Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors (GWCOM)

Think Globally, Act Regionally, Deliver Locally

The Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors is a collaborative partnership between Mackay Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council and Whitsunday Regional Council.

The partnership is committed to welcoming investment and growing the economic value and diversity of the greater region.

Established in 2012, the purpose of the partnership is strategic in nature and primarily includes:

  • Identification of opportunities for innovation and collaboration across the region
  • Develop organisational capacity through the sharing of resources in order to achieve cost efficiencies
  • Identify and support cross-boundary priorities and challenges
  • Pursue better funding outcomes for the region, aiming to broaden the Whitsunday region economy
  • Identify and prioritise infrastructure initiatives and deliver strategies to secure the Whitsunday region's future
  • Strengthen relationships with State and Federal government and agencies
  • Speak with a united voice representing collective interests with an aim to influence key decision makers from both government and private sector
  • Deliver outcomes focused advocacy to leverage funding and deliver key projects for the benefit of the Whitsunday region and its communities
  • Assess and monitor government policies and, where appropriate, develop policy position on behalf of the Whitsunday region
Our Vision

Think Globally, Act Regionally, Deliver Locally.

Our Mission

To create and enhance organisational capacity of councils; to capture and harness the global opportunities for the benefit of the Whitsunday Region.

Our Core Values
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • United
  • Accountable

Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors (previously Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils) collaborate together to deliver projects and initiatives across the diverse region.

These projects have been specifically selected as they meet our core purpose and provide opportunities and initiatives for across the region. Projects include delegations to advocate regional priorities to the State Government, regional safety programs like the Mobile Black Spot Program and ongoing economic drivers like the Greater Whitsunday Alliance.

The Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors Suicide Prevention Project Co-design Report

The Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors Suicide Prevention Taskforce has unveiled an innovative community-led suicide prevention model aimed at improving mental health care in the Greater Whitsunday region.

The Pathways Connect model is designed to work in alignment with all existing services, community groups, and initiatives within the region.

The Taskforce was established in response to the regions ‘concerns about escalating suicide rates and the difficulties residents face in accessing appropriate mental health services.

Over the course of 2022, Greater Whitsunday Communities worked alongside a diverse range of community members and service providers to design an outreach model to create better access to mental health resources.

Greater Whitsunday Communities is now seeking financial contributions and partnerships to begin implementation of the pilot model, with the intention of working in alignment with all existing services, community groups, and initiatives.

Visit Suicide Prevention Mayors Taskforce Project for more information.

View the Suicide Prevention Taskforce Final Report 2023(PDF, 9MB)



The economy of the Greater Whitsunday region offers diverse investment opportunities with a proven track record as a region for growth and prosperity.  The Bowen and Galilee Basins house the largest coal mining deposits in Australia.

The region also boasts a strong agribusiness sector and is one of the nation's largest sugar and bio commodity producers. It contributes more than $22 billion of economic value to the national economy and covers an area of 90,000 sqm with a high standard of infrastructure to support industry growth.


Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors
PO Box 41
Mackay QLD 4740

Phone: (07) 4961 9525


Greater Whitsunday Alliance 
Level 1, 224 Victoria Street
Mackay QLD 4740

PO Box 1076
Mackay QLD 4740

Phone: (07) 4845 8222