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Mackay and the Whitsundays


The Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region “covers an area of approximately 90,000 square kilometres - spanning from Bowen in the north, to St Lawrence in the south east, to the Whitsunday Islands and west to the Belyando River” - this region “is one of the fastest growing economies in Queensland” predominately due to the demand for natural resources and the continued tourism to the Whitsunday Islands and The Great Barrier Reef.

The area also excels in marine services, management and research, mining, sugarcane, farming and cattle grazing.

Along with its 31 coastal beaches, rainforest hinterland and stunning river system, Mackay - the region’s largest city - boasts a gross regional product (GRP) of AU$5.1 billion. It has thriving industries, solid employment, is one of the largest sugar producing regions in Australia and exports one-third of Australia’s coal.

During the 2009-2010 financial year, the region as a whole generated “in excess of AU$18.1 billion in economic value” and the Whitsunday area made up 12 per cent of the region’s GRP – a value of AU$2.3 billion dollars.

Information adapted from the 2013 LSQ Member Directory.