared and summarises the submissions received during public notification of the development scheme and the merits of those submissions. Amendments were made to the proposed development scheme as a result of matters raised in submissions.

Download the Mackay Waterfront PDA Submissions Report

The development scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the PDA. The development scheme supersedes the Mackay Waterfront PDA Interim Land Use Plan, which no longer has effect.

All development applications proposed within the PDA will now be assessed against the development scheme.

Download the Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Scheme

Development assessment

Prior to lodgement, applicants are encouraged to contact council to organise a pre-application meeting to discuss conceptual and detailed design proposals. While this is an informal process, pre-application discussions allow developers and the development assessment team to work together under a streamlined assessment process. For a pre-lodgement meeting please contact council and submit pre-application meeting request form.

PDA Development Applications can be lodged to council via the application portal, email, post to the Mackay Regional Council Development Assessment Team, PO Box 41, Mackay QLD 4740, or in person at the Mackay Customer Service Centre at 73 Gordon Street, Mackay.

The relevant development form must be completed and submitted with the PDA development application:

For all development enquiries, please email, call 1300 MACKAY, or post to the Mackay Regional Council Development Assessment Team, PO Box 41, Mackay QLD 4740.

PDA Development Application fees and charges

PDA Development Application fees are in accordance with council’s Mackay Waterfront PDA Development Application Fees and Charges, which are the same as council’s adopted Cost Recovery Fees and Charges.

Development infrastructure charges applicable to development within the PDA are in accordance with council’s Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution as until such time the Development Charges and Offset Plan comes into effect (DCOP). The DCOP is being prepared and will undergo community consultation in due course before it is finalised.

Mackay Waterfront PDA FAQs