Thursday, February 22, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Community Mayoral Forum Come Along!

With the election race heating up, Mayoral Candidates are looking for every opportunity to engage with the community and The Whitsunday Conservation Council (WCC) are hosting a special event which is open to the public.

The Mayoral Candidate Forum is due to take place on 28 February, 6:30 pm start at the Reef Gateway Hotel in Cannonvale.

It is a free forum and everyone is welcome.


The forum theme is Sustainability and Liveability in the Whitsundays.

“As a Great Barrier Reef destination, the Whitsundays is second to none. But as tourism grows, so does the community. This growth is putting pressure on what we love most about the region, our natural environment,” said Tony Fontes from the Whitsunday Conservation Council.


“Our Council plays a key role in promoting sustainability and liveability in the Whitsundays. It is important that our elected officials recognise and fulfil their role. At the forum you will hear the candidates for mayor explain their vision and leadership for our region.” 


WCC is a community group operated by volunteers, with a supporter base of over 1,500 individuals. WCC works closely with Whitsunday Regional Council, advising on environmental issues and recently won their Environmental Achievement Australia Day Award.


The community is welcome to submit questions for the candidates through WCC. Simply email them to by midday, Tuesday, 27 February. 


Doors at the Reef Gateway Hotel conference room will open at 6:00 pm for a 6:30 pm start.

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