After a request from the west by my friend Sandra Bodycoat to send some photos of Mackay as a trip down memory lane for her, here goes.
Sandra, I don’t know what was here when you lived here and what wasn’t but I have picked a few places that I know you will recognise.
In River Street on the Eastern side of the Forgan Smith Bridge, the area has all been made into a recreational area with a restaurant, boardwalk, fishing platforms and sound arena where they sometimes have bands playing and the occasional festival.
|Round Top and Flat Top Islands from Far Beach|
|Looking along the foreshore from just on the south breakwater at all the multi story apartments and the start of hundreds of yachts at the Marina|
|The undercover play area to the south of the now Surf Lifesaving Club where there is a great recreational area|
|Further along that same area|
|Lots of shade areas and barbeques but you have to be quick to get a spot|
|Part of the recreational area looking towards the old Post Office in River Street. Immediately to right is a cafe|
|Looking East in same area with Paxtons just left of centre and further down is the Fish Market with a highrise where the Crown Hotel was.|
|West up River Street towards Canelands with St Pats Catholic Church and more highrises in the back ground|
Caneland has been nearly doubled in size now with the introduction of the Myer store and a lot of Specialty Stores and a 3 story car park on the river side. Along the River Street side of the Centre are about 5 Restaurants including Sizzler which are accessible after hours.
There are a lot of high-rise apartment blocks around the CBD with a few between Caneland and the Forgan Smith Bridge and 4 or 5 springing up in the City Heart as well.
A few changes have occurred around your old stamping grounds, the Andergrove Caravan Park, with houses encroaching on the boundaries and a waterski playground opposite the BMX track.
|A waterski Park right next to the Andergrove Caravan Park with a housing estate growing around it|
|The BMX park up and across from the caravan park|
|The intersection that headed left towards the school. Over the other side of that still on Beaconsfield road is a large retirement village|
|Andergrove Caravan Park|
|The ski park again|
The harbour has grown incredibly since you were here, with multi story apartment blocks springing up where the surf used to tumble to shore and a large recreation area and barbeques to the south of the swimming area which is packed each weekend.
Whitsunday has grown also to 70 odd students, and about 7 staff to cater for Monday to Friday and a small group who are full time. I have got Kathy, my daughter running the place for me while I travel and 3 other staff rostered over the 7 days so we have grown as well.
This is short and sweet but will give you an idea on how things are shaping up in the metropolis of Mackay.