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More than $4 million in federal funding will help kickstart Mackay’s Riverfront Revitalisation Project, enhancing the city’s tourism offering and liveability.

Federal MP George Christensen said the work was among four projects in Mackay and the Whitsundays to share more than $4.3 million in funding under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund.

“I am very pleased to announce that more than $4.1 million in funding under this tourism-focused round of the Building Better Regions Fund will go to Mackay’s Riverfront Revitalisation Project,” Mr Christensen said.

“This is a component of the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) and it will deliver the first stage of revitalisation works within the riverside project area.

“I am a strong supporter of Mackay Regional Council’s vision for the Waterfront PDA and I have repeatedly advocated for the project in Canberra.

“This is about re-orienting the city to the water – the river and the sea – and in the process building on our tourism offering and liveability. 

“It was one of the final things I wanted to leave the city with, to finish off my time as the Federal MP – a final gift if you like – to help diversify our economy by boosting our tourism offering.”
Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said it was a very exciting day for Mackay, with the Federal Government’s $4.1 million the key to starting the $9 million project.

“We’re putting in about $5 million to kickstart this whole Waterfront project,’’ Cr Williamson said.

“We’re hoping we’ll get the tenders out by the end of this month, which means, hopefully, we’ll see early in 2022 a start on this project.

“What that means is from about the area in front of the Fish Market right back to Paxton’s becomes a huge public realm component.”

The former Don Daniels and Marias Donkey restaurant and bar building over the river will also be upgraded and made safe. A $2 million pontoon will also be built as part of the project.

“We are now delivering on what we’ve been saying for years – we need to celebrate this fantastic river we’ve got,’’ Cr Williamson said. “It’s  great for our community and great for tourism.’’

Image: Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen with Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson at the Pioneer River.