Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre’s solar project underway

The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) is heading into a new period of environmental sustainability, with an extensive solar installation well underway on its rooftops.

As part of a $2 million Mackay Regional Council city-wide initiative, a 70w solar plant is being placed on the MECC’s Auditorium roof and a 100w plant installed atop the convention centre. As well as being environmentally-friendly, this solar initiative is estimated to provide a return on investment for the Centre within four years.

Next year is looking particularly strong for the MECC, with coming events including an inaugural combined conference for Rotary Districts 9550 and 9570 in May, which is expected to attract approximately 400 delegates from throughout north eastern Australia and from as far afield as Timor Leste.

Later that month, an estimated 350 delegates will attend the Association of School Business Administrators (Qld) Conference, marking the first time that the conference has been staged in North Queensland.

In September 2020, the Bowen Basin Symposium is expected to attract 600 national and international mining sector geologists to Mackay and is the second time the event has been held at the convention centre.

Nicky Hansen, MECC’s sales and business development coordinator says there is also strong local support for events including the city’s Invest Mackay Events and Conferences Funding Program.