What we stand for
In a business world that is rapidly evolving, it is essential to stay connected, be informed, and have your voice heard. At the Townsville Chamber of Commerce, we embody these principles every day.
Since our foundation in 1882, we have been at the forefront of fostering the entrepreneurial spirit that continues to thrive today across industries in our region. As one of the oldest institutions in the city, we continue to play a pivotal role in helping Townsville continue to develop, grow, and prosper.
We are dedicated to focusing on the issues that affect businesses here and now, so they can benefit from opportunities in the future. We work collaboratively with all levels of government, other representative bodies, and both public and private sector organisations to advocate for a business environment that is conducive to growth and prosperity.
Why Join Us?
Connect: Being a member of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce allows you to connect with a network of businesses and professionals who are as dedicated to growth and development as you are. Networking events, business expos, and online platforms will keep you connected with the local business community. Find out more
Stay Informed: We provide timely and relevant information on the issues that matter most to your business. From legislative changes to economic trends, we ensure our members are informed and prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Find out more
Be Heard: Advocacy is at the heart of what we do. We give our members a voice on the issues that impact their business. Whether it's through our submissions to government, participation in public consultations, or direct engagement with key stakeholders, we ensure your concerns are heard and addressed. Find out more
For over 141 years, the Townsville Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in advocating for key infrastructure projects, supporting local businesses through economic downturns, whilst promoting sustainable growth and development.
Our commitment to the Townsville business community is unwavering, and we continue to work diligently to support our members and the broader community as their only independent voice.
We invite you to become a part of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce. Together, we can work towards a brighter and more prosperous future for Townsville. Whether you are a new business looking for support and connections or an established business seeking to expand your network and influence, the Townsville Chamber of Commerce is here for you.
Join us today and Be Connected, Be Informed, and Be Heard.
The History of Chambers of Commerce
The concept of a Chamber of Commerce is not new, and there are Chambers of Commerce in every corner of the world. We are not officially connected with each other, but we all have the same goal to further the interests of businesses.
The first Chamber of Commerce began in 1599 in Marseilles France “Room of Commerce” with businesses joining together in a mutual effort to increase commerce in Marseilles. The idea caught on across Europe and in 1826 the first Chamber in Australia was formed in Sydney, Brisbane in 1868 and then in 1882 the Townsville Chamber of Commerce was formed. So before Australia became a nation the Townsville Chamber of Commerce existed.
Past Presidents of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce
Over 141 Years the Presidents and Board of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce has been comprised of dedicated business leaders volunteering their time, extensive skills, experience and contacts to make a difference to our community. Enabling the Townsville Chamber to be the only independent voice of the business community, connecting, advocating and informing members since 1882.
1st 1882-83 Hon. W.V. Brown
2nd 1883-84 W. Kirk
3rd 1884-86 Hon. Robt Philip
4th 1886-87 A.D. Lewington
5th 1887-89 Jas. Macintosh
6th 1889-90 W. Lennon
7th 1890-91 J. Macpherson
8th 1891-92 W.A. Ackers
9th 1892-95 Jas. Macintosh
10th 1895-96 W.A. Ackers
11th 1896-1901 Jas Macintosh
12th 1901-03 J.N. Parkes
13th 1903-04 G.H. Pritchard
14th 1904-05 J. Cummins
15th 1905-06 W.A. Welch
16th 1906-10 G.H. Pritchard
17th 1910-12 W. McRae
18th 1912-28 J.N. Parkes
19th 1928-30 S.M. Hopkins
20th 1930-31 W. McIllwaine
21st 1931-32 D.W. Cross
22nd 1932-34 R. Thomsen
23rd 1934-37 S.M. Hopkins
24th 1937-39 J.A. Hackett
25th 1930-41 S.P. Swan
26th 1941-44 H.G. Pass
27th 1944-45 S.M. Hopkins
28th 1945-48 L. Lawrence
29th 1948-51 J.A. Hackett
30th 1951-52 R.A. Hughes
31st 1952-54 C.W.B. Cook
32nd 1954-55 D.C. Young
33rd 1955-58 J.H. Woolrych
34th 1958-59 A.A. Steinbeck
35th 1959-60 J.D.W. Higgins
36th 1960-61 L.R. Davies Graham
37th 1961-63 R.L. Gregson
38th 1963-65 A.L. Homewood
39th 1965-67 K.J. O'Shea
40th 1967-68 B.W. Calder
41st 1968-72 Ken Atkinson - Life Member
42nd 1972-74 T.J. Camp
43rd 1974-76 Ken Atkinson - Life Member
44th 1976-77 Doug Symes
45th 1977-80 Col Rains
46th 1980-85 Graham Jenkinson - Hall of Fame since 1998
47th 1985-86 Rod Barnes
48th 1986-87 Graham Jackson, Loloma Jewellers - Hall of Fame since 2012 & Life Member
49th 1987-88 Warren Short
50th 1988-89 Mal Lappin
51st 1989-90 Warren Short
52nd 1990-92 Kevin Schreiber
53rd 1992-94 John Walker
54th 1994-97 Mal Missingham
55th 1997-99 Fay Barker - Hall of Fame since 2012 & Life member
56th 1999-2001 Tim Hanson
57th 2001-2003 Peter Duffy, wilson ryan grose Lawyers - Life Member
58th 2003-2005 John Bearne, TCS - Hall of Fame since 2012 & Life Member
59th 2005-2006 Mick Reilly, MASSIC
60th 2006-2009 Craig Stack, Knight Frank - Life Member
61st 2009-2011 John Carey, wilson ryan grose Lawyers - Life Member since 2014
62nd 2011-2013 Dawson Wilkie TCS, UDP
63rd 2013-2015 Stephen Motti, Brazier Motti
64th 2015-2017 Troy Popham, Crowe Horwath
65th 2017-2019 Debbie Rains, Escape Travel, Travel Associates
66th 2019-2021 Michele Falconieri, wilson ryan grose Lawyers
67th 2021- 2023 Chris Rockemer, Menninger Capital
68th and Current President is Miranda Mears, Australian Impact Group and Cyber Sense
For almost 8 generations business owners, organisations and entrepreneurial individuals from a wide range of industry sectors across North Queensland have become members of Townsville Chamber of Commerce to widen their professional networks, raise their profile, learn and support an organisation that invests in the success of our business community.
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