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 transport 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.
Mackay Regional Council is currently working on the development of a Mackay Region Integrated Transport Strategy, which will be an integrated land use and transport strategy to guide the future of the Mackay region’s transport network. More information will be available soon about this project.