Background Information

Girudala Community Co-Operative Society Ltd was established in 1974 as a not-for-profit community organisation under the name Whitsunday Community Co-operative. The name Girudala was adopted in 1983 and the organisation was incorporated as an advancement society under the Co-Operative and Other Societies Act.

Girudala plays a strong role in the community; promoting and supporting education, housing, health and employment.

The co-operative has built up a large housing stock over the past 30 years and is now one of the largest co-operatives in North Queensland.

Girudala is managed by 7 members, who have been elected as Directors of the organisation. There are 26 members of staff and more than 180 members.

The programs run include;

  • Affordable Housing
  • Aged, Home Care Packages & Community Care Program
  • Skilling Qld for Work
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Nutrition
  • Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
  • Sexual Health
  • Youth Health
  • Indigenous Outreach Program
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Welllbeing


Girudala's reputation is built on the quality long-term partnerships established in the past, continued to grow with, and the ongoing partnering opportunities we are constantly building with our clients and other members of the business community.

Girudala strives to deliver services of a high standard. The staff and premises are utilised as a resource centre, enquiry centre, venue for meetings/workshops/training/community events and provide emergency relief for community members when needed.

The organisation was presented the ANTaR Close the Gap Award in 2010 for services to address health care for our Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and wider community members.

Girudala has developed business arms from the organisation to create employment within, clinical health services in the Herbert Street Family Medical Centre and tourism at the 360 on Flagstaff Cafe.