The Mackay Region is a local government area located in North Queensland, Queensland, Australia. Established in 2008, it was preceded by three previous local government areas with modern histories extending back as far as 1869.

It has an estimated operating budget of A$118 million.


Yuwibara (also known as Yuibera, Yuri, Juipera, Yuwiburra) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken on Yuwibara country. It is closely related to the Biri languages/dialects. The Yuwibara language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of the Mackay Region.[3]

Prior to 2008, the Mackay Region was an entire area of three previous and distinct local government areas:

The City had its beginning in the Mackay Municipality which was proclaimed on 22 September 1869 under the Municipal Institutions Act 1864.[4] Its first mayor was David Dalrymple, and the council first met on 1 December 1869. It achieved a measure of autonomy in 1878 with the enactment of the Local Government Act. With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Mackay became a Town on 31 March 1903, and was ultimately proclaimed a City on 17 August 1918.

On 11 December 1879, the Pioneer Division came into being as one of Queensland's 74 divisions created under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 on 11 November 1879, chaired by John Ewen Davidson. On 31 March 1903, Pioneer became a Shire. Two areas split away from it over the next decade; the Shire of Sarina on 1 January 1912, and the Shire of Mirani on 4 September 1913.[5]

On 21 November 1991, the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission, created two years earlier, produced its second report, and recommended that local government boundaries in the Mackay area be rationalised. The Local Government (Mackay and Pioneer) Regulation 1993 was gazetted on 17 December 1993, and on 30 March 1994, the two amalgamated into a larger City of Mackay, which first met on 8 April 1994.

In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released a report making recommendations for statewide reform of local government boundaries, and recommended that the three areas of Mackay, Mirani and Sarina amalgamate, due mainly to Mackay's role as a regional centre and all three shires' involvement in sugar production. The City of Mackay endorsed the suggestion, but the two shires proposed alternative options. In the end, the Commission's proposal was unchanged.[6] On 15 March 2008, the City and Shires formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council.


  • 2000–present: Gregory Roy Williamson[7]


The council remains undivided and its elected body consists of 10 councillors and a mayor.

Despite not having Divisions or Wards, Mackay Regional Councillors are allocated responsibility to one of 5 localities, with 2 councillors allocated to each.[8][9]

Councillor Declared political membership Term Locality
Cr. Greg Williamson Independent 2016–present Mayor
Cr. Amanda Camm LNP 2016–present City
Cr. Martin Bella Independent 2016–present Southern Region
Cr. Laurence Bonaventura Independent 2012–present North Coast and Beaches
Cr. Kevin Casey ALP 2008–present City
Cr. Justin Englert Independent 2016–present Northern Suburbs
Cr. Ross Gee Independent 2016–present North Coast and Beaches
Cr. Fran Mann ALP 2016–present Northern Suburbs
Cr. Karen May Independent 2008–present Southern Region
Cr. Ayril Paton Independent 2016–present Western Region
Cr. Ross Walker Independent 2010–present Western Region

Towns and localities

The Mackay Region includes the following settlements:


In the 2011 census (the first for the region), Mackay Region had a population of 112,798 people.[10]

The population for each of the predecessor local government areas prior to 2008 is as follows:

Year Total Region Mackay Pioneer Mirani Sarina
1933 28,124 10,665 9,926 4,412 3,121
1947 32,947 13,486 11,606 4,587 3,268
1954 37,924 14,762 14,316 5,056 3,790
1961 41,196 16,809 15,741 4,760 3,886
1966 48,580 18,640 19,900 5,379 4,611
1971 51,903 19,148 22,561 4,772 5,422
1976 57,903 20,224 26,938 4,889 5,852
1981 66,057 20,664 33,732 4,739 6,922
1986 70,674 22,199 36,084 4,854 7,537
1991 76,372 23,052 40,614 4,625 8,081
1996 86,376 71,894 5,088 9,394
2001 89,877 75,020 5,220 9,637
2006 101,525 85,450 5,406 10,720


The Mackay Regional Council operates libraries in Mackay, Mount Pleasant, Walkerston, Sarina and Mirani.[11] A mobile library service visits the following districts on a fortnightly schedule: Yalboroo, Bloomsbury, Midge Point, Ball Bay, Seaforth, Koumala, Swayneville, Hay Point, St Helens Beach, Calen, Shoal Point, Oakenden, Habana, Blacks Beach, Slade Point, Hampden, Marian, Gargett, Finch Hatton, Homebush, Chelona, McEwens Beach and Bucasia.[12]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mackay (R)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "2016 Mackay Regional Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 20 April 2016. Archived from the original on 31 October 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Yuwibara". Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages map. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  4. ^ 28 Vic No. 21 (Imp)
  5. ^ Mackay Regional Council (2009). "History of council". Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  6. ^ Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission (PDF). 2. pp. 199–203. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 March 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  7. ^ "2020 Local Government Elections: Saturday, 28 March 2020". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.[dead link]
  8. ^ "COUNCILLOR LOCALITY MAPS". Mackay Regional Council. Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 18 October 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  9. ^ "MACKAY REGIONAL COUNCILLORS STATEMENT OF INTERESTS". Mackay Regional Council. Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 20 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Mackay Region". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 March 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ "Libraries: Contact/Opening Hours". Mackay Regional Council. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Mobile Library Timetable 2017" (PDF). Mackay Regional Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.

External links

Media related to Mackay Region at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 21°08′28″S 149°11′08″E / 21.14111°S 149.18556°E / -21.14111; 149.18556