Mackay currently has several development and infrastructure projects proposed, approved and underway.
A report commissioned by the Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors has found that several proposed mining and gas projects in the Galilee Basin could generate a total of $3.9 billion of the region over the next 11 years.
The three mines include Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, Hancock Galilee’s Kevin’s Corner Project and the MacMines Austasia China Stone coal mine.
The modelling also relied on the creation of a gas pipeline connecting the Albany, Gunn, Glenaras and Blue Energy projects.
On the agricultural front, the Federal Government has committed $10 million to kick start the Urannah Water Scheme, which will provide a large-scale dam, irrigation precinct and renewable energy through hydro power.
The scheme would offer water security to the region’s agriculture industry while creating diversity in energy generation.
It is set to unlock the potential of 20,000 hectares of agricultural land and could create up to 1,000 jobs.
The region is also set to become an international exporter of Mining Equipment Technical Services (METS) collaborations, innovations, consultation and manufacturing.
The Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Mining Equipment Technical Services export hub is currently in development after securing a $353,000 grant from the Federal Government to establish a small and medium enterprises export hub.
The Local Buying Foundation and State Government matched the funding, which totalled an investment of $706,840 for a two-stage project over the next three years.
This funding will bring more investment and businesses to the region, complementing the current services.
It is slated to not only increase opportunities for export but create jobs into the future for the region.
Locally, the Federal Government has also pledged to contribute $6.5 million towards the delivery of the Northern Beaches Community Hub.
Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson has welcomed the pledge for half the $15 million project, which will create a ‘high street’ within the Northern Beaches that will centralise services, creating a more liveable lifestyle in the region’s fastest growing area.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT AT A GLANCE
- $2.2 million Sugar Bowl skate park
- $1.5 million Camilleri Street District Park Masterplan
- $3.9 billion in mining projects
- $10 million Urannah Water Scheme
- $706,840 Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Mining Equipment Technical Services export hub
- $6.5 million Northern Beaches Community Hub