Mackay’s Bluewater Trail Projects Mr Onno Van Es Manager Recreation Services Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, Australia 2009 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Queensland (IPWEAQ) - North Queensland Branch Supervisors Conference Mackay, 22-23 October 2009
Both the Bluewater Quay and the Bluewater Lagoon form part of Mackay’s Bluewater Trail, a 21km ring of activity around the city centre, incorporating Far Beach, the Botanic Gardens, the Catherine Freeman Walk, and the Wetlands at the mouth of the Pioneer River.
The $12 million project was jointly funded by the State Government and Mackay Regional Council, with RCP appointed as the Project Managers. Construction commenced in May 2008, with the opening being held in conjunction with the annual River to Reef event in October 2009.
The $12.7 million Bluewater Lagoon is a three tiered lagoon-style aquatic facility incorporating a waterslide and an interactive children’s waterplay area. The project was funded by all three levels of Government – Federal, State and Local. Construction commenced in August 2007, with the opening being held in August 2008. The opening event saw 9,200 people converge on the Bluewater Lagoon for the 4-hour event.
The presence of dangerous marine life at the beaches during September to April.
The requirement to provide alternative recreational, social and lifestyle opportunities for residents, tourists and specific groups to promote a healthier community.
The requirement to attract and retain more workers and families to the region by increasing lifestyle attractiveness during a period of strong economic growth and skill shortages.
Strong regional growth and a high need for additional lifestyle related infrastructure.
5. A perceived lack of facilities for the youth, who represent a high percentage of the region’s population. 6. Existing swimming enclosures that are of limited recreational value due to local environmental factors. 7. Limited water space at existing aquatic facilities.