Construction on the Riverside Revitalisation Project is currently underway to deliver the first stage of development in the Riverside Precinct. The prime Riverfront location between Paxtons and the Mackay Fish Market will be transformed and returned to the community with new public realm, a pontoon development and building upgrades to 8 River Street. The Australian Government has invested part funding of $4.1 million through the Building Better Regions Fund, which will kickstart the Council $9 million revitalisation project that will re-orient the city to its beautiful blue Pioneer River.
The intent of the Riverside Revitalisation Project is to provide an activated space that inspires the rediscovery of the Pioneer River edge as a quirky, distinctly Mackay destination. The project will further add to Mackay’s tourism offering and support liveability.
The current scope of the public realm includes the improvement of connection, lighting, and landscaping to achieve a meaningful visual and physical relationship with the river. The benefits of this section of works will be connecting a missing link of the Bluewater Trail, improved safety, and providing an area of green space that capitalises on river views. Both our community and visitors will be able to enjoy this new waterfront destination.
Some key design features include a large pavilion, outdoor dining and event zone, infrastructure to support community events such as markets, shared active transport path, increased landscaping and decorative lighting. The pavilion provides a covered flexible, public space that enables users to participate in a variety of activities in the shade whilst framing big views of the river.