21 Jun 2017

We have installed a memorial seat at Mackay’s North Wall beach to help commemorate past residents with a connection to the area.

The seat, which was installed today, was suggested by local resident Judy Keogh after her husband Peter passed away.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said he was proud to see the engagement between employees and local residents resulting in better outcomes for our community.

“Our communities are an integral part of our ports and we appreciate feedback and suggestions,” Mr Lewis said.

“Where there are opportunities to work on community projects such as this, we take them,” he said.

Mrs Keogh said the seat would be a benefit to all beach users, but particularly for those looking for somewhere peaceful to reflect.

“From his younger years Peter spent most weekends at North Wall looking for a wave to catch,” Mrs Keogh said.

“Our connection to the area remained after we were married, spending many years with our children in and around the Mackay Harbour on our boat ‘Iris May’,” she said.

“I suggested to NQBP that a seat could be installed somewhere close to the Port to enable families to remember loved ones that had a connection to the area,” she said.

“I’m grateful to NQBP for listening to our suggestion and installing the seat, it’s a great result”.

North Wall beach is located alongside the Northern Breakwater of the Port of Mackay. It is a popular beach with surfers, stand-up paddler boarders, recreational fishermen and walkers in the Mackay community.