The Mackay Regional Council says it has consulted local retailers over a proposed $17 million redevelopment of the north Queensland city centre.
Council will lodge an application to the Federal Government under the Regional Development Australia Fund to cover half the cost of the project, while the sale of council assets will contribute the other half.
Upgrades to public areas on Victoria and Wood streets, as well as improvements to the Pioneer Shire Building, have been planned and will need to be be completed by 2016.
Mayor Deirdre Comerford says a meticulous planning process over the past 12 months will boost the council's chances of a successful application.
"They're very strict with the criteria, you've got to show how you've engaged with the community," she said.
"There's a lot of ticks you've got to put in a lot of boxes and I'm very confident and comfortable that we can demonstrate what they hope to have done we have in fact done.
"That's what makes this a good application to go to the Federal Government." Councillor Comerford says if the application is successful, there is no better time to complete the project.
"You've got to look at, well you can remain the status quo and that's what we've had for 20 years or you can take advantage of an opportunity and create something for the future," she said.
"There's always pain when you do change but you've got to be convinced that the outcome you're chasing will be worth all of the inconvenience that will come, but we've got to get through the stages of the funding round first." 'Destination shoppers' Local fashion retailer Donna Lamprecht has owned her business in the heart of the CBD for the past nine years.
She says upgrades to the overall look of the area will entice shoppers to the area.
"In this day and age you have to give a shopper atmosphere and the vibe has to be fresh and clean," she said.
"Destination shoppers will never die and never stop going to the places they love to go to shop.
"In the city centre, whether it be really good restaurants or really good boutiques, [they] will always survive because they give you a good mix you can't recreate in the big shopping centres." She says the upgrades will encourage walk-through traffic back into the area.
"If it does come to light I think it will be amazing for the CBD mainly because of the culture and history of the heritage buildings that are in Mackay," she said.
"We've just got so much we can offer in terms of the cosmopolitan atmosphere we can create.
"Once the city centre is revamped and revived it will be amazing."