Andrew Willcox was sworn in as the third Mayor of Whitsunday Regional Council on Monday, 4 April 2016.
Born and raised in Bowen, Andrew owned and managed a tomato farm and business before entering local government. Andrew and his wife Raylene live at Queens Beach, where they have raised their three children.
Andrew was first elected to Council in 2012 as Councillor Division 6, representing the communities of Bowen, Queens Beach, Merinda, Cape Upstart and Guthalungra.
During the 2012-16 term of Council, Andrew held the role of Deputy Mayor from 2013 to 2016 and served on the Audit Committee, Rural Fires Finance Committee, Workplace Health & Safety Committee and the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group. Andrew also represented Council on several community and business organisations, including Bowen Collinsville Enterprise, North Queensland Bulk Ports' Bowen Wharf Working Group and the Bowen Development and Information Strategy Group.
Andrew is a strong advocate for the Whitsunday Region and is committed to leading a united, cooperative and inclusive local government.
His priorities include supporting economic development and job creation opportunities, delivering the vital infrastructure required to support the region's growing population, and engaging the community to better inform Council's decision making.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys fishing, snow skiing and spending time with his family.