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Accommodation boost to increase delegate capacity for Mackay

The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) will have improved ability to accomodate business events travellers with the development of a 129 multiple dwelling unit, catering shop and commercial premise adjacent to the MECC.

Planning and Development portfolio councillor Diane Hatfield said due to economic forces and market factors the new owners requested a change to the approved development to meet the needs of Mackay’s growing population.

New accommodation adjacent to the MECC will allow the Centre to support larger conferences and events.

“The Mackay Regional Council Local Government Area is one of the fastest growing in Queensland with an annual growth rate of 2.9 per cent and positive growth forecast over the next two decades heading towards a population of 200,000 people,” Cr Hatfield said.

“By removing the office component and allowing the units to be redesigned to be self contained for more flexible use by both permanent and short term/overnight accommodation will meet the current market demand.”

Cr Hatfield said the proposal is a positive step for Mackay, supporting the revitalisation of the City Centre.

“The site is ideally situated, adjacent to the MECC and council’s Civic Precinct, 400m walking distance to specialty shops (Sydney Street Markets) and a couple of blocks from the City Centre.”

‘The proposal will enhance the ability of the MECC, to accommodate business events travellers,” Cr Hafield said.