About Us

The Townsville Chamber is an a-political member-based organisation working to continually improve business conditions in Townsville.

Fully funded by its members only – we receive no public funding – the Chamber is the independent voice of local businesses. The Chamber offers opportunities to grow your network; promotional platforms to help with your marketing; and connections to the Townsville business community.

135 Years Young

The entrepreneurial spirit we find in today’s local business and industry was present when the Townsville Chamber was founded in 1882. As one of city’s oldest institutions, the Chamber has helped Townsville developed, grow and prosper.

  1. The Townsville Chamber is formed in May 1882. It believes expanding the Port’s facilities is the most important challenge facing the city.

  2. Chamber sponsors Theodore Bevan to explore trading links with PNG.

  3. First Chamber President, William Brown, addresses the Queensland Parliament for a local harbour board to be established.

  4. The Townsville Harbour Board Bill, drafted by local solicitors Roberts and Leu, passes in the Queensland Parliament.

  5. Chamber organises its first “Buy Local” campaign, an ongoing campaign ever since.

  6. Chamber urges expansion of trade with China and Japan.

  7. During WWII, a Federal Commission investigates food shortages in Townsville, at which the Chamber speaks of people’s hardship and need for further assistance.

  8. The first Junior Chamber’s event is a dance in February.

  9. Chamber starts agitating to improve the Bruce Highway, which leads to the construction and opening of the Burdekin Bridge in 1957.

  10. Chamber produces its first annual economic review, the Chamber Year Book, and has each year ever since.

  11. Chamber organises a convention, with every mayor from Sarina to Atherton demanding the Bruce Highway be sealed. It happens in the early 1980’s.

  12. Chamber signs its first Memorandum of Understanding with the Jakarta Chamber of Commerce.

  13. Members elect the first woman Chamber President, Fay Barker.

  14. The Young Chamber Committee (YCC) holds its first Business Awards for young employees and young entrepreneurs.

  15. First Memorandum of Understanding with the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry and continuous MoUs since.

  16. For the next two years, Chamber represents 200 CBD businesses affected by the redevelopment of Flinders Street from a pedestrian mall to a mixed-use street.

  17. Chamber hires its first CEO, Marie-Claude Brown.

  18. Chamber declares its support for the Integrated Sports and Entertainment Precinct, which became the NQ Stadium.

  19. Chamber holds its first innovation forum.

  20. Chamber holds its first digital disruption forum.

  21. First fortnightly CBD Coffee.

  22. Young Chamber Committee holds its first Cash Mob at Mary Who on Flinders Street.

  23. First monthly Kirwan Coffee.

  24. Chamber reaches 2,000 Facebook and 3,000 Linkedin connections.

  25. Chambers of Ayr, Home Hill, Charters Towers, and Hinchinbrook join with Townsville to produce the North Queensland Chambers Magazine.

  26. The Young Chamber Committee transforms into the Chamber’s Project Committee.

What We Do

We focus on issues affecting businesses here and now, so they can benefit from opportunities in the future. We work collaboratively with all levels of government, with other representative bodies, with public and private sector organisations.

We advance the interests of our members in regional opportunities and community affairs. The Townsville Chamber is itself a small business with two staff, a Board of 12 volunteers and a Projects Committee with eight volunteers.


Our Rules

The Chamber is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated in the State of Queensland. Our Rules are currently under review to be presented to members at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

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Our Charter

Since 2012, Chamber focuses on three main priorities: advocating for the creation of jobs and for the retention of skills in our city and region; supporting projects that define the city; and improve connectivity, be it by road, rail, air, sea or in the Cloud.

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