Plans & policies

The Bluewater Activation Strategy and Wharf Precinct Masterplan underpin the project.

The Mackay Wharf Precinct was adopted in 2004 and was a key component of the City Centre Revitalisation Strategy. The masterplan manages future development over a 1.3 kilometre area along the southern bank of the Pioneer River.

In early 2006, council endorsed the Bluewater Activation Strategy to increase activity along the river front of Mackay’s Pioneer River, rejuvenate the old wharf area and develop links to key sites such as the Botanic Gardens and city beaches.

The Bluewater Activation Strategy recognises that creating high quality public open spaces along the trail is not enough, but focuses on a critical mass of activity to ensure these recreational spaces are utilised.

The Activation Strategy earmarks three key sectors:

Botanic Gardens
To improve the area west of the Lagoon with an opportunity for sympathetic urban in-fill
Facilitate design and construction of future stages of the Botanic Gardens
Create a convenient link to the Bluewater Trail

Riverfront West
Generate greater activation of the riverfront parkland and associated areas through the construction of the Bluewater Lagoon
Respond to rapid regional growth through construction of high rise apartments and expansion of Caneland Central shopping centre.

Riverfront East
Stimulate redevelopment of River Street East
Upgrade the area through completion of the Bluewater Quay Public Open Space.
Create a new urban park east of boat ramp

Bluewater Quay
The $12 million public open space was funded under the Q150 Legacy Infrastructure Program, a $100 million capital works program to create legacies for Queensland’s 150th anniversary.

The Quay spans 250 metres from Sydney Street to Carlyle Street and features:

  • Children’s play areas
  • Landscaping
  • Covered shade for markets
  • BBQ’s
  • Fishing Pier and a gathering space large enough to cater for thousands of people

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