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. Construction on the Ogden Street CBD Bus Hub starts.

  2. Chamber holds discussions with State Govt regarding new Procurement Policy to benefit regional businesses.

  3. Young Chamber Committee transforms into the Chamber’s Project Committee (CPC).

  4. Chamber signs is third Memorandum of Understanding with the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

  5. Chamber & Ergon Energy hold discussions re high cost of electricity bonds. Pilot project results in new policy & improved outcomes for new regional businesses across Qld.

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

  7. Chamber advocates for the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) to re-think its funding criteria, accelerate the selection process, and distribute funds to new projects.

  8. Townsville celebrates its 150th anniversary. Queensland Nickel closes. Chamber is part of the State's advisory group on the issues of unemployment affecting the region.

  9. JCU opens its CBD Campus.

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

  11. NQ Cowboys win the NRL Grand Finals and momentum for the NQ Stadium is at fever pitch.

  12. Chamber applauds the funding of the CBD Bus Hub by the State. It will take a further 4 years for a location to be secured. First Chamber Coffee.

  13. CBD businesses are in decline. Chamber maintains its position that Council must take on the role of economic activator for the precinct.

  14. Chamber is a main proponent in Council's 2030 Vision of 30 000 people working and living in the CBD by 2030. Chamber support Council's Economic Development Plan to that effect.

  15. Chamber delivers Public Transport Study, proposes public transport corridor linking CBD/Douglas Knowledge Precinct /Stockland & identifies Ogden St. preferred location for hub.

  16. Chamber celebrates 130th anniversary. Declares support for the NQ Stadium. Over the next four years, we insist the Qld Govt award the bulk of public tenders to local businesses.

  17. Lag effect of 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC) start impacting NQ businesses. Chamber hires its first CEO, Marie-Claude Brown to help in the response.

  18. The Chamber takes a business delegation to Port Moresby. Chamber carried six trade missions to PNG between 2006 and 2013.

  19. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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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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