Mackay Council has awarded a local contractor the tender for a $5.5 million riverside revitalisation project.

Woollam Constructions has been successful with its tender for the first public realm works in the Riverside precinct of the Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA).

It is the second major Mackay Waterfront project following the successful delivery of the Queens Park revitalisation in 2020.

The Woollam Constructions tender, awarded at an ordinary meeting, is for the Riverside Link revitalisation, along both River Street and River Street Service Road, from the carpark at Carlyle Street to Burns Street.

Future stages of the $10 million Riverside Revitalisation project include a Riverside pontoon and improvements to the council-owned 8 River Street building (a former restaurant).

Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, recently announced the Federal Government would commit just over $4.12 million in funding through its Building Better Regions Fund for the Riverside revitalisation.

Mackay Mayor, Greg Williamson, said council, with capital works funding also allocated, had moved quickly to the tender process.

“We’re extremely keen for this project to come to fruition as quickly as possible and it is exciting that construction works will be happening there soon,’’ Mayor Williamson said.

“Construction should begin by late February or early March and be completed in time for the Christmas holidays and New Year period.”

Mayor Williamson said these public realm works would be a catalyst for future development and would also provide a fantastic waterfront space for residents and visitors.

“This project is the first stage of three that will create a waterfront that is a must-see destination,’’ Mayor Williamson said.

“It will unlock opportunities for development and investment, benefiting the entire region’s economic growth and community health and wellbeing.”

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