What the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) might look like.
What the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA) might look like.

Council reveals its priority project list for 2020

LOOMING council elections has not stopped Mackay region councillors planning ahead.

Before caretaker mode kicks off in mid-February, councillors will vote on the regional aquatic strategy, which has been in the works since 2012.

It is part of the Mackay Regional Council 2020 wishlist, which follows the Daily Mercury's story about what the community deemed important for this year.

The waterfront priority development area won by a landslide vote from the community, and acting Mayor Amanda Camm said the aquatic plan was the first cab off the rank for the council.

Acting mayor Amanda Camm said a pool for the Northern Beaches was part of the aquatic plan the council hoped to approve in coming months.
Acting mayor Amanda Camm said a pool for the Northern Beaches was part of the aquatic plan the council hoped to approve in coming months.

She said the strategy would put into place a plan for a Northern Beaches pool, heating the Mirani pool, and decide on the progress and redevelopment of the Mackay Memorial Pool.

"(We are) ensuring the strategy is aligned with the community needs now, and the growth into the future," Cr Camm said.

The councillors would take into consideration the success of the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex, which opened in March.

"The numbers are starting to build now, which is in line with summer," Cr Camm said.

"It has hosted a number of major swim meets, and we've had a number of inquiries (for events) over the next two years. It's been well utilised."

But the regional aquatic strategy was not the only thing the council was looking forward to in 2020.

"The Resource Centre of Excellence will open in April or May," she said. "It will be the first of its find in Australia. It's fantastic for our resource and METS sector.

"It will deliver innovation for small and medium enterprise across the whole Bowen Basin.

"It will be a regional hub that can export our expertise globally."

In addition to the centre of excellence, Cr Camm said she hoped Qantas Academy would be up and running by the end of 2020 and a detailed design for the Mountain Bike Strategy in the Eungella and Finch Hatton would be complete.