The History of Mackay Port, North Queensland, Australia
The Mackay Port, in North Queensland, Australia, was opened on August 26th, 1939. The port took just under four years to complete.
A Long Process
As early as 1884 it was deemed that the existing Pioneer River port was inefficient, because it had problems coping with large ships. Another reason for the need for a new and improved port was the growth of the town and its surrounding areas. There was an inquiry into building a new port for Mackay in 1887, but the building of the port itself was still not to happen for decades.
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In 1933, after a site had been proposed, the Australian Government issued
Mackay with a loan for a million pounds, including a grant for a quarter of
a million pounds. It was put to a vote to the Mackay population as to
whether the loan was acceptable. The loan offer, to help the building of a
new port, was so strongly supported that those in favour outvoted those
against by around 7 to 1.
Major New Sugar Terminal
development at the Mackay Port occurred in 1952, when it was approved that a
major new terminal could be built. It was a terminal that was to capitalise
on the fact that Mackay is Australia's sugar capital. The terminal was
designed to handle bulk sugar, and, when it opened in 1957, it became the
largest shed for storing sugar anywhere in the world.
The Mackay Marina
Another development, in 1998, saw the opening of the the
Mackay Marina. The marina and Marina Village has developed into an area
favoured by visitors, who take advantage of relaxing along the Harbour Beach