Historical Activities


Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Regional Showcase Canberra March 2015

The Whitsunday Roc represented by the three mayors, Deirdre Comerford form Mackay Regional Council, Anne Baker from Isaac Regional Council and Jennifer Whitney from Whitsunday Regional council travelled to Canberra to showcase the best of produce the region has to offer at the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Regional Showcase.

The mouth-watering menu featured tasty delights ranging from panfried prawns with creole spice to a duo of bruschetta pecorino, honey and fried capers, all made with produce from our region.

Guests washed down the delicious food with beverages like mango crush, featuring Bowen Tomato Company mango puree and Sarina Sugar Shed vodka, and espresso martinis made with Whitsunday Gold Coffee.

The event was hosted at Parliament House by Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen and Mayors Anne Baker, Jenny Whitney and Deirdre Comerford.Also in attendance was Ben Wearmouth, CEO RDA Regional Development Australia for our region.

The night provided a great opportunity to show off the region and people were very impressed.


Queensland Regional Showcase Brisbane 12-13 June 2015

What do a platypus, coffee and a photo booth have in common? All were part of the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday exhibit at the Queensland Regional Showcase.

The Regional Queensland Showcase was held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre at Southbank, Brisbane on the 12 and 13 June 2015.

The Mackay Isaac Regional Office, Department of State Development worked in partnership with the Whitsunday ROC, Mackay Tourism, Whitsunday Marketing and Development and RDA to bring a taste of our region to the South East corner.

The Mackay Isaac Whitsunday exhibit was reminiscent of a beach café. Over a free cup of Whitsunday Gold Coffee, visitors to the exhibit had the opportunity to view videos which highlighted what makes our region a great place, to work, live, learn and invest.

A photo booth gave the opportunity to put themselves in the picture in various places throughout our region, whether it was overseeing a herd of cattle out in the Isaac, relaxing on Whitehaven Beach or patting a kangaroo at Cape Hillsborough.

Goodies for the kids included bubbles, helium balloons and turtles, tagged in the Whitsundays. Macka the Platypus also put in an appearance, and was featured on “The Project”.

Caption  The Regional Showcase menu included (front) kataifi prawns with green mango salad, (back) pulled pork sliders and (left) panfried prawns with creole spice.
At the showcase in Canberra are Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen with (from left) Isaac Mayor Anne Baker, Mackay Mayor Deirdre Comerford and Whitsunday Mayor Jenny Whitney



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Whitsunday ROC delegation to Canberra March 2014

Chair of the Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils (ROC) and Mackay Mayor Deirdre Comerford along with Isaac counterpart Anne Baker and Whitsunday Mayor Jennifer Whitney conducted a two-day delegation to the nation’s capital in March 2014.

The three Mayors held positive talks with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, a range of Federal Ministers and senior policy advisors during the two-day visit to push the importance of the Whitsunday region and its infrastructure needs.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen helped facilitate many of the Ministerial delegations and appointments with senior policy advisors.