About us

About Us

Whitsunday Housing Company Ltd (WHCL) is a not-for-profit (PBI) company managing emergency, transitional and long term social housing throughout the Whitsunday Region.

The Whitsunday Housing Company seeks to provide housing for those on low incomes and/or those who are limited for other reasons in acquiring affordable, safe, secure and accessible long term housing. Through our association with other housing groups, Government departments and housing forums,WHCL will seek to advocate, lobby and support the housing needs of the Whitsunday region. The group is representative of the regional community and endeavours to maintain an operational framework, which will continue to enable broad access to those seeking to assist it in this mission. Privacy, confidentiality, acceptance and support are respected elements in the work of our organization.

Whitsunday Housing Registered under the NRSCH

Whitsunday Housing Company Limited is proud to announce its successful registration as a provider under the new National Regulatory System for Community Housing.

The aim of the National Regulatory System is to ensure that the community housing sector is well governed, well managed, and capable of meeting needs of tenants, while also providing assurance for government and investors.

Registration under the new national system is a significant achievement requiring organisations to demonstrate and maintain high standards in all areas of operation.

For more information on the NRSCH and what it means for the community housing sector please visit the NRSCH Website. (https://www.nrsch.gov.au/home)

Our People

Board Members

Chairperson – Jan Clifford

Was born in Melbourne and educated in Western Australia. Jan held senior management roles with  the In Shoppe, WD & HO Wills, Toyota and the Laser Cutting Industry in Melbourne.

In 1994 she decided to leave Melbourne and settled in the Whitsundays where she gained employment with Jewel Hotels & Resorts as their Regional Sales & Marketing Manager. Jan then moved on to set up her own sales and marketing company and in her first year of operation won a prestigious AFTA award.

In 2008 Jan was successful in her bid to be elected to the newly amalgamated Whitsunday Regional Council as the councillor for Division 1. In 2012 & 2016 she was re-elected and continues to serve her community.

She holds a diploma of Management and is currently undertaking a Diploma of Local Government. Cr Clifford serves on a wide range of boards and committees in various roles.

They include but are not limited to:

PCYC Whitsunday – Committee Member past Treasurer & Vice Chair
Regional Centre for Social Development – Committee Member and past Company Secretary
Australian Local Government Women’s Association – Immediate Past President
Diploma - Australian Institute of Directors
Jan has been a director since 2008. Jan was the previous Chairman and took a break from May 2013 & re-joined the Board as Secretary in July 2014 and was elected as Chairperson in September 2016.


Director – John Harris 

Born in Horsham Victoria to a farming family, who moved to the Western District of Victoria to dairy farm. Educated in Portland, followed by 17 years on the family farm. After selling the farm in 1977, John relocated his family of 4 to Airlie Beach buying a small holiday unit complex on Coral Esplanade and also the local Taxi Service which consisted of only one car at the time.

He established an earth moving business at the same time and continued to expand this business through the growth period of the Whitsundays around 1983.

John was then invited to join the real estate agency of Raine and Horne Whitsunday in 1984 and has continued in this industry for the past 31 years, having experience in sales, project management, property management, property development, house building, body corporate management, commercial leasing and management. He has personally developed a 27 lot rural residential subdivision situated on Parkland Drive Woodwark, and has developed spec homes in Cannonvale.

John has been a Director of Hardash Pty Ltd and Queensland Body Corporate Management Pty Ltd, A Real Estate Company and a Body Corporate Management Company, and still the Sole Director of Hardash Pty Ltd now a service company.

John has been a member of the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach, and have held the offices of President, Secretary for 3 years and member of the Board for many years. He is honoured to have been awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Club.

John joined the Board of Directors in September 2015 and has been a member of WHCL for 1 year prior.

Treasurer – Jackie Bluck

Originally from Mackay, graduated with a Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting in 1991, then completed her CPA whilst working on the Gold Coast as a Tax Accountant, Business Specialist and Auditor.

In 1997, Jackie then moved to Central Queensland to work in the Coal Mining Industry as a Financial Accountant, then Mine Site Accountant. During her 17 years in the industry Jackie progressed to Commercial Manager for various Mining Companies.

In 2014, Jackie was appointed Manager of Accounting Services, then Manager of Mining Town Projects with the Isaac Regional Council.  Jackie moved to the Whitsundays at the commencement of 2016 and is the Proprietor of Hobby Central Australia as well as an Auditor for Clubs.

Jackie joined the Board of Directors in September 2016.


Chief Operating Officer – Joanne Moynihan

Senior Tenancy Manager – Jill Morris

Finance & Administration Officer – Michelle Hughes-Smith