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Why the Mackay region is one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland

Why the Mackay region is one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland


Living in Mackay is great, and the locals will easily give you a list of reasons why this is so. In fact, many people come over for a short visit and end up staying. As one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.

Right in the middle of Central Queensland and North Queensland, Mackay embodies a distinctive blend of industries, including mining, sugarcane farming, and the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Mackay holds a significant place in Australia’s agricultural landscape, particularly as one of the country’s leading sugarcane producers, contributing over a third of the nation’s annual output. Beyond its agricultural significance, Mackay serves as a vital economic centre in Central Queensland. But it’s not just the jobs that have people flocking to the area, but also the location itself. After all, when you’re at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, you know you’ve found yourself somewhere special.

How the economy is growing in Mackay

With a big population that keeps getting higher, it’s no wonder that the job opportunities in Mackay have expanded. “Mackay is a thriving regional centre with a population of over 125,000 people, supporting 55,000 jobs and an annual economic output of almost $22.3 billion. The Mackay region is one of the fastest growing regions in Queensland with strong population growth projected. The region contributes more GRP per capita to the Queensland Government than any other region in the state.” – Discover Mackay.

Emerging industries in Mackay

Despite being one of the country’s leading sugarcane producers, there are now more industries and opportunities emerging for the growing population:

Tourism – With an increasing number of visitors choosing Mackay as their holiday destination, it’s no surprise that the tourism sector is flourishing. Mackay’s tropical allure, featuring warm weather, pristine national parks, and stunning beaches, offers a paradise-like experience. This surge in tourism promises plenty of job prospects for the locals.

New technologies – Mackay is embracing the wave of emerging technologies and maintaining a competitive edge in the market. One notable initiative involves nurturing young talents through education. The Central Queensland University, as highlighted on the Mackay Queensland Government website, champions the region’s innovation sector through its School of Engineering and Technology. This institution offers specialised programs in civil, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, and mining. Additionally, Mackay annually hosts the Whitsunday STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Challenge, aimed at boosting STEM participation among students in the Mackay, Whitsunday, and Isaac regions.

Biofutures – Mackay is the perfect location for rich agricultural resources and is helping towards a more sustainable future. With so many homeowners in Mackay switching to solar, the future of the region looks positive as more and more people are looking for ways to help the environment.

Critical minerals – Mackay’s $7 million Resources Centre of Excellence facility provides a great opportunity for the region to become a key player in the new economy minerals sector.

Mackay is one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland, and a place Tropical Solar and Electrical Services are happy to be a part of. We believe in supporting local, and we’re happy to provide all Mackay homes and commercial offices their chance to switch to solar.

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