Zonta Club of Mackay Inc.


Our coastal city of Mackay with over 120,000 people is located about halfway between Brisbane and Cairns – truly the centre of Queensland. With its coastal location and an annual temperature of 23 degrees Celsius Mackay offers residents and visitors alike a relaxed, tropical lifestyle that combines all the facilities of a modern regional city with an array of natural wonders.

The Coral Sea, deserted islands, the Great Barrier Reef and fantastic fishing and scuba diving are all on our doorstep. The mountains – complete with their crystal clear streams, rain forests and unique flora and fauna – are also an easy drive away. And of course there is the Pioneer River – one of the few blue-water rivers along the Queensland coast.

Mackay is the largest sugar producing area in Australia. The city is also a vital service centre for the mines of the nearby Bowen Basin which produce 85% of the state’s coal. The beef and tourism industries are also important to Mackay’s economic base and this diversity has helped the city to maintain its prosperity.

Club History

The Zonta Club of Mackay was chartered in October 1992. Our club is part of Area 5 (Mackay, north to Cairns and west to Mt Isa), comprising nine clubs with over 200 members. Area 5 is in District 22 which encompasses Queensland and northern New South Wales (Northern Rivers), comprising 45 clubs.

To achieve the objectives of Zonta International, the Mackay Club works to improve the status of women of all ages through addressing education, health and economic needs in our local community. We are also strong supporters of the Zonta Internationals ZONTA SAYS NO campaign and more information is at  Zonta Says NO

Major Programs


  • International Women’s Day  (IWD)   The 2020 celebration will be notified towards the end of 2019.
  • Candle Lighting Ceremony – In memory of those who have died as a result of Domestic and Family Violence.  May each year – 2019 details to be advised.
  • Reclaim the Night – Last Friday in October.  The 2019 event is on 25/10/2019 starting at 5.30pm at the Blue Water Quay, River St Mackay.
  • UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 0n 25 November. 2019 events will be posted later this year
  • White Ribbon Day – 25 November


  • Annual Women in Science Breakfast
  • Young Women in Public Affairs Award recognises leadership in young women in senior secondary school.
  • Enhancing the Status of Women through promotion and support for International Women’s Day on 8 March each year
  • Scholarship to a woman doing the STEPS program at CQU
  • Jane M Klausman award is awarded to a woman currently completing a Business degree.  Applications closing 1 July 2019. 


  • Provision of breast care cushions to local hospitals for breast cancer patients – 2019 date to be advised.
  • Assembly of Zonta birthing kits for delivery to developing Countries – 26 August 2019 at venue to be advised.


Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs

The Mackay club sponsors Z Clubs in the following schools in the Mackay District:

  • CQUni Golden Z Club
  • Holy Spirit College – HSC Z Club
  • Mirani High School – Mirani Z Club
  • North Mackay High School – HOWW (Helping Others World Wide) Z Club
  • Northern Beaches High School – Northern Beaches Z Club
  • Pioneer State High School – PSHS Z Club
  • Sarina High School – Zarina Z Club
  • St Patricks College – St Pats Z Club
  • Whitsunday Anglican School – WAS Z Club

If your school is interested in starting a Z Club please visit the Z Club web site or email  the Mackay Club President

Young Women In Public Affairs     

The 2020 Young Women in Public Affairs Award will open around November 2019.  Applications will be available through your school or university or by emailing the club zontamackay@gmail.com.  The winner will be announced at the Zonta International Women’s Day Brunch in 2020.


The Mackay club sponsors the Mackay Women lunch – a networking and knowledge forum for women in business. This group meets monthly on the second Friday of the month.

Club Meetings

Dinner meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Ocean International Bridge Rd Mackay – 6.00 for 6.30pm. Enquiries regarding membership or to attend a meeting, contact the Club President by email or write to Post Office Box 1233, Mackay. Qld. 4740. You can also find us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/ZontaMackay