MORE than $5.5 million being spent on a riverside revitalisation project will stay in the Mackay community after a local contractor was awarded the tender.

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).

Wollam Constructions said big things are coming to Mackay CBD and they couldn’t be more excited to be working together to invigorate our local community.

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“The Mackay Waterfront Priority Development Area is the jewel in the council’s ambition to open up the natural Pioneer River beauty, linking urban living with lifestyle. The project will be a catalyst for future development in the area, transforming the waterfront into a must-see destination,” they said.

The Woollam Constructions tender, awarded at Mackay Regional Council’s ordinary meeting last week, is for the Riverside Link revitalisation, along both River Street and River Street Service Road, from the carpark at Carlyle Street to Burns Street.

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

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.

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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,’’ he 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,’’ he said.

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

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

Woollam Constructions is a leader in commercial design and construction, creating award-winning multimillion-dollar facilities throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia including Mackay Stadium, Bluewater Lagoon, Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre and Mackay Airport.