Biosecurity economics Biosecurity sciences Biosecurity engagement Climate Fisheries Food demand in Australia Forests Invasive species Labour Land Use Agricultural productivity Quantitative sciences Social sciences Farm surveys and analysis Trade Water Agricultural forecasting Working papers About my region – Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday Queensland About my region is a series of individual profiles of the agricultural, forestry and fisheries industries in your region. This regional profile presents an overview of the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors in the Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday region and the recent Queensland financial performance of the broadacre, beef, grains, dairy and vegetable industries. [expand all] Regional overview The Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday region of Queensland is located in the east of the state and includes the Whitsunday Islands. The region comprises the three local government areas of Isaac, Mackay, and Whitsunday, and the major regional centre of Mackay. The region covers a total area of around 90,125 square kilometres, or 5.21 per cent of Queensland's total area, and is home to approximately 172,600 people (ABS 2018). Agricultural land in the Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday region occupies 79,861 square kilometres, or 89 per cent of the region. Areas classified as conservation and natural environments (nature conservation, protected areas and minimal use) occupy 8,070 square kilometres, or 9 per cent of the region. The most common land use by area is grazing native vegetation, which occupies 42,464 square kilometres or 47 per cent of the Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday region.