Dial your colour as Cane Fire sculpture lights up Mackay

Media Release


27 November 2015

Joint release with:

Deirdre Comerford

Mayor Mackay Regional Council

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Streets in Mackay's CBD have received a facelift thanks to the Mackay City Centre Public Realm Improvements project which will be officially opened today with the lighting of the Cane Fire sculpture.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $8.83 million towards the upgrade of the public space.

“An upgrade like this means more tourists will be attracted to the city centre with spin-off economic and social benefits for the whole of the fast-growing region of Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen lit up the sculpture today at the official opening and said the upgrade would enhance community pride and sense of ownership.

“Today's opening marks the completion of the Mackay City Centre Public Realm Improvements project which included the restoration of the heritage-listed Pioneer Shire Building and upgrade of the adjoining parkland,” Mr Christensen said.

“The restoration earned the Mackay Regional Council a silver award at the National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards for excellence in undertaking conservation works.

“The seven-metre Cane Fire sculpture was locally designed by Niche Art. It has created a sense of place in the city centre and will become a significant landmark in Mackay, using LED technology so visitors to the city centre can create their own lighting effects through their smart phones.”

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Deirdre Comerford said the Council had invested a further $8.02 million into the project which revived the CBD area of Wood Street and Victoria Street.

Cr Comerford said the revitalisation had produced a vibrant streetscape.

“The end result is a fresh, new-look city centre that is visually enticing for tourists, shoppers, patrons and new businesses wanting to invest in Mackay,” Cr Comerford said.

“The project included the installation of public artwork created by local artists, streetscape works and decorative pavements.

“New water fountains, furniture and bicycle racks have also been installed. Feedback on the revitalised City Centre now the project is complete has been extremely positive.”