Welcome to the Mackay region, where there are investment opportunities abound. With a diverse and robust economy, our region provides a solid foundation for growth across traditional sectors, including mining, agriculture and tourism but also opens new pathways for emerging industries like robotics, biofutures and critical minerals.
With a growing population of over 125,000, Mackay is the gateway to the rich coal deposits in the Bowen and Galilee Basins and hosts much of the engineering, manufacturing and mining services industries supporting the resources sector. It is one of the leading sugar-producing regions in Australia and is home to one of the country’s largest producers of ethanol products. Across sectors, the region generates an output of $22.3 billion and a GRP of $10.5 billion (May 2023). With a relatively young population, 52 per cent of residents are between 20 and 59 years of age. The median weekly income lies at $866 and the unemployment rate is as low as 2.4 per cent.
Our strategic location halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, along the eastern coast offers excellent connectivity to domestic and international markets, supported by well-developed transport infrastructure. The positive and forward-thinking business environment in Mackay is backed by enabling government policies, streamlined processes, and collaborative partnerships that foster innovation and transformation. Our region boasts a large skilled workforce thanks to leading educational institutions and training facilities.
Beyond its economic prowess, the Mackay region offers a tropical lifestyle you are longing for. The region's natural beauty, unique wildlife, lush hinterland, iconic fishing-haven, creative arts and culture scene, ecstatic event calendar, relaxed atmosphere and sun-kissed warm climate charm travellers and locals alike.
Residents enjoy a strong sense of community, excellent healthcare facilities, major retail brands and diverse recreational opportunities.
Discover the unique advantages Mackay has to offer by connecting with our Economic Development and Tourism team and exploring the incentives we have available for business development. With its strategic location, thriving economy, supportive business environment, and exceptional lifestyle, the Mackay region is a compelling destination for investors seeking long-term success.
The Mackay Waterfront is set to be a game changer for the region. The project will establish a range of culturally vibrant, accessible, liveable and attractive places that support growth, investment and development of the region.
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