Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Changing The Face Of Business

Businesses have the chance to breathe new life into their building facades and enhance the overall experience for residents and visitors alike.

This council initiative, which has been in place for nine years, supports quality facade improvement works.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the Facade Improvement Grant was a collaborative effort between council and local property owners and business operators.

“By working together, we strive to encourage the revitalisation of commercial facades, infusing new vibrancy into the region's business districts,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Successful applicants will be eligible for a co-contribution of up to 50 per cent of the total project costs,” he said.

“Businesses can receive funding support of up to $5000, making it easier to embark on the facade enhancement projects they envision.”

The grant covers a wide range of improvement projects including:

● Painting of facades and exterior walls visible to the public realm.

● Restoration of historic buildings.

● Installation of new business signage.

● Renovation of entrance ways, doors, tiles and other facade elements.

● Installation of external awnings, lighting and street-visible windows.

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must meet specific criteria outlined in the guidelines, which can be found online at

Tempus Studio, in Romeo Street, underwent a dramatic transformation thanks

to a Facade Improvement Grant in 2022

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