The Queensland Budget will directly support Mackay-Whitsunday with significant expenditure in 2021-22 including:

$672M for Infrastructure

for productivity-enhancing infrastructure and capital works, estimated to support around 2,100 jobs in this region.

$514.6M for Health

for Mackay Hospital and Health Services.

$26.8M for Education

to maintain, improve and upgrade schools in Mackay-Whitsunday.

Mackay-Whitsunday will also benefit from:

$270.1M for Reef water quality

across the State over five years to continue the Government’s commitment to the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

$36.4M estimated for Recovery and Resilience against natural disasters

for the provision of financial assistance for capital works to disaster affected communities in 2021-22.

$18.1M for Social housing

in 2021-22 to expand and improve social housing in Mackay-Whitsunday.

Restoring frontline services in Mackay-Whitsunday

Growth from March 2015 to March 2021


117 extra teachers up 6.8%


300 extra nurses up 39.9%


140 extra doctors up 68.0%


26 extra firefighters up 36.3%

Delivering for the Mackay-Whitsunday region


Building our Regions

$34.7 million allocated to 16 critical infrastructure projects in Mackay-Whitsunday, supporting economic development and supporting 234 jobs.

(March 2015 to June 2021)


COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan Scheme

206 loans approved in Mackay-Whitsunday totalling $29.8 million to assist local business through the pandemic, supporting 2,439 jobs.

(March 2020 to October 2020)


Jobs and Regional Growth Fund

$28.9 million capital expenditure supported and 88 new full-time jobs generated in Mackay-Whitsunday.

(February 2017 to May 2021)


Back to Work

$27 million paid to 1,102 employers in Mackay-Whitsunday to help employ 2,508 eligible unemployed jobseekers.

(July 2016 to May 2021)


Explore other Mackay-Whitsunday expenditure:

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$7M centre puts Mackay on METS map

Mackay’s $7 million Resources Centre of Excellence is ensuring the region remains one of the world’s best sources for mining expertise and innovation in the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.

The centre is one-of-a-kind in Queensland and was jointly funded by the Queensland Government through its Jobs and Regional Growth Fund and Mackay Regional Council to drive research and innovation, increase export opportunities, and provide safer and more accelerated training options for students and apprentices.

With Mackay as one of Queensland’s major resource industry hubs, the centre will create jobs and skills for the future through providing training and education, biomedical research, product innovation and demonstration. It features a simulated underground coal mine for training and research, including emergency response strategies. The construction of the centre created around 22 direct and indirect jobs.

Centre of excellence

Tourism boost for Mackay-Whitsunday

A world-class sport, community, entertainment and leisure destination is coming to Mackay-Whitsunday with the development of the Great Barrier Reef Arena at Harrup Park.

The Queensland Government has committed $10 million for Stage One of the development project, the Australian Government has matched that funding and Harrup Park Country Club is contributing $4.2 million.

Once built, the arena will become a tourism drawcard as one of Australia’s largest regional sporting facilities, including seating for more than 6,000 people, media and broadcast facilities for the AFL and cricket, and corporate and event facilities. It’s expected the 18-month construction period will create 90 local jobs and generate $43.2 million for the region’s economy.

Tourism in the Mackay-Whitsunday region is also benefiting from the Queensland Government’s Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Program, a $25 million investment to fund a range of projects on the reef focusing on growing, greening and cleaning.

sports fields

Tax relief package

The government provided significant tax relief to support Queensland businesses, landlords, tenants, pubs and clubs, including:

  • payroll tax refunds, waivers and deferrals for eligible businesses, targeted at small to medium businesses
  • a payroll tax exemption for wages subsidised by the JobKeeper payment
  • land tax rebates, waivers and deferrals for eligible taxpayers.

An estimated 330 employers in Mackay-Whitsunday will also benefit in 2021-22 from the higher payroll tax threshold.

$2 billion Queensland Renewable
Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund

The $2 billion Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund will provide cheaper, cleaner energy to power more jobs and industries in Queensland, while helping to deliver on our 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.

The Fund will increase investment by government-owned corporations in commercial renewable energy and hydrogen projects, along with supporting infrastructure, including in partnership with the private sector.

Forming part of the new $3.34 billion Queensland Jobs Fund, this investment will ensure Queensland capitalises on economic development opportunities and creates more jobs and industries through cheaper, cleaner energy.