About Us

Who We Are

Our vision – To enhance the lives of women

The Mackay Women’s Centre is an incorporated, non-government, community-based organisation, governed by a local board which is elected annually. The Mackay Women’s Centre provides a range of free counselling and support services for women in the city of Mackay and surrounding region.

Read or download a copy of Mackay Women’s Services Annual Report 2020

Board Members

  • Karen May – Chair Person
  • Karen Beckham – Deputy Chair
  • Jordana Abela – Secretary
  • Belinda Hassan – Treasurer
  • Linda-Ann Northey – Board Member
  • Amanda Lavarack – Board Member
  • Bronwyn Green – Board Member
  • Meredith Papas – Board Member
  • Lara Tom – Board Member
  • Rhiannon Minniecon – Board Member
  • Anne Butcher – Board Member
  • Amanda Shipp – Board Member
  • Angela Hays – Board Member


To listen to the voices of the women, children and men with whom we work to create agile, innovative, empowering and responsive services that best meet service user needs within existing resources, while maintaining all necessary accountabilities.


  • To be a high-performing service
  • To strive to enhance the quality of lives of women and children in our region
  • To work with men to develop positive relational behaviours to keep women and children safe
  • To respect the rights of individuals


  • Feminist framework — gendered nature of violence
  • Wholistic approach in supporting women, within family, community and society
  • Social justice approach — rights-based, women make their own choices, women are empowered to exercise their rights
  • Respect for others
  • Non-judgemental
  • Clients interests as a priority
  • Empower women to be happier and healthier.


The Mackay Women’s Centre Constitution can be downloaded here

Inside this document, you will find information on the following topics: funds and accounts, bylaws, functions of the board, membership, alteration of rules and more.