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Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions are a key economic $22.28 billion powerhouse with resilient local economies covering mining, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism.

Located in Northern Australia, these three regions work together to deliver billions to the nation’s economy and are collectively known as the Greater Whitsunday Alliance.

The gross revenue generated by businesses and organisations in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions represent 5.75 per cent of the $689.862 billion in output generated in Queensland.

Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors acting chair Mayor Anne Baker said the local government areas had a major focus on the future in this changing world.

“Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays have an emerging bio futures industry, an abundance of natural attractions and tourism destinations with a strong reputation for local and international travellers and world class steel-making coal,” the Isaac Regional Council Mayor said.

“The construction sector is also a fundamental component to building residential, commercial and mining infrastructure of the economy and community.

“As we balance the economic challenges beyond the pandemic, our regions continue to stay ahead of the game to position our industries, our communities and our people for the future, while supporting key traditional sectors.”

As the local government budget season gets underway in June 2022, the three regional councils have buckled down to aim on delivering future focussed projects and essential services amid supply chain and financial pressures.

“Our communities expect us to get those things right which is why we are investing in delivering for services today as we deliver in a changing world,” Mayor Baker said.

“We seek help from funding programs from external sources such as the Australian Government and Queensland Government to meet community expectations.”

Mackay Regional Council Mackay’s game changer for the region is its riverfront project, the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area which has the potential to transform tourism and liveability aspects of the region, revitalise the city centre and create new job opportunities. Stage one is under way with more than $5.5 million being spent locally on the riverside revitalisation project after Woollam Constructions was awarded the tender. This stage of work focuses on River Street and the service road between Bluewater Quay on Carlyle Street and the Mackay Fish Market just past Burns Street. The space will include landscaping architecture that will embrace the tropical lifestyle and the river views to green open spaces with seating pods to stage platforms and a shared footpath linking to the beautiful Bluewater Trail. Visit www.mackaywaterfront.com.au for more information.
Whitsunday Regional Council Over the next 12 months the Whitsunday Regional Council will focus on delivering projects that enhance the world-famous reef lifestyle and building resilience. The key projects include with government partners the $2.5 million Lake Proserpine commercialisation project, $2 million Collinsville Runway reseal, $800,000 Bicentennial Boardwalk refurbishment, $755,000 on the Edgecumbe Heights walking track and the $989,000 on the Choose Collinsville project. These future focused projects will add to the ancient rainforests, exotic wildlife, laid-back towns and unspoiled nature – from resource-rich hinterlands to mountainous ranges and shimmering turquoise water which attract those seeking the perfect work life balance. Visit https://www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/budget-2021-22 for more information.
Isaac Regional Council Isaac Regional Council is leading the way through its advocacy unit which plays a vital role on behalf of residents to access and secure government funding or legislation changes to provide infrastructure, facilities, and services. Isaac is home to one of Australia’s largest resource deposits and Council is leading advocacy efforts to enable the proposed Isaac Resource Excellence Hub in Moranbah in the heart of the Bowen and Galilee Basins. With over 60 per cent of the workforce employed by the resource sector in the Isaac region, this project is critical to enabling innovation in the mining industry and futureproofing our workforce. The region has 22 active metallurgical coal mines on its doorstep and this facility needs to be at the coalface, providing opportunities of education and skills training to enable delivery in a changing world. Visit https://www.isaac.qld.gov.au/homepage/278/isaac-resource-excellence-hub

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